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BOISE, Idaho (ChurchMilitant.com) - Critical race theory is being thrown out of Idaho.
Republican governor Brad Little on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 377, banning the Marxist indoctrination program in public schools statewide. The historic legislation makes the Gem State the first to legally reject ideas that the United States of America was founded on white supremacy.
Writer and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Christopher F. Rufo lauded the decision on social media: "VICTORY: Idaho becomes the first state in the nation to ban critical race theory indoctrination in public schools. Governor Brad Little signed the bill into law, which will prohibit schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation. A historic win!"
VICTORY: Idaho becomes the first state in the nation to ban critical race theory indoctrination in public schools. Governor Brad Little signed the bill into law, which will prohibit schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation. A historic win! pic.twitter.com/Df4f3SiFg2— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 29, 2021
The bill targets specific aspects of critical race theory — prohibiting teachers from promoting ideas that tell students "any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color or national origin is inherently superior or inferior."
Focusing on the white guilt narrative, the new law prohibits educators from teaching, "That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color or national origin."
But not everyone in the Twittersphere is convinced the law will be effective in curbing woke teachers. One user, Dr. James Crawford, believes educators may try to evade the rule: "Congratulations! One issue I anticipate is that 'social justice' teachers will try to evade the law by framing their messaging w/o talking about 'inherent' evil or 'inherent' superiority. There need [sic] to be agency implementing regulations to address specific classroom scenarios."
Congratulations! One issue I anticipate is that "social justice" teachers will try to evade the law by framing their messaging w/o talking about "inherent" evil or "inherent" superiority. There need to be agency implementing regulations to address specific classroom scenarios.— James Crawford (@DrJCrawford) April 29, 2021
Despite the criticism, these aren't the only states challenging critical race theory. After a 70–19 vote, Oklahoma's House advanced a similar bill that would ban educators from teaching the historical-revisionist curriculum.
Currently, there are six other states debating bills intent on limiting Marxist influence within state government institutions. Most of them mirror a Sept. 4 executive order from President Donald Trump (now rescinded by Joe Biden), that had banned all federal training rooted in critical race theory.
Trump's order concluded, "The divisive, false and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the federal government."
States, nevertheless, are facing opposition. New Hampshire's Senate is currently tabling its discussion of Marxist indoctrination at a later date.
But for faithful Catholics, it brings to mind the duty to fight the communist heresy, as Pope Pius XI instructed in his encyclical on atheistic communism: "Such is the positive task, embracing at once theory and practice, which the Church undertakes in virtue of the mission, confided to Her by Christ, of constructing a Christian society, and, in our own times, of resisting unto victory the attacks of communism."