This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
Republican members of the U.S. House have announced that they want to protect children from sexually explicit books, lessons, and programs.
In an announcement, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., said he and dozens of other Republicans in the body are proposing a plan to ban federal, state, and local governments – and private groups – from using federal tax money to expose children under 10 to the offensive content.
Johnson’s announcement said, “The Democrat Party and their cultural allies are on a misguided crusade to immerse young children in sexual imagery and radical gender ideology.”
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He called the new limits “commonsense” and explained, “No federal tax dollars should go to any federal, state, or local government agencies, or private organizations that intentionally expose children under 10 years of age to sexually explicit material.”
The plan is called the Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022.
It “prohibits the use of federal funds to develop, implement, facilitate, or fund any sexually-oriented program, event, or literature for children under the age of 10. The bill prohibits federal funds from being used to host or promote events where adults dance salaciously or strip for children,” the announcement said.
The problems the plan targets already are evident. Planned Parenthood, for example, gets millions of dollars regularly from tax money, but it is “encouraging legislatures and school boards around the country to implement sexual education curricula that teach radical gender theory to children under 10. Children should be learning about reading, writing, and mathematics, not radical gender theory,” the announcement explains.
“Federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services were recently used to fund an event in Alaska where a drag queen performed for children. The Department of Defense is funding drag shows for families on military bases and incorporating radical gender ideology into curricula at DOD schools. HHS and DOD funding should be used to keep our country healthy and safe, not to stage burlesque shows for children,” the announcement said.
The enforcement procedures also would allow parents to sue any public or private group that uses federal dollars in violation of the limits.
“Any organization that violates the law more than once in a five-year period would lose access to federal funds for three years,” the announcement said.
Dozens of GOP House members have joined in the effort, including Reps. Bob Good, Doug Lamborn, Lauren Boebert, Mary Miller, Louie Gohmert, Burgess Owens, Nicole Malliotakis, and others.