State Rep: Parents need opt-out for LGBTQ history bill

State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia)
State Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) (Photo via Facebook)

LOUISVILLE, Ill. — A state representative in southeastern Illinois is saying the Inclusive Curriculum Bill needs a parental opt-out.

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) announced that he had voted against the bill in an article that was carried by several small town newspapers, but had Bailey’s byline.

“I am opposed to yet another mandate on our teachers,” Bailey said in the article. “There is nothing that prevents the teaching of the lives of historical figures including if they were known to have been homosexuals. But forcing that information on 5 year olds and elementary school children is more of an effort of indoctrination than of learning history about individuals who accomplished important discoveries in science or created great works of art.”

He said in the article also didn’t like that there as was no option for parents to “opt out” their kids from those lessons “for religious reasons or because their child may not be of a mature enough age to fully understand the meaning and implications of what LGBT actually is.”

It would require the inclusion of LGBTQ historical contributions in any textbooks purchased through block grants from the state. Any group listed under the Illinois Human Rights Act would be highlighted. The law, if passed, would apply only to public schools.

The bill is on its way to the state Senate, where it passed last year.

Bailey was elected to the district in the southeastern part of the state in 2018. He was endorsed by Illinois Right to Life, Illinois Family Institute and Illinois Family Action. IFA, you might remember, was one of the organizations that really hated the Satanic statue at the statehouse this past holiday season.