According to this WCCO article, the Minnesota House has passed legislation which legislators hope will further limit bullying in schools. While this remains to be tested, there is a group of vocal opponents who believe this will discriminate against those students who believe homosexuality is amoral.
From the article:
The bill expands the definition of bullying to include harassment, intimidation and cyberbullying. But opponents like Republican Rep. Ron Kresha say local schools should come up with their own policies without state interference.
One of the biggest concerns from conservative critics is that a statewide bullying policy could impose views on homosexuality and other issues on to parents and students who don’t agree with those views.
Private schools accepting any state funds would be required to obey the new bullying law. At the Minnesota Catholic Conference in March, members called it an “Orwellian nightmare” that might require “re-education camps.”
They added that the bill discriminates against students who believe that same-sex relationships are morally wrong.
First off, re-education camps? ‘Orwellian nightmare’? You can’t make that stuff up. Gold prices just plummeted worldwide due to those two statements. Hilarious.
Now, as for the bill discriminating against those who believe same-sex marriage is morally wrong or that it would impose views of acceptance of homosexuality onto school children simply isn’t true. What it does do, however, is use the power provided to schools by the courts to impose limits on their free speech to keep them from expressing those views to others around them.
What do you think about this one? Do you think this is the government stepping too far to protect students? Do you see this as ‘Orwellian’ or requiring ‘re-education camps’? Do you think this limits the freedoms of students to express their displeasure about same-sex marriage or homosexuality? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.