Another 'Blessing of Liberty' Ends up in Disaster for School Children

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What is going on in America’s schools is perhaps the most important issue of our time. While some Republicans continue to obsess over tax rates and licensing reform while purposely eschewing the culture war, children are being indoctrinated in the most disgusting ideologies you can imagine. While economic and regulatory issues are certainly important, they hardly carry the generational consequences of what the current education system is bringing.

On that point, another “blessing of liberty” emerged at a New York City prep school.

Last fall, parents at the posh $55,000-per-year Dalton School got wind of their first-graders being taught sex-education lessons that included masturbation.

They complained to school administrators, but were told they had simply “misinterpreted” what Dalton’s now-notorious “health and wellness” educator Justine Ang Fonte — who last month led a controversial and explicit “porn literacy” workshop at another elite prep school — was teaching.

But after The Post’s exposé last week on the porn class, Dalton parents “bombarded” the school with more complaints about Fonte’s curriculum, sources told The Post.

The Post viewed video of a cartoon Fonte used in one of her sex-ed classes for 6-year-olds showing little kids talking about “touching themselves” for pleasure.

If you aren’t familiar with what a “blessing of liberty” is, it’s a reference to a past assertion by The Dispatch writer and professional Never Trumper David French, who defended drag queen story hour for little children, under the guise of the First Amendment.

In fact, French was arguing this weekend that laws banning Critical Race Theory in schools are a free speech violation — despite the fact that taxpayers clearly have jurisdiction over public schools and universities.

In this case, Dalton is a private school, but the problems are just as relevant as if this occurred at a public school (and rest assured, this kind of thing is happening at public schools, as well). The government steps in to stop the abuse of children in a variety of arenas, and at no point is “this is a private matter” an acceptable excuse. Why is it acceptable here? Teaching six-year-olds this kind of denigrate garbage is harmful. It’s the kind of over-sexualization of children that leads to predatory relationships and abuse. Yet, it’s allowed. Someone should seriously be asking why and whether we want to live in that type of society.

Frankly, I just don’t buy the First Amendment arguments against protecting children in obvious situations like this. Is it a First Amendment violation for CPS to remove a child from a home where they are being verbally abused? Is it a First Amendment violation to say you can’t sell porn to children? Clearly, it’s not, so why would it be a violation for a local government to say you can’t teach this kind of predatory nonsense to kindergarteners? We aren’t talking about federal dictates from on high. Local and state governments have far more leeway in this arena, and they should use it.

Surrender is not an option, though it seems to be the preferred one for a certain segment of the Republican Party. And look, I understand that maybe a court strikes down some of these laws that seek to protect children. But that’s not an excuse to simply not try. Some things are more important than feigning principle for your “conservative” newsletter.