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AFA Speaks Out Against ‘Marxists Who Are Intent on Dismantling Our Republic’

Monday, September 20, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

TUPELO, Miss. — A Portland teacher has made the controversial decision to remove the American flag from her classroom, claiming that it represents “violence and menace and intolerance.” Gail Grobey, an English teacher at the local Newberg High School, argued that since the Newberg School Board decided to ban overtly political imagery such as LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter flags, she had the right to take down the American flag as well. The bold decision has been met with a large outcry from the local community, while the school district has yet to respond to the issue.

Even more damaging to the school are the recent reports of high school students participating in—or being targeted by—a social media group chat called “Slave Trade,” which joked about how much participants would pay for their Black classmates in a slave auction. In a letter addressed to understandably concerned and outraged parents, the school’s principal stated, “As a community, we continue to grapple with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.”

In light of these troubling issues, American Family Association (AFA, Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano stated, “There are sizeable segments of our country coming apart at the seams. In large part, this is due to Marxists who are intent on dismantling our Republic. They have a dark vision for our nation that does not include either the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. In those areas, parents had better be cognizant of what is happening to their children and be willing to defend their kids from political and sexual radicals.

“But I also believe that there are much larger swaths of America where sanity prevails. They understand that our nation has problems, but they love this country and believe it can be improved by political cooperation and a steadfast reliance on foundational principles. Even in these segments of the nation, however, parents must be diligent and watchful, because the Marxists have their hungry eyes trained on their children, too.”

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Founded in 1977, AFA has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 160,000 subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine.  Find AFA Action Alerts here.  In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 180 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

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To interview American Family Association Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano, or another spokesperson, contact, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.   



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