|He’s just acting on his sincere belief in trouncing smaller kids!|
And the Republican race to the very bottom continues unabated. Not content with continually cramming through legislation to strip LGBT, poor and otherwise non-affluent-majority folks of their civil rights, the GOP-run Michigan Senate has now passed a purported anti-bullying bill that would actually end up granting immunity to aggressors who hold a moral conviction that kids who are different deserve to be persecuted for it:
The GOP pushed through an amended bill, SB 137, which does nothing advocates have pushed for — including reporting requirements and enumeration, or listing, of protected classes. In addition, the legislation provides an exception which allows bullying based on “moral convictions.”
The full language of the insert is: “This section does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil and parent or guardian.”
In a floor speech Minority Leader in the Senate Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) slammed the Republicans over the amended language.
“Here today you claim to be protecting kids and you’re actually putting them in more danger,” Whitmer said. “But bullying is not OK. We should be protecting public policy that protects kids — all kids, from bullies — all bullies. But instead you have set us back further by creating a blueprint for bullying.”
Doing nothing at all to help actual victims and instead coming up with new ways to shield the actual wrongdoers from accountability, and wrapping it all in the slimy cloak of religious freedom … yep, sounds like standard Republican m.o. to me, wouldn’t you say?
I feel there isn’t much more I could say about this without devolving into sheer bile (not that these craven, ideological sons-of-bitches don’t deserve every morsel of it), so I’ll turn over to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer for her aforementioned speech, which pretty much expresses all I’d have to say, anyway:
(via Rob F)
Edit (11/04/11 7:41 PM) – Fixed a typo in the transcript.