Kamloops candidate wants banned book, links Satan to gender

A school trustee candidate running for one of five Kamloops locations said she wants certain books to be banned from school libraries, sharing on Facebook a claim that Satan invented all genders except male and female. content.

Jennifer Rowse, a 35-year-old resident of Tobiano, holds public office in Kamloops as a school trustee. She moved to the area from Abbotsford last year, where her two children attend the city’s public primary school.

Rowse is backed by Take Action Kamloops, an anonymous group that opposes vaccine mandates, and previously held a “Mondays Without Masks” at the Real Canadian Superstore, during which they would refuse to wear masks while shopping, thereby ignoring public health orders.

In an email to supporters, Take Action Kamloops called the SD73 Board of Education “Public Enemy No. 1” and described Rowse as “a woman who refuses to stand by and watch as they put masks on their children. , to cheer up the children that she did not and will not support the perverted debauchery that the education system has become.”

Rose initially agreed to an interview with Kamloops this week, but later declined, citing distrust of the media, but did include some information about her views in an email to the newspaper.

The trustee candidate provided a list of 10 books she would like to see currently available in banned District 73 schools, including All Boys Are Not Blue, Totally Normal and You Give hatred”.

Rowse also questioned the sex education taught at SD73 schools, calling it and books about sex and gender “sexual indoctrination.”

Another campaign point that Rowse made in his email to KTW was transparency.

“Total transparency is a respect for all parents. Honesty and transparency builds trust, and I honestly have a healthy distrust of government because of the lack of transparency. It’s a big topic I could talk about for a long time,” Rowse said in a statement. At the same time, she declined KTW’s invitation to interview twice, she said in the email.

Rowse opposes SOGI 123, a curriculum component that teaches everyone about sexual orientation and gender identity as part of sex education in BC schools. SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) was adopted six years ago.

KTW had planned to ask Rowse about her views, including whether she was anti-gay or anti-vax, as many of her own Facebook posts and shared posts suggest.

A post shared by Rowse on October 3, 2021 said: “God created man and woman. Satan invented all other genders.”

Although her Facebook page has been made private, KTW archived the contents of the page following early reports of the candidate’s views. The page shows many deleted posts and a few others flagged by Facebook for misinformation. A Twitter account with her first and last name was also suspended.

In a Facebook post on October 4, 2021, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rowse suggested creating segregated schools for masked/vaccinated and non-masked/unvaccinated students.

“Listen to me…two schools…one for masked/vaccinated people and one for unmasked/unvaccinated people. The ‘government’ uses our taxes to pay for both schools ,” she wrote.

Responding to another Facebook user who questioned whether her thoughts were similar to concentration camps, Rowse said: “I see what you mean by concentration camps…but for now, one side is not just trying to force them to believe in their own family, But they’re telling us now that we have to believe what they do.”

Rowse also posted content from U.S. right-wing political action group Turning Point USA and prominent U.K. conspiracy theorist David Icke, who critics say is an anti-Semitic and Holocaust denier, who promotes the theory that 5G cellular towers cause COVID-19.

In an email to KTW, Rowse said she and her entire family were vaccinated “except for one” and denied the anti-vaccine label, contrary to other media reports.

Rowse also appears to be influenced by American politics in other ways, including another piece she shared in September 2021, in which she called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a “real jerk” and claimed that the just-concluded national election was ” Another nonsense election, sponsored by the garbage bag of the communist left, George Soros.”

Soros, a well-known Hungarian-American billionaire and Holocaust survivor, is often placed at the center of right-wing conspiracy theories.

Rowse is one of 10 candidates running for Kamloops school trustee. The city will elect five trustees.

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