Republican State Rep. Garrett Gobble is in his first term at the Capitol. He is also a teacher. And he took to social media on Thursday to defend his fellow educators while saying that Iowa Senate President Jake Chapman “went too far” in his opening comments earlier this week about sexually explicit materials being in Iowa school libraries. He also received support in the form of “likes” from two of his Republican House colleagues — Megan Jones and Chad Ingels.
Here is the portion of Chapman’s comments that were dealing with these education issues:
“Colleagues, the time has come for us to take a stand. It has become increasingly evident that we live in a world in which many, including our media, wish to confuse, misguide, and deceive us, calling good evil and evil good. One doesn’t have to look far to see the sinister agenda occurring right before our eyes. The attack on our children is no longer hidden. Those who wish to normalize sexually deviant behavior against our children, including pedophilia and incest, are pushing this movement more than ever before. Our children should be safe and free from this atrocious assault. Our students should be learning about science, and mathematics; they should be learning about engineering and innovation. Instead, some teachers are disguising sexually obscene material as desired subject matter and profess it has artistic and literary value. The literature being pushed on our students should disturb all of us and if you aren’t disturbed, I can only hope it is because you have not actually heard or seen the content. Nobody, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or occupation has the right to expose children to obscene material. It is for that reason that this body should use this session to address this very issue.
When students are subjected to this violating content, we need to ensure parents have the ability to protect their children by removing them from the district. We can and must tear down the financial barriers that prevent parents from making this decision. We must hold those who distribute this repulsive and criminal content to minors accountable. Let us not forget the quote on the first floor of this capitol which reads “nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.” In other words, we can’t be right by doing the wrong thing, and doing the right thing can never be wrong.”
There is a key word in this statement worth pointing out.
Some teachers are disguising sexually obscene material as desired subject matter and profess it has artistic and literary value.
But here is what Gobble said relating to Chapman’s remarks:
Now, after gathering the facts as presented above, it is important to ask some very basic questions with Chapman’s remarks in mind…
- Do or do these books not contain at least a portion of a “sinister agenda?”
- Did or did some Iowa teachers not defend having these books in school libraries?
It is unbelievable, yet somehow makes perfect sense, that Republican Iowa Senators and Gov. Kim Reynolds are publicly fighting these books while some Iowa House Republicans are misdirecting outrage at other Republicans doing the right thing while embracing Leftist talking points.