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A Seattle mother and activist proposed a novel method to combat liberal ideology in public schools: Educate the kids about controversial topics before teachers can.As conservative parents across the country fear that progressive curricula will influence their children, activist Katy Faust suggested they focus on equipping kids with knowledge to resist assimilating to the cultural left rather than fight a losing battle with school boards.”Parents out there who are afraid of sending their kids to school, who are worried that the culture is going to consume them, you accurately understand the threat,” Faust told Fox News in an interview. “I’m not going to minimize how insane and how damaging these ideas are.””It is war,” Faust continued. “It’s a war of ideas. The good news is we are on the side of reality.”Faust lives in Seattle with her husband, a pastor, and four kids who range from sixth grade to college age. She started a children’s rights organization, Them Before Us, which according to its website, “exists to advance social policies that encourage adults to actively respect the rights of children rather than expecting children to sacrifice their fundamental rights for the sake of adult desires.” CHRIS RUFO: JOY REID’S ‘CHILDISH,’ ‘UNHINGED’ INTERVIEW WITH ME BACKFIRED ON NETWORKFaust believes that, in order to protect children from falling victim to leftist indoctrination, parents need to start teaching kids how to think critically about controversial topics at an early age. “They don’t have to be cultural victims. You can equip them, you can train them, and they can actually be forces for good in the world,” the Seattle mom told Fox News.”Parents, you cannot sit this one out,” Faust said. “Whether it’s socialism or racism or pornography or sex or transgenderism, you have to get to your kids first.”While the idea of speaking to young children about such mature topics is uncomfortable for most parents, it is necessary, according to Faust. “I know what you’re saying is, ‘I’m not ready to talk to my fourth grader about this,’” Faust said. “Well, the world is talking with your fourth grader, so you have to get to them first, right, in an age-appropriate way.””Everything is against you: the schools, the media, the government, social media,” Faust told Fox News.She and her husband developed a parenting philosophy in which the couple “shepherd” their kids through all the challenging ideas they would inevitably one day face.”We tell them, by the time they hit sixth grade, we expect them to know more about these topics than anyone else in the room,” Faust told Fox News.She said she encourages parents to saturate kids with truth for the first decade of their lives, during which they unquestioningly absorb everything they see and hear. At such an influential stage of development, she said, parents should be focused on filtering out damaging ideas about worldview, gender, race, and other such topics. Then, once critical thinking kicks in around age 10 or 11, “the great equipping begins,” Faust said. At this stage, parents should urge kids to further investigate and defend their views.”You don’t need special curriculum. You just need to invite your kids into what you’re already watching and seeing and listening to,” the child rights advocate said. “Day by day, moment by moment, you’re going to strengthen their worldview.”Faust recommended parents engage with their kids on subjects as they learn about them, whether they are reading an article about the harms of cross-sex hormones on kids or watching a video about the damaging aspects of critical race theory.”People are not our enemies. Bad ideas are the enemy,” Faust told Fox News. “And that is what we need to equip our kids to fight against.”Parents need to resist the urge to pull kids from school systems altogether and instead enable them to challenge bad ideas and those perpetuating them, Faust said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”It’s our kids who are on the battlefield,” she told Fox News. “Just make sure they don’t go into the battle without the weapons that they need.”And for concerned parents who worry educators will fail students who question ideologically monolithic teachings, Faust said, “sometimes you have to fail.” “The bright red line that we cannot cross is: Do not lie,” Faust said. “Even if you’re not going to rebut and refute all of the bad ideas, at minimum, don’t lie.””Figure out a way to complete the assignment truthfully,” she continued.”Conservatives have had more kids on average than people on the political left for decades,” Faust said. “We’ve allowed the other side to raise our kids. That needs to end.”
The lives of thousands of Afghan interpreters hang in the balance as districts in the unstable nation continue to fall to the Taliban amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Having little faith that the U.S. government will pull through on its promise to these heroes on the ground, some have begun to seek alternative ways to ensure their safety.Greg Adams, a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces, decided to take matters into his own hands after years of being let down by the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. He started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the immediate evacuation of his former interpreter and the man’s wife from Afghanistan. So far more than $28,500 has been donated since the fund started in June. Adams worked closely with Moneer, the Afghani civilian, in 2009 and 2010.”Moneer was instrumental in everything that we did.” Greg Adams told Fox News. “This is somebody who was a trusted adviser for me and was tied into decision-making every single day.”
Moneer and Greg Adams speaking to village elders and recruits from throughout the Afghan district.
As American troops complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan, Beijing appears to have been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to enter the war-torn country.For President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party, Afghanistan is a crucial piece of the puzzle. It offers a portal through which the Chinese military might access the Arabian Sea, via Iran or Pakistan.The war-torn country could also provide access to Iran and the Middle East, and a route to the Indian Ocean and on to Africa.As China prepares to make significant investments that would secure its influence in Afghanistan, author and CCP expert Gordon Chang has doubts about the regime’s ability to succeed. “Because the Chinese are more vicious, yes, I think they’ll have a better chance of achieving their goals in Afghanistan than us,” Chang said in an interview with Fox News. “But having a better chance doesn’t mean they’ll succeed. I think they will just take longer to fail.”TALIBAN SURGES AS BIDEN PULLS US TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, WITH EXPERTS WARNING OF ‘FOREIGN POLICY DISASTER’”We’ve seen China establish relationships in unruly areas, but this would be a much bigger commitment for them,” he continued, pointing out that Afghanistan is one of 14 countries bordering mainland China. “This is not some far away commitment where they can just pull up stakes, once China goes in it is going to be extremely hard for them to get out.”As mentioned, one of China’s key interests in Afghanistan is access.Chinese leaders have reportedly already been negotiating a deal with Kabul authorities to invest in Afghanistan’s infrastructure through China’s international “Belt and Road Initiative.”The trillion-dollar program has funded multiple projects, generally focusing on hard infrastructure like airports, roads and seaports, throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.US FORCES PULL OUT OF BAGRAM AIR BASE IN AFGHANISTANIt has been used by the Chinese Communist Party to grow its influence by providing infrastructure loans to poorer countries in return for control over local resources, of which Afghanistan has plenty. Tapping into Afghan’s vast natural resources has been a long-standing goal of China. The country sits on an estimated $1 trillion to $3 trillion in mineral wealth, including rare semi-precious gems, copper, iron, gold, uranium and lithium, which is essential in batteries for alternative energy sources.The deal with the Afghan government would reportedly extend the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a project started in 2013.Chang, however, speculated that extending the BRI may end up benefiting the Afghans, not the Chinese. “I don’t think Belt and Road really is that important in terms of the way Afghans think,” he said. “It just gives them more leverage over the Chinese, because once you start building infrastructure you’ve got to protect it.” When it comes to accessing Afghanistan’s vast untapped natural resources, he claimed it may be more costly than China anticipated. “It’s going to be pretty expensive for them to get minerals out of Afghanistan.” “I’m not saying they can’t do it; I think they probably will do it. But the cost is going to be much higher than they presently contemplate.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Afghanistan is an unruly country,” Chang points out. “Even with [China’s] 30-year lease on their copper mine were not able to take advantage of it.” Finally, by gaining a foothold in the region, China seeks to deny Uyghur and other Turkish minorities sanctuary and avoid an anarchic scenario in which a rise in Islamic fundamentalism on its border threatens domestic security in China.”Beijing is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against them, and they’re worried that Afghanis are going to aid the Uyghurs,” said Chang. With its bought influence, Beijing will expect the Taliban to ignore the “genocidal” oppression of their fellow Muslims, the 12 million Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province, which sits close to the Afghan and Pakistani borders.Chang expressed his doubts, saying, “Although [the Chinese] are vicious, I don’t think that they’re as vicious as the elements that they’re going to face.” “They’ve got a great relationship with the Taliban, but the Taliban are not the only element in Afghan society. There are a lot of militants with very different interests,” he observed. “India can play these groups against China in Afghanistan, bedevil the Chinese, bog them down.”Ultimately, Chang believes the decision for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan was the correct one.”Right now, the most important threat to the United States are not the militants in Afghanistan, but China. We were bogged down in Afghanistan with this whole notion of nation building.” He went on to suggest the U.S. focus on redeploying its forces to aid friends and allies in the regions surrounding China. “Beijing has a lot of money, they can do a lot of things, but they can’t do everything and right now they are overstretched. And it looks like they’re going to add one more commitment to something that, yeah, maybe they can succeed, but is going to come at an enormous cost.””I would love to see China get mired into Afghanistan,” Chang admitted. “This is going to be fun to watch.”
As most Americans kick off their Fourth of July celebrations, the New York Police Department’s Harbor Unit remains all hands on deck to ensure the city’s safety over the holiday weekend. “Prepping really starts July 5 of last year” Inspector Anthony Russo, commanding officer of the NYPD’s Harbor Unit, told Fox News. In addition to their usual search and rescue duties, counterterrorism efforts, facility patrols and more, Harbor Unit officers will have all eyes on the East River on Sunday, making sure the Macy’s fireworks spectacle goes off without a hitch. Even before the 65,000 fireworks are placed on the barge just off Red Hook, the unit’s scuba team sends divers to inspect every inch. “This is something that’s been a recent change coming up on the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” said Lt. James Donnelly, head of the scuba team.EXPERTS SOUND ALARM OVER AMERICAN MEDIA’S CELEBRATORY TONE OF CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY’S 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY”We’re checking under these barges for any sort of anomalies — anything that looks like a bomb, something that could hurt anyone. Because obviously this would be an excellent terrorist target.”As thousands of people watch the fireworks from the water on crowded commercial and private boats, the harbor patrol will be gearing up for the most difficult part of their evening.”The most stressful is after the fireworks, when you have the less experienced boaters trying to get back to their home ports in the dark,” Russo said. The combination of alcohol and boats is a dangerous one, he said, especially when factoring in low visibility at night.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Other than focusing our efforts on where the crowds are going to be, we don’t treat this day any different than we do any other day,” Russo said. “Every day we’re doing counterterrorism initiatives, escorting ferries, we’re driving bridge stanchions, we’re diving ship bottoms. So we if we treat every day the same, hopefully, we can prevent that attack.”
Many on the left are attempting to use Juneteenth to push an anti-American agenda and racial division, but the holiday has always been a day for recognizing America as an exceptional nation, says the leader of the Heritage Foundation, a prestigious conservative think tank. “Juneteenth is a perfect answer to those who are promoting critical race theory,” Kay C. James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said in an interview with Fox News. “Juneteenth says, no, we do not need to destroy the very structures of this nation, the things that make us great. That while there were issues or problems in our history, look at how we overcame and are overcoming them.”June 19, 1865, also called Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, was the day Union soldiers enforced President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. It was two months after the South’s official surrender in the Civil War and two and a half years after the proclamation went into effect.On Wednesday, Congress passed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday in a 415-14 vote in the House one day after the bill passed in the Senate.The day represents a critical turning point in American history, said James. It was the day that America finally began to live up to one of its greatest principles: a nation devoted to liberty for all.NYT REPORTER CLAIMS TEACHERS CAN’T EXPLAIN JUNETEENTH TO STUDENTS IN ‘FEAR’ OF ‘CRITICAL RACE THEORY BACKLASH’”For me and I hope for most Americans, it’s a holiday that we can all celebrate because it says that we as a nation recognize that the institution of slavery was in absolute conflict with our very core principles and values from our founding, and that Americans fought an entire war to get rid of the institution of slavery,” said James.While some use Juneteenth to push their “Hate America” agenda, the conservative leader pointed out, Juneteenth is a day for recognizing the greatness of America: That, though flawed, America was built on humanity’s highest ideals and endowed with a constitutional framework that allowed it to right its wrongs throughout history.”I do believe that there is a contradiction going on in the heart of many Americans right now,” James said in regards to those who celebrate Juneteenth while also promoting ideas like critical race theory and the 1619 Project, which claim that America remains systemically racist. MSNBC’S JOY REID MOCKS PARENTS WHO SAY OPPOSING CRITICAL RACE THEORY DOESN’T MAKE THEM RACIST: ‘IT DOES’James, a Black woman who has served as president of America’s leading conservative organization for three years, believes conservatives need to “step into this moment.””This is not a moment that I shy away from in our American history and in our American culture,” said James. “As conservatives, we believe in human flourishing. We believe in lifting people out of poverty, finding solutions to the education gap in this country. We know how to provide better access to health care.” “It’s a privilege for me to speak out on a day like Juneteenth to say, ‘Would you give our ideas a look?’ CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”One of the biggest battles” facing conservatives in the debate over race in America “is separating out those individuals who say, ‘If you’re against critical race theory, you therefore by default are a racist,’” said James. “We have to diffuse that. “For anyone interested in having a genuine, sincere conversation about where we are as a nation – if you genuinely care about solving racial problems in America – ask a conservative to really explain to you why critical race theory is not appropriate.”
As American educational institutions continue to be called into question, a North Korean defector fears the United States’ future “is as bleak as North Korea” after she attended one of the country’s most prestigious universities.Yeonmi Park has experienced plenty of struggle and hardship, but she does not call herself a victim. One of several hundred North Korean defectors settled in the United States, Park, 27, transferred to Columbia University from a South Korean university in 2016 and was deeply disturbed by what she found. “I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” Park said in an interview with Fox News. “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”Those similarities include anti-Western sentiment, collective guilt and suffocating political correctness. Yeonmi saw red flags immediately upon arriving at the school.During orientation, she was scolded by a university staff member for admitting she enjoyed classic literature such as Jane Austen. “I said ‘I love those books.’ I thought it was a good thing,” recalled Park. “Then she said, ‘Did you know those writers had a colonial mindset? They were racists and bigots and are subconsciously brainwashing you.’”NEW YORK CITY’S MESSAGE TO KIM JONG UN HONORING OTTO WARMBIERIt only got worse from there as Yeonmi realized that every one of her classes at the Ivy League school was infected with what she saw as anti-American propaganda, reminiscent to the sort she had grown up with.”’American Bastard’ was one word for North Koreans” Park was taught growing up. “The math problems would say ‘there are four American bastards, you kill two of them, how many American bastards are left to kill?'”She was also shocked and confused by issues surrounding gender and language, with every class asking students to announce their preferred pronouns. “English is my third language. I learned it as an adult. I sometimes still say ‘he’ or ‘she’ by mistake and now they are going to ask me to call them ‘they’? How the heck do I incorporate that into my sentences?””It was chaos,” said Yeonmi. “It felt like the regression in civilization.” “Even North Korea is not this nuts,” she admitted. “North Korea was pretty crazy, but not this crazy.”After getting into a number of arguments with professors and students, eventually Yeonmi “learned how to just shut up” in order to maintain a good GPA and graduate. In North Korea, Yeonmi Park did not know of concepts like love or liberty. “Because I have seen oppression, I know what it looks like,” said Yeonmi, who by the age of 13 had witnessed people drop dead of starvation right before her eyes.”These kids keep saying how they’re oppressed, how much injustice they’ve experienced. They don’t know how hard it is to be free,” she admonished. “I literally crossed through the middle of the Gobi Desert to be free. But what I did was nothing, so many people fought harder than me and didn’t make it.”Park and her mother first fled the oppressive North Korean regime in 2007, when Yeonmi was 13 years old. After crossing into China over the frozen Yalu River, they fell into the hands of human traffickers who sold them into slavery: Yeonmi for less than $300 and her mother for roughly $100. With the help of Christian missionaries, the pair managed to flee to Mongolia, walking across the Gobi Desert to eventually find refuge in South Korea.In 2015 she published her memoir “In Order to Live,” where she described what it took to survive in one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships and the harrowing journey to freedom. “The people here are just dying to give their rights and power to the government. That is what scares me the most,” the human right activist said. She accused American higher education institutions of stripping people’s ability to think critically.”In North Korea I literally believed that my Dear Leader [Kim Jong-un] was starving,” she recalled. “He’s the fattest guy – how can anyone believe that? And then somebody showed me a photo and said ‘Look at him, he’s the fattest guy. Other people are all thin.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, why did I not notice that he was fat?’ Because I never learned how to think critically.””That is what is happening in America,” she continued. “People see things but they’ve just completely lost the ability to think critically.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWitnessing the depth of American’s ignorance up close has made Yeonmi question everything about humanity. “North Koreans, we don’t have Internet, we don’t have access to any of these great thinkers, we don’t know anything. But here, while having everything, people choose to be brainwashed. And they deny it.”Having come to America with high hopes and expectations, Yeonmi expressed her disappointment. “You guys have lost common sense to degree that I as a North Korean cannot even comprehend,” she said. “Where are we going from here?” she wondered. “There’s no rule of law, no morality, nothing is good or bad anymore, it’s complete chaos.””I guess that’s what they want, to destroy every single thing and rebuild into a Communist paradise.”