MUST LISTEN! The hosts of WCAR Detroit Radio’s “Bonds and Fisher Show” are flabbergasted to hear the truth about Michigan’s new anti-bullying law from American Family Association of Michigan President Gary Glenn, who relentlessly explains an issue on which the state’s news media has for years repeatedly failed to simply report the facts.
Late last month, with overwhelming bipartisan support, the… Senate (35-2) and House (88-18) approved precisely the type of anti-bullying bill to which AFA-Michigan has repeatedly stated it has no objection: an all-inclusive bill that equally protects all students from all bullying for all reasons, without segregating students into special “protected class” categories based on homosexual behavior. In past legislative sessions, homosexual activists and their Democratic allies who controlled the House blocked the approval of such legislation, refusing to support any bill that didn’t include such segregated categories.
Fast forward to 2:11:00 into the broadcast to listen to a truly remarkable interview.
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CITY PULSE– “Tuesday, the (Michigan) Senate passed nearly unanimously a different version of an anti-bullying bill…sending it to Gov. Rick Snyderâ€™s desk for final approval. …For leaders of Michiganâ€™s gay community, though, the bill falls short of what they sought: Specific protection for Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender individuals and those who are perceived as gay. They say the measure remains but one example of how this Legislature refuses to include protections in state law for LGBT individuals.”
DETROIT NEWS — “Some conservatives object specifically to the enumeration of gay, lesbian and transgender students. Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan…has called inclusion of such students in the bill a ‘Trojan horse.’
‘We are concerned that if you establish special protected class status expressly on the basis of homosexual behavior, that will be used to promote such behavior,’ said Glenn, who was co-sponsor of the ‘marriage protection’ amendment approved by state voters in 2004.
Glenn noted Iowa enumerated protected groups â€” including gay, lesbian and transgender students â€” in its anti-bullying law, and the Iowa Supreme Court used that as evidence of protected class status when it upheld gay marriage in that state.”
AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn was interviewed Thursday by WILS Radio in Lansing regarding Michigan’s pending anti-bullying legislation.
By its firm stance on this legislation over the last five years, AFA-Michigan has succeeded in ensuring that such legislation will equally protect all students from all bullying for all reasons, not segregate students into special “protected class” categories and establish special protection under law expressly on the basis of engaging in homosexual behavior.
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WLNS-TV CHANNEL 6 — “A Senate-passed anti-bullying bill) makes exceptions for ‘statements of religious belief’ or ‘moral conviction.’ ‘It really in a nutshell gives somebody the right to reach out and hurt somebody and then claim, it was against my religious beliefs so…,’ said (anti-bullying activist Kevin) Epling. ‘Right now if a child doesn’t have strong religious beliefs, he’s gonna be picked on by kids who do have strong religious beliefs, and it’s gonna be perfectly okay for them to do that,’ said Epling.
Gary Glenn, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan, says that’s simply not true. ‘It would be an absurd characterization to say that in any way encouraged or allowed bullying,’ said Glenn. ‘It was inserted to make sure that no student is bullied because they simply express their opinions. There is no language in it that even approaches such a ridiculous charge. It equally protects all students from all bullying for all reasons,’ said Glenn.”
Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, responded Wednesday to the state Senate’s passage Wednesday afternoon of SB 137, an anti-bullying bill sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones:
“We’re pleased that the Senate has passed an anti-bullying bill that will equally protect all children from all bullying for all reasons, based on their individual worth as human beings, not on being segregated into singled-out groups for special protection,” Glenn said.
“This all-inclusive protection could have passed years ago had Democrats not insisted — as they still do today — on trying to use anti-bullying legislation as a Trojan Horse for specially protected group rights based on homosexual activity and other personal behavior or characteristics, an approach opposed not only by AFA-Michigan but by Bully Police USA.”
Bully Police USA’s website clearly states its opposition to including such segregation language in anti-bullying legislation, precisely because such divisive language will delay or block passage of the bill, a concern that has clearly been the case in Michigan. Bully Police USA states:
“There should not be any major emphasis on defining victims. This addition into an anti-bullying law will cause several problems for lawmakers: …Defining victims will slow the process of lawmaking, dividing political parties who will argue over which victims get special rights over other victims. All children deserve the ‘special right’ not to be bullied. All children who are bullied need to be protected.”
Consistent with AFA-Michgan’s and Bully Police USA’s position, 80 percent of the states that have enacted anti-bullying laws simply protect all students from all bullying for all reasons — as SB 137 does — without segregating them first into specially-enumerated categories based on personal characteristics or behavior.
BETWEEN THE LINES — “Ultimately, the ACLU of Michigan Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Project plans to eliminate the constitutional amendment that currently bans same-sex marriage or similar unions in Michigan.
In the interim, they strive to work to amend Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protection against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based… on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; push for the enactment of anti-bullying legislation that protects LGBT youth; advocate for the full legal rights of same-sex couples to parent; protect state laws that provide confidentiality of HIV status; and support policies to respect the relationships of LGBT seniors.”
Brandon’s characterization of the legislation is ridiculously wrong. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite of what he reports.
The bill’s language reaffirming First Amendment-guaranteed free speech rights was inserted specifically to ensure that students are not bullied, or accused of bullying, merely because they exercise their freedom to verbally make statements of religious or moral conviction.
It was likely in response to the Howell High student who last year was ejected from class — by a teacher wearing an anti-bullying t-shirt — because the student dared say that he does not accept homosexual behavior because it violates his religious convictions. The teacher was later reprimanded and suspended for a day for violating the student’s Constitutional rights.
Even Jay Kaplan of ACLU-Michigan agreed that the student’s comments were Constitutionally guaranteed, telling the Associated Press: “We believe, based on those statements — as offensive and upsetting as they were — they were protected speech.”
In other words, a student’s free speech rights cannot be legally censored or muzzled just because someone else who hears his opinion chooses to be offended or upset.
Further, the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 2001 unanimously overturned a high school speech code that attempted to ban expressions of opinion just because others find the opinion offensive. Now Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote:
“No court or legislature has ever suggested that unwelcome speech directed at another’s ‘values’ may be prohibited under the rubric of anti-discrimination. By prohibiting disparaging speech directed at a person’s ‘values,’ the policy strikes at the heart of moral and political discourse — the lifeblood of constitutional self-government (and democratic education) and the core concern of the First Amendment. That speech about ‘values’ may offend is not cause for its prohibition.”
Please note that the bill’s language says that verbal “statements” of religious or moral conviction do not constitute bullying. Free speech protections do just that, protect free speech, not physical acts of bullying.
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RECORD-EAGLE — “A campaign group that supports Traverse City’s non-discrimination ordinance raised about four times as much money as its opponents. (Homosexual activist group) Traverse City Equality generated more than $25,853 in campaign contributions in its effort to urge a ‘yes’ vote on the Nov. 8 city ballot Proposal 1. A ‘yes’ vote would keep intact a city ordinance that prohibits housing a…nd employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. …Its largest contributor, and the largest donor on either side of the issue, is Washington, D.C.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund. The fund gave $10,000 to Traverse City Equality.
The group No Special Rights Discrimination, which opposes the measure, raised $6,459 thus far, according to documents filed with the Grand Traverse County clerk.”
MIRS — “Anti-bullying legislation stalled in previous sessions as groups like the American Family Association of Michigan claimed it was a ‘Trojan horse’ for gay rights. …While SB 0137 was derided by Democrats and (homosexual activist group) Equality Michigan, AFAM applauded the bill.
‘This all-inclusive protection could have passed years ago had Democrats not insisted — as they still do today — on trying to use anti-bullying legislation as a Trojan Horse for specially protected group rights based on homosexual activity and other personal behavior or characteristics, an approach opposed not only by AFA-Michigan but by Bully Police USA,’ said AFAM President Gary Glenn.”