Family Research Council

Duncan Do-Nots: DOE Secretary Moves to Gender-Neutral Forms


By Tony Perkins
May 21, 2013

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The Department of Education may "leave no child behind," but it's more than happy to leave their genders behind. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Just in time for Mother's Day, Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that, for the first time ever, the DOE is switching to gender-neutral forms. Starting with student aid applications, the words "mother" and "father" will be replaced with "Parent 1" and "Parent 2"--a change that FRC's Cathy Ruse finds highly offensive. "I carried my children for nine months in the womb," she said. "I endured the pain (and joy) of birth... and now the government says I'm Mom no more... It's like Thing One and Thing Two. But Dr. Seuss was being ironic." Well, Arne Duncan may be the head of America's school system, but even he doesn't seem to understand basic biology. At one point, every child had a mother and father. The Department of Education can rewrite a lot of things, but the laws of nature aren't one of them!

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