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An opinion columnist for USA Today celebrated on Wednesday the news that a tornado had damaged the home of a Republican Florida state legislator.
Michael J. Stern, whose Twitter profile describes him as an opinion columnist for USA Today, a contributor to several other media publications and a former federal prosecutor, sent this shocking tweet on Wednesday evening, addressed to State Representative Joe Harding, who sponsored the Florida parenting show. Education Rights Bill, also referred to by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill.
“I’m not a believer, but the tornado that just ripped through the Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law author’s home makes me reconsider. Hey, Joe Harding (@josephbharding), God thinks you’re a rotten bigot and just b—h-slapped,” he wrote.
Stern defended his offensive remarks to critics and even reposted them, omitting some profanity.
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The bill prohibits teachers from teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Sponsor Joe Harding defended the bill against accusations from critics at Fox News, calling it inappropriate to teach such subjects to children as young as five.
“First, it defines that there are certain instructions related to gender and sexual orientation that are just not appropriate for certain ages, and we define that as kindergarten through third grade,” Harding explained.
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Harding also defended the bill to require schools to notify parents of any changes to the services or screenings they were giving to assess their child’s “mental, emotional or physical health or well-being.”
“The second thing is that it creates an action plan for the parent who is dealing with a school district that has decided they are going to be the parent. They may be taking your student who is dealing with anxiety, stress and even talk about self-harm and they will put them on mental health and take action to change the services at school and protect that student from themselves but never engage with the parent. is just plain wrong, so our bill seeks to address that,” Harding told Fox.
Florida lawmakers noted that there are 13 school districts in the state of Florida with policies in place encouraging teachers not to notify parents of students who have questions about sexual orientation or marital change. gender identity. He called it “dangerous and reprehensible” and touted the bill as offering parents legal recourse.
At a press conference in Tallahassee this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted critics of the bill as oblivious to what Florida parents really want.
“People have actually said that if you don’t have classroom instruction on sexual issues from K-3, corporations don’t want to be in Florida. I think people need to get out of their bubble and talk to parents in this state, because they don’t want this in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade,” he said.
The bill passed the Florida Senate last week and is expected to be signed by the governor.
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