Jim Jones being dishonest about the Freedom Foundation

Jim Jones being dishonest about the Freedom Foundation

by
Wayne Hoffman
June 15, 2021
Wayne Hoffman
June 15, 2021

If he were criticizing the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, Jim Jones would have had to present facts to back up his allegations before any newspaper would publish his column. But Jones’ target was the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and when the IFF is the target of negativity, facts don’t matter much.

Jones’ article is built off of Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder’s recent comments in which he called the IFF, “one of the greatest threats we have to our democracy in our state,” without a shred of proof or context. That makes Jones’ screed even more tantalizing for the liberal media and thus any pretense of devotion to truth unnecessary. 

Winder’s quote was out of the blue, and not a single “reporter” bothered to ask Winder to be specific about what “threat” we pose. To this day, the casual observer is left to wonder how the IFF’s anti-socialism agenda is more threatening than any number of left-of-center organizations in Idaho that are actually operating in our state and trying to dismantle America’s economic and political institutions.

Nonetheless, because Jones’ commentary is based on lies built on Winder’s lie, a response is in order. For example, contrary to Jones’ words, no one has accused the IFF of playing a “disruptive role” in the 2021 legislative session, not even Winder. Jones also goes on to say, without evidence, that the IFF and organizations like it nationwide are engaged in “cultural warfare.” But the biggest lie of them all is that the IFF made an unsubstantiated claim about indoctrination of Idaho’s school students from pre-kindergarten to college. In fact, the IFF has produced mountains of data on what’s happening at Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College, including two reports that dive deep into the inner workings at BSU and the U of I.

We’ve also documented ways in which the Idaho public K-12 education system is designed to support critical race theory and social justice. We’ve supplied evidence of sharply left-of-center propaganda being disseminated in classrooms and teachers’ lounges throughout the state. Every week, we uncover new ways young people are being coerced into supporting socialism and its related objectives. 

Yes, the IFF, as Jones put it, “has established itself as one of the most powerful drivers of policy in the state of Idaho over the last several legislative sessions.” That’s a function of having amassed a lot of credibility over the last dozen years. We do two things really well: We research the issues confronting our state, and then we communicate our findings. In this case, we’ve focused like a laser on the failures of the government education system, and we made sure that lawmakers and the public were aware of the truth, not just what the education special interests wanted them to hear. I wish there were no indoctrination of Idaho students taking place. But the facts say something else. 

Critical race theory and social justice remains baked into our education systems, despite the actions of the 2021 legislative session. Jones either knows it’s true and is being dishonest about it, or he’s chosen to be oblivious to reality. 

We’re on a mission to save our state from socialism. And right now, the greatest part of that mission is stopping Idahoans from being forced to pay for a socialist education system that is more obsessed with skin color and pronouns than it is with reading, writing, and math. Jones and his ilk can rant about it all they want, but another unavoidable fact: We’re just getting warmed up.

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  • Al says:

    "Jones either knows its true and is being dishonest about it or hes chosen to be oblivious to reality"
    There are other options without resorting to calling him a liar. An open-minded person would think of other options-theyre out there. You can choose to disagree without resorting to calling someone a liar.

    • Fred Birnbaum says:

      Al, this isn't Jim Jones' first hit on IFF. What is interesting is that this life-long Republican party office holder starting mimicking the left as soon as he retired. And no I don't mean a moderate Republican, but rather a thorough man of the left whose many opinion pieces parrot the views of the NY Times and the national liberal media. So his intellectual conversion begs the question, did he change after he retired or did he conceal his views all along.

      • Al says:

        I agree with you regarding your opinion of Jones. So hes an enemy of IFF. That doesnt make him a liar though. Are we at a point in our lives where we no longer debate facts and issues without rwsorting to the quick impulse to attack the other personally? Take the higher ground to provw superior intellectual, factual and moral position rather than name-calling.

        • Al says:

          You know, Fred, i didnt think of something at first in response to your comment, but consider this: you mentioned Jones' news pieces as "opinion". Therein lies the rub: Jones can take the Tucker Carlson defense by saying his piece is opinion, not statement of fact. Hence, not a "liar". If im not mistaken, Hoffman has done the same before.
          And both would be correct in defending on that basis.
          Jones is unabashedly liberal. But a liar? If he deserves that label, then Hoffman should not act upset if that label is applied to him in response to his very conservative opinion pieces.
          Consistency. Fairness. Thats how you win people over to the libertarian values you espouse, not berating someone.

          • Al says:

            Forgot Hoffman called Winder a liar too, for Winder's OPINION of IFF. Theres no question that Winders statement was one of opinion, not fact.

          • Fred Birnbaum says:

            Al, Jim Jones stated that we made unsubstantiated claims about CRT and SJ in schools. That is a lie. Go to our research page and see for yourself what we have dug up. https://idahofreedom.org/research/

            Nobody else is doing this sort of research and writing about it. Just parroting the liberal line that we are just relying on anecdotes.

          • Al says:

            I'll start with the first article your link sends me to, in which Fred says Idaho's education agencies require teachers to ebgage in social justice and CRT activism. I cant find a citation to this factual reference to research it. Ive asked 6 friends who are high school teachers and 1 who is an administrator and they have no idea what this is referencing. Before i read further with the opinion statements you sent me, would you please give me that citation?

          • Al says:

            I started reading Anna Miller's and couldn't find the first endnote she listed. Her endnote 1 says, "Rules Governing Uniformity, 08.02.02(15)(iii) See untitled (idaho.gov).
            She's obviously referencing the Idaho Administrative Procedure Act, or "IDAPA", and referencing the rules for the Board of Education. Perhaps she downloaded it as a pdf, which would give her the "untitled" nomenclature? I don't know where that comes from. But would you ask her for a specific link to the rule she's quoting from? "Teacher leaders" were created and defined around 8 years ago, I believe, and there have been changes made over the years. But I can't find her reference at all. And, if my knowledge is correct, "teacher leaders" are not required nor even all that prevalent.
            In any event, just wondering if she has current law; her nomenclature on it doesn't seem correct and it's not retrievable in the citation format.

    • Wayne Hoffman says:

      Well, except that his commentary is simply dishonest. He says a lot of things that are simply not true. For example, he writes that we made up all the indoctrination claims. THAT is calling us liars. It's inflammatory.

      I didn't make him make up stuff about us or the policies he writes about. He did that on his own. He gets to reap the consequences of that.

      • Al says:

        Being wrong doesnt necessarily equate to dishonesty, which is an intentional act. Maybe he is, maybe not, a liar.
        But I'll pose a question for you. A year ago you wrote in your opinion article in the press tribune "facts" of church members in Moscow arrested for singing hymns.
        That was false. The city allowed them to use a city parking lot. Even took the time and resources to mark out social distancing spots to stand. Singing was not the basis for the 2 or 3 who were detaines by police.
        Even failure to stay in those spots didnt get the 2 or 3 people detained by police. They were detained for resisting, delaying, obstructing officers, for example, refusing to provide their names.
        I'm not calling you a liar even though there is evidence that you were wrong, the evidence is publicly available, and you had access to it. You chose the propoganda hype over facts.
        You said something publicly and inflammatory about the city of moscow and its police dept. And thats your complaint about Jim Jones.
        Again...just looking for consistency in the message youre sending out.
        I'd say its like the pot calling the kettle black, but that probably has some roots in social justice so better not go down that rabbit trail! LOL!

      • Al says:

        What factual statements did Winder make that was intentionally misrepresenting the truth?

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