In a new report released Monday, the writers organization PEN America argues that efforts to prevent the teaching of Critical Race Theory and related anti-white, anti-American propaganda to captive public school students constitutes a threat to the free speech and the First Amendment.
Hey, that’s funny! Tell us another, PEN!
The registered 501(c)(3) organization,headquartered in New York City, was founded in 1922. PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network—I guess the latter is how the organization is now supporting Marxism. PEN claims to be devoted to ensuring that “people everywhere” have “the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” More than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals are members, according to the group’s website.
Gee, wouldn’t you think out of all those writers, there would be a lawyer around—John Grisham maybe?—, or a law professor, to keep PEN from making a public ass of itself?
“These bills appear designed to chill academic and educational discussions and impose government dictates on teaching and learning,” the report says. “In short: They are educational gag orders. Taken together, the efforts amount to a sweeping crusade for content- and viewpoint-based state censorship.”
I guess we should be happy that PEN has shown its colors, not that anyone who pays attention should be surprised in the least that a group of writers is dominated by the extreme Left when so many institutions that are supposed to be objective have already been poisoned by bias and political motives. “Poisoned PEN!” That has a ring to it, don’t you think?
To note the obvious, public school teachers when they are teaching are not protected from controls over their classroom speech and conduct by the government, because they ARE the government. PEN’s complaint would similarly declare having any set school curriculum as “content- and viewpoint-based state censorship.” Teachers are not permitted to teach about Christianity in class, or lead the class in prayer. The government can’t stop anyone who isn’t teaching public school from doing that. Why isn’t the ban on bringing God into the classroom censorship, indeed court ordered censorship?
Oh some on, PEN. I bet you can figure it out.
So PEN really thinks that a teacher who says, “I believe that women should be kept barefoot and pregnant, in the kitchen and out of the voting booth, and I want to teach my students the truth!” could sue when the school boards says, “Uh, NO. Go find another profession.” They don’t? Then how can the group distinguish that situation from the teacher who protests that he or she has a right to teach classes that the United States was created to sustain slavery, that all of its institutions and systems were corrupted by racism, and that white supremacy permanently oppresses all blacks in America to the extent that they can’t possibly succeed except in isolated, lucky instances?
They can distinguish it because PEN wants our children taught that. That’s how.
The group has made an even more legally nonsensical, constitutionally ignorant claim than the defenders of the NFL kneelers made the moment Kaepernick first insulted the National Anthem. Their foolishness was “It’s a First Amendment right!” Wrong: employees do not have any right to make political pronouncements in the workplace. Amazingly—it really is an achievement—PEN goes even further into fantasy land: the government is violating the First Amendment rights of its own employees, who are agents of the government, when it tells them what they can and cannot say as part of their government responsibilities!
Thus a teacher who decides to teach that, as an addled longshoreman’s history of the U.S. stated in a particularly funny Bob and Ray routine, Abraham Lincoln was born in “Bailey’s Retreat, Maine” couldn’t be prevented from doing so by law, according to our brilliant wordsmiths. Its declaration is an abuse of the organization’s mission and influence. I can’t wait to find out which MSNBC ignoramus cites it first in a tweet or panel discussion.
PEN has blotted itself.
What an embarrassment.