Reject HR.998 and S.555 (Student Non-Discrimination Act)
The deceptively named "Student Non-Discrimination Act," (HR.998 and S.555) would be better named the "Homosexual Classrooms Act." The list of cosponsors in both the House and the Senate is a "Who's Who" of radical leftist social engineers.
Unlike most in Congress who will vote on this legislation, I have actually read it and I know what's in it. I can anticipate how it will be used to further destroy the moral fabric of our nation.
This legislation contains a laundry list of anti-family, anti-religion, anti-free-speech provisions that will:
- Require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts so "homosexual students" don’t feel "singled out" during already explicit sex-ed classes;
- Expose students to a whirlwind of sexual confusion and peer pressure to "experiment" with the homosexual "lifestyle;"
- Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to "freedom of self-expression;"
- Force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum and purge any reference to religion if a student claims it creates a "hostile learning environment" for homosexual students;
- Void the First Amendment rights of anyone who is not, or who is not perceived to be, or ho does not perceive himself to be, homosexual. ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech….");
- Void the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution! ("The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.");
- Provide a special class of protected behavior for a small minority of people; and
- Criminalize anyone in the majority who believes or expresses the belief that homosexual behavior is sinful, harmful, deviant, abnormal, or strange. Just how many federal crimes do we need? (The Constitution only allows for two federal crimes: Treason (Article III, section 3) and counterfeiting (Article I, Section 8).)
This legislation says, "No student shall, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of such individual or of a person with whom the student associates or has associated, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." For example, a school could be forced to allow a gender-confused male to participate in girls' sports or to use the girl's restrooms.
This legislation says, "For purposes of this Act, discrimination includes harassment of a student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of such student or of a person with whom the student associates or has associated." For example, Student "A" percieves himself to be homosexual and may or may not have disclosed his perception to anyone else. Student "B" be could be charged and convicted with federal criminal harrassment if he, not knowing "A"'s self-perception, expresses his reglious belief that homosexuality is sinful.
This legislation highlights several deep-rooted, egregious problems in Congress. Among these are:
- Congress and the courts have so severely distorted the Constitution's commerce clause that they feel they can impose their will onto local schools.
- Public education is best controlled and funded at the local level. However, significant funding comes fom the central government — with strings. This imposition of the radical homosexual agenda is only one example of those strings. Congress must stop funding and regulating state and local entities and activities and cut federal taxes accordingly.
- Congressmen, as a whole, have no moral compass or courage or integrity. They have sold their souls to a broad spectrum of special interests.
Like our founders, I believe that our rights come from God. I believe that those rights come because we all are children of God, created in His image. I abhor unfair treatment of any child of God — including those who are homosexual, bisexual, or transgender. But, I also reject any notion that they need special protection or rights. I expect them to live by the same laws, protections, and standards expected of everyone else. I reject the idea that legislation is justified to free them to impose their behavior and values upon the rest of us.
This legislation not only violates key constitutional protections, creates new federal crimes, and protects abnormal behavior, it is completely unnecessary. I urge every congressman to aggressively oppose and reject HR.998 and S.555.
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