Thursday, February 18, 2010

Student Nondiscrimination Act 2010

This bill was brought to my attention this morning, HR 4350 "Student Nondiscrimination Act 2010". It is more feel good legislation that seems to be harmless on the surface, however the bill is seeking to protect specifically lesbian, gay and bisexual or transgender. The bill was introduced late January by Rep Jared Polis. According to Metro Weekly

Citing “relentless harassment and discrimination” and “life-threatening violence” faced by students “based on their sexual orientation,” U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) today introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit such discrimination, as well as that based on gender identity, in public schools in the United States.

The bill would require that no student in public schools be “excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” based on the student’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also would prohibit harassment based on either characteristic.

Now, I'm asking myself, it this a real problem.... "relentless harassment and discrimination" and "life-threatening violence". Or is there some other motivate behind the legislation. Well, of course it is the latter:

The purpose of this bill is not what is being stated, but is quite simply to mandate in public schools one acceptable viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality, using purported violence or harassment as the rationale, and the power of the feds as the hammer. The goal is to silence those who may warn about or object to student expression of homosexuality or gender confusion… The federal governmental intrusion and sweeping new unregulated powers in what are local and state matters are proposed in this bill. Enforcement will primarily be through federal agencies, which will craft new regulations to back up this bill’s provisions with the President’s approval. Can you spell “czar”?

Yep, this bill will give power to such bureaucratic as the Safe School Czar, currently Kevin Jennings or Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. They will have the power to create programs to promote the "lifestyle" and tolerance and then mandate through this legislation that it be taught public schools. Those schools that refuse will lose their federal funding. That seems like bullying to me.

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