Indoctrination: 4th grader taught giving up rights for security is ok

This morning, TheBlaze posted a shocking story out of a Florida elementary school. A father, Aaron Harvey, is furious with Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida after finding a piece of paper in his fourth grade son’s backpack that read: “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

According to TheBlaze:

Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, [Harvey] said.

The paper sat unnoticed in Harvey’s son’s backpack for several months until last week, when his son’s mother almost threw it away. The words caught her eye in the trash, and she showed it to Harvey, who said he was at a loss for words. He asked his son, who said Sabb had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down. Harvey said he asked some of his son’s classmates and got a similar answer.

Over the last several weeks, Glenn has exposed education systems like CSCOPE and Common Core that are funded and supported by leftists in Washington and beyond and are slowly taking over our nation’s schools. Needless to say, he plenty to say about this story on radio this morning.

“Florida, I don't know how you're doing it. I don't know how you're doing it,” Glenn said. “Can you imagine your child coming homing with that? If that's not indoctrination, tell me what is indoctrination. After a lesson on the Constitution, the teacher has your child write that, ‘I'm willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure’?”

While initially the spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools, which includes Cedar Hills, told TheBlaze she didn't know what prompted the teacher to have students write the sentence, the school has since contacted Harvey and told him that the sentence came during a lesson with the lawyer and the teacher had nothing to do with it. Instead, the school is now claiming that Harvey’s son “wrote it on his own free will.”

“All the children are pointing at the teacher,” Harvey told TheBlaze on Friday. “They [the school] told me that my son wrote that on his own free will — there’s now way he knew how to write that on his own free will. He likes to use some big words to flourish — [but] if he was going to put together a sentence that political I’m sure it would be more jumbled than a nice sentence like that.”

“Oh, my gosh, I would be outraged,” Glenn said. This is – there's no way to dismiss this. This is indoctrination. We have shown you the curriculum from CSCOPE. We have shown you the things that are happening with Common Core, but those are all, you know, screen shots from the lesson plans, et cetera, et cetera. They are not something that comes right out of the classroom.”

“And everybody has always said, ‘Well, no. Well, that's not really what it is,’” Glenn continued. “When the teachers are saying, you know, preaching against guns and they are saying, ‘You know what? You've got a cracker, you know, eaten in the shape of a gun. We're going to have to call the police,’ everybody says that's just out‑of‑control, you know, political correctness. No, it's not. It's indoctrination.”

Unfortunately, as of late, stories like this have become all the more common. From children being reprimanded for playing with toy guns to teachers imposing their own views on students, the American education system is broken, and Glenn, a long time supporter of home schooling (his two youngest children are home schooled), had a very frank message this morning.

“Pull your kids out of school,” Glenn said. “Get them out. I know that is really harsh, and I know that's really hard and most people can't do it and they are overwhelmed. Let me tell you something. If you are not doing it because you just can't afford it and you're like, ‘I can't do it,’ please think about it, pray on it, talk. Seriously think about it this weekend and if you can't, you can't. And I understand that. And that's why we're going to continue to fight against this kind of indoctrination because we have to stand together because you can't let any child be indoctrinated with this stuff.”

“If you say, ‘I can't do it because I don't know what I teach my kid, I don't know how to do it,’ believe me you'll do a better job than the teachers will. Believe me,” he continued. “You have been trained to think that you are not qualified to teach your child. And you know what? I wasn't qualified to talk about Woodrow Wilson. I wasn't qualified to talk about the progressive movement. But I did my own homework. You are smart enough to do it. You can… And there's plenty of groups that will help you along the way.”

Home schooling might not be a viable option for everyone, but regardless of your situation, joining together to fight against this type of indoctrination and rhetoric in our schools is essential. “Are you willing to roll the dice that this kind of stuff is being done to your kids and you're going to miss it,” Glenn asked. “Are you willing to roll the dice on that?”

“It's not just about politics. It's not education,” Stu concluded. “It's about culture.”

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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