It's sad 'free-range parenting' has to be legislated, it used to be common sense

It’s good to be reminded now and then that common sense is not completely dead --- on life support maybe, but it still has a heartbeat.

For example, Utah has passed the nation’s first “free-range parenting” law. The law means children in Utah will be allowed to do radical things like play outside unattended, maybe even in a park without their parents.

“Free-range parenting” is a fancy label for the regular parenting that occurred in America for over two centuries, until around the 1990s. That’s when progressives really stepped up their game in telling you how to parent your children. Remember? "It takes a village."

This is how far we’ve come --- we have to pass a law to allow kids to be kids. But at least Utah is officially protecting that right.

Most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

Under the new law, children may “walk, run or bike to and from school, travel to commercial or recreational facilities, play outside and remain at home unattended,” as long as children’s basic needs are met, and if they’re old enough to “avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm.” The law does not specify a sufficient child age for this free-range activity, but most parents can figure this out without government guidelines.

In Utah at least, child-welfare agents will not be allowed to take children from their parents if the children are found playing alone at a park, for example. That’s what almost happened to a Maryland couple in 2015 when they were charged with child neglect for letting their ten-year-old son and six-year-old daughter walk home alone from a park where they’d asked their parents to let them play. Child Protective Services opened an investigation on the family, but the parents were cleared of all charges.

A New York City mom coined the phrase “free-range parenting” in 2008. Her nine-year-old son asked her to let him use a map and a metro pass to try riding the subway home by himself. She finally let him one day and she wrote about the experience in her column for the New York Sun. Some called her “America’s worst mom,” but others were glad to finally hear someone speak up in favor of “free-range parenting.”

That Free-Range Mom’s nine-year-old survived his subway adventure and made it home safe and sound. Kids are resilient like that.

Independence, common sense and freedom are pretty great things. Progressives should try those sometime.

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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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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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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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