Travis Berger provided his thoughts, noting that he is a male as assigned by his Creator – the triune God – and great Savior, Jesus Christ.
“I am severely opposed to the school district implementing and supporting Black Lives Matter as an organization and the curriculum based on their tactical values and actions,” he said. “Frankly they’re racist and destructive to our community and nation at large. They inflate their experiences, they distort justice, they seek to bend the created order of families and gender – it is not the school district’s responsibility nor should they impose their ever-changing moral values that are not based on objective truth but rather on the social constructs of a religion that is a religion of humanism.”
Berger said he attended a BLM rally in Ames because he wanted to see what they were about and what their attitudes were.
“The vulgarity, the anger that they were speaking of and encouraging – they spoke about burning down the cities, burning down the buildings, they said ‘I hate America,’” he said. “It was just anger and anger coming out of them.”
Fighting racism and seeking justice and equity for all is a worthy goal necessary for the community, Berger said.
“We can and should recognize the historical racism in our country and seek to understand how it was allowed,” he added. “But we also have to teach and recognize how as a nation we have changed and how at large we have denounced racism and recognize the wrongs in our nation’s past in this area.”
He implored the board to allow families to teach their own children about racism, justice, equity, morality and the source of morality.
“It is not for the public educators to do,” he said. “Public educators cannot serve as a parental, moral educator – that is outside of their sphere of authority. Let’s teach in our public schools the basics.”
Berger was cut off shortly after that as he eclipsed his three-minute limit.