Republicans ‘creating a problem that doesn’t exist’ with education laws

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A Michigan state Democratic senator whose impassioned speech in the Senate went viral last week says her fellow Republicans are creating problems that don’t exist in an effort to piss off their supporters and avoid attacking to the “real problems”.

A speech given by Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow went viral last week in which she refuted an unfounded claim by a fellow Republican who accused her of wanting to “groom and sexualize kindergarteners. “. The accusation, posed by Michigan Sen. Lana Theis in a campaign email, is part of a broader effort by GOP lawmakers nationwide to restrict how public schools deal with sexual orientation. and gender identity.

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Such efforts include polarizing rhetoric — including the term “grooming,” which inappropriately equates educational materials and educators with pornography and even child molestation, according to many opponents of the GOP agenda.

In a fundraising email, Senator Theis called out Senator McMorrow directly, making unsubstantiated accusations against the Democratic lawmaker while pushing against the Progressive Party.

“These are the people we are up against,” Theis wrote in the email. “Progressive social media trolls like Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Snowflake) who are outraged that they can’t teach can’t groom and sexualize kindergarteners or that 8-year-olds are responsible for slavery. “

In response, Senator McMorrow took to the Senate last week to speak out against Theis’ accusation and the rhetoric pushed by her fellow Republicans.

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“Senator Lana Theis accused me by name of grooming and sexualizing children in an attempt to marginalize me for opposing her marginalization of the LGBTQ community,” McMorrow tweeted on April 19 alongside his now-viral remarks, which garnered more than 14 million views.

“I sat on it for a while wondering why me? Then I realized … I’m the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme,” McMorrow said, speaking to Theis. “Because you can’t pretend you’re targeting marginalized children in the name of ‘parental rights’ if another parent stands up and says no.”

McMorrow, who represents cities like Royal Oak and Troy in the 13th districtwent on to defend her stance against educational restrictions, saying she wants her daughter to be supported and respected for ‘whoever she becomes’, and argued that ‘different people are not the reason our roads are in poor condition, or health care costs are too high or teachers are leaving the profession.

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You can watch the speech in the tweet below.

“I’m a straight, white, Christian, married, suburban mom who knows that the very idea that learning about slavery or redlining or systemic racism means teaching kids to feel bad or hate themselves. because they are white is absolute nonsense,” McMorrow said. “No child alive today is responsible for slavery. No one in this room is responsible for slavery. But each one of us bears the responsibility of writing the next chapter of history. We decide what happens next and how we react to the story and the world around us.

“We are not responsible for the past. Nor can we change the past. We can’t pretend it didn’t happen or deny people their very right to exist.

McMorrow joined Local 4’s Devin Scillian on Flashpoint on Sunday to discuss her viral speech and why she felt it was necessary. The Democrat says she believes that by pushing “hateful” rhetoric about sexual orientation and gender identity in their quest to restrict teachers, Republican lawmakers are “creating a problem that doesn’t exist.”

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“There are no sexual acts taught to children,” McMorrow said. “A lot of this language says you can’t even just recognize that people exist in the world… The reality is that it’s just a non-issue, and it’s a hateful distraction from the real issues that affect people.

“…Part of what I wanted to express in my speech is that we need to recognize the hate and the lies and blunt them and then move on,” McMorrow added. “Because it’s just a distraction from roads, schools, water quality, health care costs, inflation – all of those things.

“I’m happy to work with any of my fellow Republicans on real solutions, but the fact is, they don’t have any. And they’re just trying to piss you off and make you so angry. So that’s what I think the Democrats need to do is point out that this is nonsense – so acknowledge, very forcefully, that hate is not acceptable, and that distracts the attention to problems.

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The legislator argues that teachers are on the same side as parents and want to work together to ensure that students’ needs are met.

“Teachers also want a healthy relationship with parents,” McMorrow said. “Be involved in your child’s education so teachers know what’s going on at home and parents know what’s going on in the classroom. It has never been a problem.

McMorrow says she identifies as Catholic and has always been active in her church and community. She told Local 4 that she believes some conservative lawmakers are using their Christian faith to cultivate a culture of hate.

“Seeing weaponized Christianity as a way to justify the targeting of marginalized people, as a way to express hatred, is totally unacceptable and it’s disgusting,” McMorrow said. “I think there are a lot more people like me who need to come back to their own identities and say, ‘That’s not what’s acceptable for people who believe in faith and service.'”

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You can watch McMorrow’s full Flashpoint interview below.

Local 4 talks to Michigan Senator Mallory McMorrow about a speech that is gaining national attention. The Michigan senator joins us to discuss her comments and how people think about what’s happening in politics today.

Previously: Viral speech: Michigan senator Mallory McMorrow hits back at colleague’s ‘grooming’ accusation

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