Apparently there’s a lurking homo-monster in North Carolina’s new anti-bullying law that covers, among other things, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. One school board member in Guilford County (Greensboro, NC) knows the REAL reason the state passed the School Violence Prevention Act — the deviant hidden hand of the Homosexualists.
The Guilford County Board of Education’s Governance Review Committee is looking over the school system’s bullying policy to make sure it complies with the legislature’s July mandate that school systems create policies prohibiting bullying, including bullying based on a list of differentiating characteristics that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
[S]chool board member Paul Daniels, a member of the committee, said he considers the state law an effort to set a precedent in favor of gay rights, specifically marriage rights.
“The elephant in the room is that this policy is about adults, not children,” he said. “This is a policy in search of a purpose, and it’s all about adults. The bottom line is that this is incrementalism by the homosexual lobby. This is all motivated by folks who see man-woman as being discriminatory.”
Ah, yes, there is an agenda — safe schools for children to learn without being bullied. Civil rights for all is part of the agenda, but I cannot figure out why there is this paranoia that extending rights means taking rights away from heterosexuals. This is lunacy. But not all conservatives in Guilford County are bigots who are keen to let children be bullied because of gender identity or expression:
Daniels’ objection to having gender language in the policy wasn’t shared by his fellow conservative on the committee, school board member Garth Hebert.
Hebert argued that neither policy gives special rights, as they prohibit all bullying and merely cite the differentiating characteristics as examples of prohibited bullying. He said the policy as a whole doesn’t favor gay students over straight students.
Why is this simple idea beyond the comprehension of these homophobes?
It should be noted that U.S. Senator Kay Hagan hails from Greensboro and supported this bill when she was a state senator. It would be interesting to know why, when this principle is applied to non-discrimination for employees at the national level (ENDA), she’s suddenly soft and wishy-washy on discrimination.