Roy Moore’s Vilification Of Pre-School: One More Reason To Reject Him

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Are you listening Alabama? There is yet another reason you should reject Roy Moore’s bid for a Senate seat (if you need more than him dating teen girls). He is vilifying, of all things, Preschool.

Moore has compared public education and pre-school to Nazi indoctrination. One would think Moore’s credibility on any issue involving children would be utterly gone, yet Trump and some Republicans still endorse him.

Trump is making news today for calling the Access Hollywood recording in which he bragged about sexual assault another hoax, just as he does with the stories of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Apparently, “hoax” does not mean what he thinks it means.

In addition to facing multiple accusations of pedophilia, Roy Moore is now in the spotlight for his incredibly extreme and ludicrous comments about public education. This time, to call the comments “fake news” would require claiming that he wasn’t actually the author of an op-ed he wrote on WorldNetDaily. In the piece, Moore said that preschool was “detrimental to children and our country.” The article came as a response to Hillary Clinton’s idea of universal pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds:

“Any attempt to extend government-controlled education to pre-kindergarten children is another unjustifiable attempt to indoctrinate our youth,” Moore wrote.

Moore went on to elaborate, comparing youth education to Nazi “youth corps”:

Why, then, do social liberals like Hillary Clinton push so hard for the expansion of preschool programs? Perhaps they understand the truth of Proverbs 22:6 better than most parents: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” When the mind of a young child is subjected to state control before fundamental concepts and basic beliefs are formulated, the child is much more likely to learn a liberal social and political philosophy with the state as his or her master. Creation and God-given rights are more easily replaced with evolution and government-granted rights. Totalitarian regimes like those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin knew well the value of a “youth corps.” As Hans Schemm, leader of the Nazi Teacher’s League, once observed, “Those who have the youth on their side control the future.”

As multiple women claim Moore assaulted them when they were underage, and as we learn that he compared Preschool — helping children learn to control hand movements, so they are ready to write, or learn their letters and numbers — to Nazi training, consider that Roy Moore reportedly accepted a $1,000 donation from a Nazi supporter. New York Daily News reported on Willis Carto’s donation. Carto fought in World War II, only to say that he regretted it later.

Carto was a famous Holocaust denier who received a Purple Heart during World War II only to later say he regretted fighting for the U.S. since he considered Hitler’s fall the demise of Europe and America.

The Democratic candidate running against Roy Moore, Doug Jones, commented on this incredibly extremist stance on education. Jones considers statements like Moore’s one reason why Alabama is 49th in education.

See the video below:

Alabama has a clear choice before them and one that should be extremely easy. Vote for Moore, a man who clearly wants America to function as a theocracy, who faces multiple accusations for pedophilia, who rejects rights for minorities, and who holds the most extreme views on issues of major importance, or vote for Doug Jones. While Jones is a Democrat, he is clearly fit for office and is looking out for the best interests of the state of Alabama, including on improving the status of the states’ educational system.

Come on Alabama; this is your moment to prove that Alabamians can rise about Trump and Moore and create a better future for your state going into the New Year. If Moore is elected, it sends a clear message that violating the rights and education of Alabama’s youth is acceptable. Prove that it’s not by turning out to vote for the better man.


Featured image: Preschool class via Wikimedia Commons

 

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Matthew Silvan is a gay man from the American South who has spent years fighting against the scapegoating and demonization imposed on the LGBT community by Republicans and religious hypocrites and zealots. His writing reflects the constant struggle to overcome the inequality and discrimination still rampant in America. He is an advocate for diversity and progress, with a passion for nature and preserving the environment, who also tends to approach things in a lighthearted way despite it all.

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