A New Jersey mother is suing U.S. military officials and her local police chief over the orchestration of a censorship campaign she says coerced the deletion of a Facebook post she made that was critical of sex education.
Angela Reading, a third-year law student at Villanova and mom of two, filed the lawsuit Wednesday claiming an entourage of law enforcement portrayed her as a “security threat” when she objected to a “polysexual” flyer in school.
In November, Reading, who served on her county’s regional board of education until the incident, complained on Facebook after she said her 7-year-old daughter asked what “polysexual” meant at an elementary “Math Night.”
“Why are elementary schools promoting/allowing elementary KIDS to research topics of sexuality and create posters?” Reading wrote. “This is not in the state elementary standards (law) nor in the BOE-approved curriculum. It’s perverse and should be illegal to expose my kids to sexual content.”
Lt. Col. Christopher Schilling, of the nearby Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, flagged Reading’s comments as “security concerns” in a private Facebook post of his own. The base, he added, was working with local police to “monitor the situation” and “ensure the continued safety of the community,” according to the New York Post.
“I was more than surprised. I was scared,” Reading said of Schilling’s response in an interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” last December. “I actually pulled my kids from school the day I found out. It was mind-boggling and I was worried for them when the U.S. military comes after you for simply raising concern about a public poster that is widely available for all to see.”
Reading’s lawsuit, filed by the Thomas More Society, shows documents obtained through public records requests that the U.S. military and local law enforcement colluded to characterize her as an “extremist.”
“Without any evidence, the Joint Base Actors acted in concert to label Mrs. Reading a ‘far-right extremist’ and security threat, worthy of government surveillance,” the filing reads. Their effort “urged state authorities to monitor and take other action against Mrs. Reading for no other reason than her making a simple, constitutionally protected objection on Facebook to age-inappropriate sexual content in an elementary school that directly impacted her own children.”
Comparisons between concerned parents and extremist terrorists have become a routine practice among left-wing ideologues under the Biden administration. In 2021, the Justice Department faced controversy over targeting parents showing up to their local school board meetings as “domestic terrorists.”
On Wednesday, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff equated parental activism in schools with the Nazi hatred which fueled the Holocaust.
“You see it in the discourse in the country right now. You see it in the divide that we have, just going to school meetings. You see that hate that is out there. We’ve got to step up and speak out and we’ve got to call out the cowards out there,” said Emhoff.
Reading’s November Facebook post, said Thomas More Society Special Counsel Christopher Ferrara, “merely questioned why elementary children were being invited to research topics of sexuality, noting that it is not in the state educational standards nor the board of education approved curriculum.”
“Mrs. Reading did not name names or schools, and invited respectful debate,” Ferrara added.