I attended the meeting of the Prince William County School Board at the Kelly Leadership Center yesterday. I recommend that anyone with an interest in the schools in Prince William County view the video when it comes out (On-Demand, School Board meeting videos at the bottom of the page). Why? Well, like the rest of us, our School Board members have clay feet, viewing videos of the School Board meetings is one good way to realize that. These are not necessarily bad people, but there is nothing that uniquely qualifies them to control the education of our children. Parents would do better to find good schools for their children in a private, competitive marketplace. That is, some form of school choice would work better.
School choice, however, is not the subject here. Here the subject is people self-righteously abusing the rights and responsibilities of parents in order to propagate their own beliefs. What was on the agenda?
What was on the agenda? The Democrats on the board wanted to amend the policy shown below.
Here are links to the policy document before and after showing what changed. The crucial changes are shown below. The Democrats succeeded in adding “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the list.
Supposedly, Chair Ryan Sawyers had eliminated the transgender/restroom controversy with a motion providing some guidance (not a policy change) to the superintendent. School Board member William Deutsch did his best to add further clarity to the policy change. With a majority of Democrats on the board, the second bit of guidance was best he could do. See below.
Now I suppose these revisions to Policy 060 seem innocuous enough, but it is naive to think so. Consider all the controversy that arises out of anti-discrimination policies based upon race, sex, and creed. Even though the Constitution only prohibits discrimination by the government, politicians have managed to stick their noses into private work places so that lawyers can sue and sue and sue. Moreover, not content with preventing discrimination, activists insist upon discriminating and calling that discrimination “affirmative action”, as if a word change is enough to make discrimination against some groups okay.
So what should we fear? As the Republicans on the board made quite clear, this policy change is unneeded. There was nothing broken. Nobody provided any evidence of active discrimination against employees or students based upon their gender identity or sexual orientation. Instead of fixing a problem, the changes are more likely to confuse matters. If we don’t unisex restroom facilities in the schools, for example, someone like the ACLU will most likely sue the school for not implementing its own policies.
Republicans pointed out is that just changing the policy is not enough (assuming a change is needed). Usually, before the School Board implements policy changes, other policies are reviewed to see how they will be affected. Then the school system drafts and approves new regulations to implement the policy and amends old regulations as needed. That spells out what has changed and gives the community time to understand the changes and debate the substance of the changes, not just speculation.
As it is, what do the changes accomplish? What does the LGBTQ crowd want? Think about why they call that flag the gay pride flag. These people deny is the sinfulness of their sexual perversions; they want calling what they do sinful labelled as illegal discrimination.
Consider that Christians consider fornication in all forms wrong, not just the weird collection behaviors of exhibited by the LGBTQ community. Christians advocate strong marriages. The Bible promotes strong marriages and uses marriage as a model for the relationship between Christ and His church. Therefore, Christians condemns fornication in all its forms. Christians condemn fornication because fornication — treating sexual relationships as a trifling form of recreation — weakens marriages.
Marriage represents the beginning of a family. Sex between a man and a woman represents the consummation of their marriage bond. Marriage is an understanding that sex make two people one in spirit. Good marriages lead to new life and healthy children with strong characters.
What is government’s interest in marriage? The family is the fundamental unit of a healthy society. Within families we form our strongest relationships. Through our families we form root within our communities and sound relationships with others in our communities. Without strong families to teach us how to love and respect the rights of others, we tend to become self-centered.
If you listen to the school board meeting, please consider the nature of the arguments. On one side you will hear a bunch of people telling us about themselves and their feelings. Their feelings are paramount. On the other side, you will hear a bunch of people rejecting the notion that they hate someone just because they don’t agree with them. One side insists upon acceptance of their behavior as righteous or else. The other side is asking the other what gives anyone the right to make such a demand.
When you consider the pictures, please note that the LBGTQ community crowded to the front and displayed their signs and symbols (many standing at the front throughout the meeting). Their opponents behaved with more dignity, but the School Board Chair was far more anxious to throw opponents out the meeting.
- Prince William school board approves new protections for LGBTQ students, staff (insidenova.com)
- Prince William School Board adds protections for LGBT students, staff (fauquier.com)
- Prince William school board approves LGBT protections for students, staff (washingtonpost.com)