Although it’s hard to keep up with them all, the latest outrage in Congress is a bill introduced on January 27th by openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado [the founder of Proflowers.com]. The bill, H.R. 4530, is the so-called, “Student Nondiscrimination Act of 2010.” Here we go again. The assault on our school kids continues with this bill which is laced with falsehoods and stipulations that are arguably unconstitutional.
The stated purpose of the bill is, “To end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, and for other purposes.” The bill cites “pervasive discrimination” of homosexual or sexually confused students to the point that those students, “have been deprived of equal educational opportunities, in schools in every part of our Nation,” and further states that, “…actions that target students based on sexual orientation or gender identity represent a distinct and especially severe problem.”
Neither of these statements is true. Once again the left is creating a crisis that does not exist. There are already in place strict rules against harassment, bullying and violence in our schools. As with the “hate crimes” law, this bill creates a specially protected class of student. It also claims, “…students and parents have often had limited legal recourse to redress for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” another patently false statement.
The proposed legislation also ties federal money to enforcement of the bill by requiring any program that receives federal money to implement the tenets of H.R. 4530. The bill treads deeper into unconstitutional territory by trampling on states’ rights in declaring, “A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States from suit in Federal court for a violation of this Act.”
In addition, Bob Unruh, writing for WorldNetDaily states that critics of this law say it would, “…give controversial federal school safety czar Kevin Jennings – a longtime homosexual-rights advocate – almost unlimited authority to mandate indoctrination in public schools at taxpayer expense.”
The march continues to force the legitimization of homosexual behavior on our country, the majority of whose citizens reject the acceptance of such behavior. We still have “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” bills pending in the House and Senate, plus the “hate crimes” legislation that was recently signed into law, all giving special protected status to homosexual and other sexually confused people. The purpose of this latest assault by legislation is not to protect school kids from the phantom epidemic of harassment and violence targeting kids who think they’re homosexuals, it is to open another avenue to force the mainstreaming of homosexuality in our schools.
Knowing that many will be alarmed by this legislation, near the end of the bill is the token free speech clause, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to alter legal standards regarding, or affect the rights available to individuals or groups under, other Federal laws that establish protections for freedom of speech and expression, such as legal standards and rights available to religious and other student groups under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and the Equal Access Act.”
This would seem to indicate that it is protecting the rights of freedom of speech, expression and religion of non-homosexuals, but we’re already seeing cases where courts are ruling against Christians who have been sued by homosexuals for simply practicing their beliefs. Recall the Christian couple with a photography business in New Mexico who, because of their belief that homosexuality is wrong, turned down the job of photographing a pair of homosexual women having a “wedding” ceremony–the women sued and won a six-thousand-dollar judgment against the Christians.
Make no mistake, this latest bad bill does not bode well for our schools and our country.
Gina Miller, originally from Texas, is a former radio disc jockey and graduate of William Carey College in Gulfport, MS, with a bachelor of fine arts, and an emphasis on English, writing and literature. Gina, along with her husband Keith Breland now work for themselves installing residential irrigation systems and landscaping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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