Two leading gay rights advocacy groups just launched a new national “Claim Your Rights campaign” encouraging LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) “students and their allies” to file federal complaints on bullying, harassment, and discrimination with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
The campaign provides step-by-step information on multiple web pages for Report Bullying, Harassment, or Discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students
The advice on their Claim Your Rights Fact Sheet: If you have experienced school-based bullying, harassment, or discrimination, file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education today.
Given students across the nation experience bullying in one form or another during the course of their school experience, one might anticipate the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will be overwhelmed with federal complaints to the point where Congress will need to allocate more funding for thousands of investigators and attorneys just to investigate these complaints. (Ah, the “Bullying Stimulus” plan???)
Campaign Includes Bigger Goals of Furthering Gay Rights Social and Political Agendas
The broader goals of the “Claim Your Rights” campaign, according to the PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) web site, are :
- “We can take action to ensure that reports are being collected to make the case for laws and policies that will address this issue.”
- “The information that can be collected from the reports is a critical first step in getting the tools to create change. We need your help in this important educational and advocacy effort.”
This declaration reinforces that the intentions of special interest advocacy groups such as the two sponsoring this campaign, PFLAG and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), go beyond “bullying” and “school safety” to further their social and political agendas of creating laws, policies, and advocacy for their special interests.
Gay Rights Campaign Coincides with U.S. Department of Education, Duncan Bullying Summit and Civil Rights Announcement — Coincidence or Coordinated Agenda?
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, announced a dramatic shift in federal school safety policy back in August as I detailed in my article, Radical Policy Shift Targets Bullying as Federal Civil Rights Issue.
One of many concerns I have about the Obama Administration’s shift in federal school safety policy and proposed funding was discussed in my article on Education Department Redefines School Safety, Downplays Violence.
I also laid out a number of questions and concerns on the related political hijacking of school safety in articles entitled, “School Safety Politically Hijacked: Civil Rights Masked As Anti-Bullying Laws? Part 1 and Part 2
The announcements on school safety policy shifts by Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education, and the Department’s attempt to shore up $410 million in school safety funding in the FY2011 for “school climate surveys” as lead by the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings, seems more than a coincidence. Add to that this latest announcement by two gay rights advocates groups, one of which (GLSEN) was founded by Mr. Jennings, and the chances of coincidence get slimmer and slimmer.
Throw in a proposed federal anti-bullying bill and nondiscrimination bill as I outlined in my article, “School Safety Politically Hijacked? Gay Rights vs Christians,” and the chance of coincidence starts getting pretty close to “zero.”
The Federal Bullying Police: Coming to a School Near You
The overreach of the federal government, more specifically the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, into conducting investigations of local school district bullying, discipline, and climate matters is alarming. I lay out some reasons for this in my article Federal Bullying Police: Coming to a School Near You
It’s all but official: School safety is being politically hijacked, and federal policy and funding are right in the mix.
The loser in the end, in my opinion? Comprehensive approaches to school safety.
See my series of articles on civil rights and school safety, which includes those above.
Meanwhile, what’s your take?
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