14 Years of GSAs
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Fourteen years ago Senator Richard Marable introduced S.B. 426 so parents could be notified of clubs and activities available for students to join at school. Opponents of the bill included Georgia Equality, Georgia Rural Urban Summit, Enlight Atlanta, the ACLU and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
The bill did three things: (a) local boards of education were to develop policies to notify parents or guardians of clubs and activities available to students. (b) It would have provided an opportunity for parents to WITHHOLD permission to join, (c) but it did not REQUIRE parental permission for students to join. The focus of the bill was to keep parents in-the-loop about school activities available to their children.
Opponents brought in a Lakeside High School junior to speak against the bill when it was heard in the Senate Education committee. The student was president of Lakeside’s Gay Straight Alliance club. Despite opposition, S.B. 426 passed out of committee, but it died without further action.
When the bill was introduced, eleven Georgia counties had GSA clubs in high schools – six were school-certified and five were not certified. Now, Georgia has almost four dozen GSA clubs, and it’s important that parents know their focus. Continue reading
Choose: DOS, DOD, Both or Neither
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 8, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
I’m always puzzled when a “Day of Silence” (DOS) is observed in public schools … and SOME private schools, as well. The DOS that began as a tiny protest 20 years ago has become a nation-wide promotion of homosexuality, commonly represented by the letters LGBT, meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual. Recently, activists added QQIA to expand the definition to include queer (their word), questioning, intersex, and allies of alternate lifestyles.
The DOS is an annual effort to mainstream alternate lifestyles to students and educators during an, otherwise, regular school day. This year it’s scheduled for Friday April 15th, as a time for participating students and teachers to openly demonstrate support for homosexuality and all its variations. The school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) usually sponsors the project. Does your child’s school have a GSA club? Will the DOS be observed in your child’s school?
If so, please remind the principal that a DOS violates a specific Georgia law that authorizes only one minute of silence PER DAY for student meditation. But the LGBTQQIA promotion silences participating students and teachers for an entire day.
The goal of LGBT activists was summed-up on a tee-shirt distributed by GSA clubs at a “Coming-Out Day” party in 2011. On the tee-shirt were these commands: Change attitudes; change behaviors; change directions; change lives; change policies; be an ally; be the change. The current cultural confusion indicates their overwhelming success in reaching those goals. Continue reading
Decades of Decadence
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 10, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
You might think culture began decaying in 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled 8 – 1 that school-sponsored Bible reading is unconstitutional, but school-sponsored prayer in public schools had already been tossed out in 1962. Both decisions cleared the way for atheism to take root and challenge the Christian fiber of students and their families. Those were monumentally tragic decisions, but things became increasingly worse as atheism replaced Christian influence in public schools.
To track the change in public schools, consider this: The National Education Association (NEA) has become the largest professional organization and largest labor union in the United States. In both those capacities, NEA is a powerful, maybe the most powerful, force in public schools and it does not peddle conservatism. From Jimmy Carter to Barak Obama, NEA has endorsed only Democrat presidential candidates, never a Republican.
During the 20 years before 2010, the NEA spent $36 million lobbying for its liberal agenda in Washington, D.C. and beyond the United States, through its global affiliation with Education International, the world-wide federation of teachers’ trade unions in 172 countries. The NEA not only supports Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, but also promotes the agendas of the National Council of La Raza, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Amnesty International. Continue reading
April 17th LGBTQAI Day of Silence
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, April 3, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Since Thursday, April 2nd, was the last day of the legislative session, it’ll take a while to sort out just what happened during those 40 days. So, today I want to remind you of something that occurs every April in schools across the country. It’s not school-sponsored or part of the curriculum. It’s a strategy to promote, propagate and affirm alternate lifestyles to students and school staff.
The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (a.k.a. GLSEN), an affiliate of the National Education Association, prides itself on “championing LGBT issues in schools K – 12,” and always has pro-homosexual items for sale on a large table-display at NEA conferences. One of GLSEN’s major projects is gay straight alliance (GSA) clubs for students to join at school without parental consent. In 2002, Grady High and Lakeside High were the first schools in Georgia to have GSA clubs. By 2007, GSA clubs were in 37 Georgia high schools. Now, eight years later, there are considerably more, with their sights set on middle schools, as well.
After learning of the clubs in 2002, legislators were asked to pass a law requiring parental consent for students to join ANY school club or activity. Though he thought a parental consent bill might not pass, a senator introduced S.B. 426 to require schools to INFORM parents of ALL school clubs and activities. His bill died in committee that year, but a similar bill that passed later and became law requires school handbooks to list school clubs and extracurricular activities available for students to join. Continue reading