Written By David E. Smith
In late May of 2021, the Illinois General Assembly rammed through SB 818, a bill to require so-called “comprehensive sex-education” to be taught in public schools in kindergarten through 12th grade. It was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker and became law on August 20, 2021, despite the hue and cry of parents and grandparents throughout the state. Now, any public school that offers health and safety classes now must teach left-wing sexuality classes to impressionable young students.
The only small bit of good news in the law was that schools had the choice to opt out. Because 70 percent of school districts have chosen to opt out of these new destructive standards, State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago)–the sponsor of last year’s bill–has just filed new legislation to mandate public schools teach this leftist material next school year with no opt-out permitted for any school!
If passed, this bill will mandate the teaching of material that many families in Illinois consider deviant or inappropriate for their children. The bill’s sponsors falsely claim that the mandated content would be “age and developmentally appropriate,” “medically accurate,” “complete,” “culturally appropriate,” and “inclusive.”
Starting in kindergarten, all schools must teach about “sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,” and that means teaching leftists views of “sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression.”
What the bill’s sponsors don’t discuss is what criteria will be used to determine, for example, age-appropriateness, medical accuracy, completeness or who will establish those criteria.
Of course, there is no mention of abstinence-only education in this bill.
This bill is anything but “culturally appropriate” for orthodox Jews, Christians, and Muslims, which makes it anything but “inclusive.”
Take ACTION: Click HERE to send a message to your state lawmakers about the immoral and tyrannical nature of this bill (HB 5188). Let them know that this bill ignores the values and beliefs of millions of Illinois households. Teaching children about sexual health is the responsibility of PARENTS. It is parents who should decide what their children will be taught about sexuality and when. It is neither the right nor the responsibility of the government or public schools to do so. Many thousands of parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens voiced opposition to Villivalum’s prior bill, and yet Springfield “progressives” blatantly disregarded their voices. They’re attempting to do the same with his new parental rights-denying bill.
Please join IFI to raise your voice again in opposition to this bill and help us be the voice for our children.