House GOP grill State Dept on Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice, “left social agenda”

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FIRST ON FOX: Members of House Republican Study Committee (RSC) are demanding answers from the State Department on their plans to appoint a Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice.

RSC Chairman Jim Banks of Indiana led the letter, signed by 37 of his fellow House Republicans, asking Secretary of State Antony Blinken on leaking the decision to appoint the official.

“America should be a beacon of life and liberty, not abortion and fairness,” Banks told Fox News Digital in a statement Friday.

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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., believes the "left is obsessed with indoctrinating children."
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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., thinks “the left is obsessed with indoctrinating children.”
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In the letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digitallawmakers raised concern over the planned appointment of the special representative, pointing to President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring federal agencies to produce an “equity action plan” and citing language in the executive order that “includes terms such as ‘advance racial equity’, ‘end systemic racism’ and ‘counter misinformation’.”

“This is exactly the same language used by left-leaning politicians, academics, media and corporations to justify new kinds of discrimination, censorship and other measures aimed at stripping Americans’ rights and dividing our country. “, says the letter. “Such a radical ideology has no place in the United States and exporting it will hurt our image abroad.”

The lawmakers wrote that their concern is that the special representative “will draw on Biden’s State Department track record of promoting critical race theory ideology” and that U.S. opponents, such as China, “will pounce on any statements made by the appointee apologizing for America’s humanity.” register of rights.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces questions from Republicans about the State Department's new Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice

Secretary of State Antony Blinken faces questions from Republicans about the State Department’s new Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice
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Republicans also said the State Department is hosting UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, E. Tendayi Achiume, who “is a member of the Critical Race Studies program and is a proponent of the theory criticism of race” and called the ideology “self-defeating” with “anti-Americanism” playing a “key role”.

“China, our main adversary, understands that critical race theory weakens the United States, so one of the Communist Party’s propaganda outlets, China Global Television, has promoted critical race theory to United States,” they wrote. “In official diplomatic settings, China has claimed a false equivalence between the imprisonment of Uyghurs in concentration camps and the United States’ ‘deep-seated’ and led to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.”

“The State Department’s left-wing social agenda goes beyond supporting critical race theory,” the lawmakers continued. “Under your leadership, the State Department has worked to remove abortion restrictions around the world.”

Banks and his RSC colleagues pointed to the US Embassy in Vatican City raising an LGBT pride flag, calling it a “transparent provocation to the tenets of Christianity”, and wrote that, to “appease the far left, the State Department has created a new passport ‘X gender marker designations for people of “unspecified or other gender identity”.

Representative Elise Stefanik was among the Republicans who signed Banks' letter.

Representative Elise Stefanik was among the Republicans who signed Banks’ letter.
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“The Republican Review Committee strongly opposes attempts to use federal agencies to advance left-wing cultural priorities at home and abroad,” the lawmakers wrote. “The RSC’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 would prohibit federal funds from being used by the State Department to promote un-American ideas such as critical race theory.”

Lawmakers also called on Blinken to answer several questions given his “use of the State Department to promote radical, destructive, and destructive cultural policies.”

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Among the 37 GOP lawmakers who joined Banks on the letter were House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik of New York, Senate candidate from Oklahoma, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan. .

A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the department “does not comment on official and internal correspondence” and pointed to Blinken’s statement regarding the appointment of Desirée Cormier Smith to the position.

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