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A homosexual congressman from Colorado has proposed a law critics say 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.
“It doesn’t get much more fascist than this! It’s a sexual revolutionary’s dream,” wrote Linda Harvey of Mission America.
Under the legislation by Democrat Rep. Jared Polis, Jennings “can create pro-homosexual programs and policies to their hearts’ delight,” Harvey wrote.
Jennings founded the “Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network” and
now heads the office of “Safe and Drug Free Schools” at the Department
Polis’ proposal would provide special protections for students who claim they are discriminated against because of their “perceived sexual orientation.” The bill would call down the wrath of the federal government on offenders by classifying “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” alongside race, color, sex, disability or national origin as factors on which protections are based.
In a statement announcing his proposal, H.R. 4530, Polis said, “Every student has the right to an education free from harassment and violence. This bill will protect the individual freedoms of our students and enshrine the values of equality and opportunity in our classrooms.”
But it actually won’t, according to an analysis by Harvey. Instead, she said it will allow Jennings a virtual open door to set up whatever pro-homosexual programs he would choose.
“While I have no hard evidence, it’s got Kevin Jennings’ fingerprints all over it,” Harvey said. “His safe and drug free schools plan can take full advantage by creating new rules schools would have to follow.”
Polis declined to return telephone and e-mail requests for comment.
“If a school receives federal funds from one of these agencies or any other, it is subject to the new rules that agency devises to conform to this bill,” Harvey explained. “And states can be held liable for violations, so state governments will have incentives to put pressure for compliance on local schools.”
“The goal should be protecting all students for all reasons, not just those involved in certain special-status behaviors,” Harvey wrote.
When Polis announced his plan, which has been endorsed by several dozen other members of Congress, he said the “Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA)” would protect students with alternative sexual lifestyles.
“Every day innocent students fall victim to relentless harassment and discrimination from teachers, staff, and fellow students based on their sexual orientation,” said Polis. “These actions not only hurt our students and our schools but, left unchecked, can also lead to life-threatening violence.”
Harvey, however, said there’s simply an absence of data to back up such sweeping statements.
“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,” Harvey said.
“The goal is to silence those who may warn about or object to student expression of homosexuality or gender confusion. Such warnings might literally save a child’s life.”
She said ultimately, if the law is adopted and the resulting rules are as expected, the only “safe” schools in the nation would be where “there is no dissent” about the promotion of homosexuality.
“The phony concept of ‘gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered’ identity is the shaky foundation of this bill. Are certain kids different types of humans? No. There is no science to back up the existence of a ‘gay gene’ or anything like it, and it is very harmful to label and stereotype young people with questionable lifestyles and high-risk behaviors,” Harvey warned.
She continued, “There is no constitutional right to homosexual behavior or cross-dressing as stated in this bill. Some see a ‘right to privacy’ in the Constitution, which is not one of its amendments. But even that wouldn’t cover what’s being proposed. This bill is an attempt at installing a very public declaration and public affirmation of verifiably high risk practices and, if engaged in at all, private matters.”
She also explained the claims of “equal protection” under the 14th Amendment simply don’t apply.
Polis’ bill claims students who are lesbian, “gay,” bisexual or transgender “have been and are subjected to pervasive discrimination, including harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence, and have been deprived of equal educational opportunities, in schools in every part of our nation.”
Not so, explained Harvey.
“All students have equal protection now, just not for highly questionable behavior. Would students who are obese have the right to proclaim this a ‘right’ under ‘equal protection’ so that any school nutrition programs would then become ‘discrimination’? These are behaviors, not simply viewpoints,” she said.
Polis proposes that every federal department or agency that distributes money to any educational program must implement the provisions. He calls for courts to award “equitable relief, compensatory damages, costs of the action, and remedial action” to those who claim they are victims of discrimination.
He also provides that states, also, could be sued, creating an incentive for state bureaucracies to implement and enforce federal provisions.
A similar plan has been pending in Congress for federal agencies’ employment already. Columnist Robert Knight wrote about what he described as the “gay quota bill.”
“It turns private sin into a public right and brings the force of government against morality itself. Any such law is a violation of our unalienable rights as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. To put it more simply, a statute that directly contradicts God’s moral law is illegitimate,” he wrote.
The federal “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” remains pending. Knight said it “falsely equates a changeable condition (sexual desire) with race and ethnicity.”
“President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees’ domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy.”
“Teaching children sexual techniques is simply not appropriate. Unfortunately, it is part of a consistent pattern by some homosexual activists to promote underage homosexuality while pretending that their mission is simply to promote tolerance for so-called alternative lifestyles,” the newspaper said.
“It is outrageous that someone involved in this scandal is being paid by the taxpayers to serve in a high-powered position at the Education Department, of all places. At some point, [Education Secretary Arne] Duncan, Mr. Jennings, Obama administration spokesmen and the president himself are going to have to start answering questions about all this. Refusing to do so won’t make the issue go away.”