The Idaho GOP convention began Thursday with a lobbyist advocating for more Christian control over child rearing.
Idaho Family Policy Center President Blaine Conzatti pleaded to a classroom full of Republicans — gathered for the Idaho Republican Convention at the College of Southern Idaho on Thursday — for a Christian approach to government on several social issues, and said he would like to see public schools run by churches.
“Even public schools in early America were still run by the local church,” Conzatti said. “So I would like to see that again. But until we get there, the question is how do we mitigate the harm that is being done and do as much good in the system as possible? »
Conzatti was a guest speaker on the agenda for the GOP convention, which kicked off Thursday morning and ends Saturday night.
The Idaho Family Policy Center is a nonprofit organization that defines itself as “a ministry that advances the Lordship of Christ in the public square by engaging the church, promoting God-honoring public policy, and training men of state”.
The center has drafted and pushed several important bills over the past two years, including at least four successful bills related to abortion and two failed bills related to health care for transgender minors and maintaining the “obscene material” beyond the reach of minors. public library.
Even public schools in early America were still run by the local church. … So I’d like to see that again. But until we get there, the question is how do we mitigate the harm that is being done and do as much good in the system as possible?
– Blaine Conzatti, President of the Idaho Family Policy Center
Conzatti bases his arguments on the statements of America’s founding fathers about Christianity. While historians argue that the nation’s founders explicitly wanted religion excluded from government after declaring independence from religion-dominated England, Conzatti cited quotes about how the laws human beings must conform to the laws of God.
“How do we preserve a constitutional government in the United States? Through an education based on the Christian religion,” Conzatti said. “Again, what is the purpose of public education? Love of God, love of country.
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Conzatti discussed several lightning rods in right-wing politics, such as sex education in schools and policies on toilets a student can use based on their biological sex.
He also said the center opposed public funding of early childhood education, aimed at children aged 3 to 5, because he said the idea was rooted in Marxism.
Idaho does not have a state-funded early childhood education program.
According to National Education Associationchildren who attend early childhood education programs are less likely to repeat a grade, less likely to have special needs, and are more likely to graduate from high school.
“I would encourage you, as you think about who to vote for, policy solutions, how to make (Idaho) a better place for families,” Conzatti said. “Let us pursue true north, which is God’s truth.”