A Democratic council member is accusing Muslims of taking the side of bigots in a debate about school curriculum.
On Tuesday, Democrat Kristin Mink of the Montgomery County Council awkwardly tried to avoid calling Muslim families white supremacists while criticizing their views.
“This issue, unfortunately, does put… some Muslim families on the same side of an issue as white supremacists and outright bigots,” Mink said.
Sometimes you just need to learn when to stop talking.
But Mink did not learn that lesson apparently, and she went on, “The folks who have talked here to today, I would not put in the same category as those folks, although, you know, it’s complicated because they’re falling on the same side of this particular issue.”
Watch the video below:
Montgomery County, Maryland Councilmember Kristin Mink tells the county public school board @MCPS that Muslim families who seek the right to opt out of teachings on sexual morality that violate their religion are on the same side as white supremacists pic.twitter.com/UTgklXRcXu
— Islam RFI (@IslamRFI) June 6, 2023
Fox News notes the incident came after “Muslim children from the district spoke out against their parents’ inability to opt them out of lessons they deemed violated their faith.”
“She argued Muslim families do not have the religious right to opt their children out of LGBTQ books, similar to parents’ inability to opt their children out of studying evolution,” it added.
Mink claimed requiring Muslim students to sit through such lessons is not an “infringement on, you know, particular religious freedoms, just as we cannot allow folks to opt out of teachings about evolution.”
People with abhorrent views can sometimes agree with opinions that are good. It does not mean those opinions or policies are bad because of it.
And parents do not have to be white supremacists, or on their side, to raise concerns such topics are not appropriate for their children to be introduced to in schools. But the proponents of keeping such discussions and materials in schools are so — almost bizarrely — firm in their beliefs they make some of the weirdest arguments against those opposed to them.
Ironically, or perhaps prophetically, Mink’s claim was mocked by a satirical cover story of The Atlantic in October 2022.
“The evolution of white supremacy,” a fake cover of the magazine that circulated on social media read.
It added, “In Dearborn, Michigan, Muslim parents who oppose teaching pornography to children become the new face of the far right.”
Opposing child pornography makes you far right!
Welcome parents! pic.twitter.com/cRMVV3DQBB
— Loudoun County Republican Committee (@LoudounGOP) October 13, 2022
At the time, the joke seemed a bit too crazy to be true. And it was.
But at the same time, with the way the Left demeans ideas by branding them as white supremacist views, it was not hard to believe such a claim would be made about Muslims who disagreed with classroom discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation.
And now, the meme has pretty much become a reality.
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