Obama-appointed judge blocks DeSantis law against ‘woke’ indoctrination in schools, calls professors ‘priests of democracy’

A federal judge in Florida quoted novelist George Orwell as he blocked a new law prohibiting the teachings of toxic, racist Critical Race Theory at the state’s public colleges and universities, a centerpiece of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pushback against the “woke” cultural revolution that has bastardized history to promote an anti-white political agenda.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker of the Northern District of Florida, an appointee of Barack Obama, issued a preliminary injunction against the “Individual Freedom Act” or as it is more widely known, the “Stop WOKE” Act” that protects Floridians from discrimination and indoctrination, specifically being made to feel shamed and inferior because of their skin color.

“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” Ron DeSantis said when he signed the legislation in April. “In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.”

In his order halting enforcement of the law, Judge Walker wrote, “’It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,’ and the powers in charge of Florida’s public university system have declared the State has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of ‘freedom,'” quoting the first sentence from Orwell’s 1984, the classic dystopian novel on totalitarianism that has ironically become the playbook for the modern American left.

Judge Walker also referred to university professors as “priests of democracy,” a strange remark albeit one that is consistent with the left’s fervor to replace the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ with those of Marxist educators seeking to tear down the traditional values upon which Western civilization was built.

“The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints,” wrote Walker. “Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy ‘academic freedom’ so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.”

Walker’s flair for cribbing from fiction for his orders was also on display in a previous order, blocking businesses from enforcing the law, which he compared to a Netflix show.

“In the popular television series Stranger Things, the ‘upside down’ describes a parallel dimension containing a distorted version of our world. See Stranger Things (Netflix 2022). Recently, Florida has seemed like a First Amendment upside down,” Walker wrote in his August order.

Twitter users slammed Walker and his order which reads more like a left-wing political manifesto than a sober judicial ruling.

“Critical Race Theory takes people and segregates them against each other. Individualism is not exclusive for any race, and it is patronizing to say people have different work ethic based on their skin color,” said Chris Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who helped draft the legislation. “We are in the initial stages down a dark path, but luckily community leaders have said not in this state, not in this country. I think it is a testament to the legislators in Florida and the greatest Governor in the country right now, standing up to these people. He stood up to the lies, he stood up to the ideologs (sic) and he stood up to the big corporations because he is on your side and he’s not going to back down.”

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