Todd Starnes: Volunteer State peering into families' lives

Friday, August 14, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

looking out a house window spyingThe State of Tennessee plans to conduct wellbeing checks on children across the state – an initiative that greatly concerns a conservative radio host who calls Tennessee his home.

"Since we know many children have experienced adversity due to the pandemic, child wellbeing checks are a deliberate way all stakeholders in the community can help ensure the needs of our children are met," said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a press release. "I am encouraged by the hard work and dedication of the [Child Wellbeing] Task Force and our districts to support kids and their holistic needs."

Speaking on his national radio program, Todd Starnes said this is none of the government's business.

"The only stakeholders are mommy and daddy – not the government, not the nosy neighbor, not the local school superintendent, not the mailman. It's mommy and daddy," Starnes emphasized.

Todd StarnesThe wellbeing checks are funded by federal money given to states for COVID-19 relief.

"Your tax dollars are paying for this," Starnes told his listeners. "They got a million dollars in federal funding to establish the Child Wellbeing Task Force – and their plan is to dispatch 'wellbeing liaisons' across the state to ensure that all children are checked in on.

"Okay – but what business is it of the state what's happening inside your home?" the radio show asked. "We're not talking about every child in the state being an abuse victim here – and it's one thing if we're talking about child abuse. But it's no one's business what you are doing with your child in your home."

Members of the Tennessee Eagle Forum say they too are alarmed by how much power these liaisons have.

The Child Wellbeing Task Force published its initial COVID-19 report in July.

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