The President of the Official Polis Recall campaign thinks the “worst of it,” when it comes to the transgressions justifying Polis’ removal from office, is a proposed comprehensive sex ed law working its way through the Colorado legislature.
In a KNUS radio conversation replete with misinformation, Juli-Andra Fuentes, the group’s president, called Colorado’s proposed sex ed law “horrifying” because “you must include the experiences” of LGBTQ students, and “abstinence will not be taught”
And no “religious connotation” can be included, said Karen Murray, a co-chair of the Official Recall Polis site, who was also on the show.
KNUS radio host Peter Boyles, amplifying misinformation promoted by right-wing anti-LGBT hate groups, chimed in with, “Why does the third-grade boy need to know how to put a put a prophylactic on a banana?”
Which prompted Fuentes to say, “Well, it’s not only that. They’re basically saying you cannot employ gender norms, and that by doing that, that’s shame-basing and stigmatizing.”
In fact, the sex ed bill allows schools to not offer sex ed at all, but if they do, the curriculum must be comprehensive, meaning both abstinence and LGBTQ-related information should be offered and religious perspectives can be included.
Boyles said on air that the “truth always knocks these suckers down,” in reference to progressives promoting sex ed, but his own inflaming comment about the third grader, the condom, and the Banana is not true.
The legislation states that the information in sex-ed classes should be age appropriate. Boyles said later in the interview that teaching sex ed to older LGBTQ kids would be “fine.”
Fuentes’ comments reflect her Recall Polis group’s website, which lists the sex-ed bill, described as “Radical Sexual Education Overhaul in Our Schools,” among the top reasons to recall the governor–which is widely seen as an extreme long shot to succeed.
Republican efforts to recall other Colorado lawmakers refer to the sex ed bill in a similar manner.
The Recall Colorado website backed by Colorado House Republican leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock lists the proposed law as a top reason that three legislators should be removed from office, describing the comprehensive sex-ed bill as “State Sexuality Indoctrination: A state indoctrination plan to undermine parental rights to educate their children about sexuality.”
So far, only one of three state lawmakers listed on the Recall Colorado website is facing an actual petition drive that, if successful, would trigger a recall vote.
That’s State Rep. Rochelle Galindo, a Democrat from Greeley.
A Greeley leader of the recall campaign called Galindo, who is gay, a “homosexual pervert,” and said he’d told Galindo to vote against “this homosexual sex education bill,” according to Colorado Politics.
Facebook ads, paid for by Values First Colorado, a Republican Committee led by Neville, state that Galindo is “determined to destroy Colorado one vote at a time.”
They point to her vote for a “gun grab” law, which allows a judge to order that guns be taken from dangerous people–as well a bill allowing for more local control of oil and gas operations.
The Recall Polis organizers complained about media coverage of their efforts.
“You’ve got a home here,” replied Boyles toward the end of his interview yesterday.
“That’s why we need you, Peter” said Murray, the co-chair of the Official Recall Polis site.
“You’ve got a home here!,” said Boyles. “Don’t worry about it! I’m your guy!”
Listen to Fuentes and Murray on KNUS April 21, 2019.