July 21, 2017 Radio Commentary

NEA and the Culture Skid

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 21, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Just 16 days ago, 7,000 NEA members gathered in Boston for their four-day annual conference over July 4th.  That’s when the NEA president declared, “We can win.  We have the power and they know it.”  The resolutions they passed explain what they plan to win and how they’ll do it.

Although law-abiding Georgians oppose sanctuary policies, and the General Assembly passed H.B. 37 outlawing sanctuary in colleges and universities, the NEA passed NBI 94 to support sanctuary in cities and schools, and promised to help create more.

Resolution NBI 18 outlines NEA’s position on illegal aliens this way: (a) The NEA opposes deportation; (b) and asks school staff NOT to cooperate with Immigration and ICE agents or other officials seeking immigration status.  (c) NEA encourages school districts to adopt refusal-to-cooperate-with-ICE-agent policies.  Also, NEA will (d) issue a press statement that school staff should not be encouraged or pressured to cooperate with ICE.

NBI 86 authorizes censorship of exhibits NEA deems “offensive.”  First, is the NEA Ex-Gay Educators exhibit indicating that homosexuality is a choice.  The other two offenders – Creation Truth Outreach and Creation Science Educators – contradict evolution.  NBI 154 directs creationism exhibits to be judged by two standing rules to determine whether they are offensive. Continue reading

July 14, 2017 Radio Commentary

Education EO and Local Control

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 14, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

When President Trump issued his April 26th Executive Order “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education,” it became the policy of the executive branch through the Secretary of Education to examine whether regulations and guidance documents uphold local control for curriculum, instruction programs, textbooks, library books, and other instructional material.

That order empowered the Secretary of Education to rescind or revise regulations and guidance documents that are inconsistent with federal law and propose replacement regulations within 300 days after the executive order was issued in April 2017.

On the basis of that order, the U.S. Secretary of Education should investigate the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “Welcoming Schools Program,” that’s dedicated to utilizing LGBTQ-inclusive programs in Pre-K – 12 schools throughout the country.  To accomplish that, the HRC provides instruction through HRC-trained and HRC-certified facilitators, one of whom trained some of Georgia’s school nurses earlier this year. Continue reading

July 7, 2017 Radio Commentary

UBI: Guaranteed Income for NOT Working!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, July 7, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Will Georgia go from a guaranteed minimum wage for workers to a universal basic income (UBI) for everyone who has a job or doesn’t work at all?  UBI is an emerging issue in other countries and has reared its head in the U.S.A., as well.  Hawaii, recently, passed a bill to study the possibility of implementing UBI there.

In the General Assembly this year, three minimum wage bills were introduced, along with two other bills concerning equal pay for males and females.  While H.B. 339 attempts to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 – a $2.10 hourly raise – H.B. 315 and S.B. 28 almost triple the current minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  Plus, S.B. 28 would have added an annual cost-of-living increase, beginning January 1, 2019.  All those bills were left in committee for consideration next session.

It’s nothing new for minimum wage bills to be introduced or adopted in the U.S., but Finland adopted the UBI concept on January 1st, thereby guaranteeing 2,000 citizens $630 per month whether they work or not.  Similar projects, also, exist in Canada, Holland and Italy. Continue reading

June 30, 2017 Radio Commentary

Here and Now in the U.S.

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 30, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

For several years, religious freedom has been the subject of legislation in Georgia, but last year the governor vetoed the only bill that passed, while subsequent bills died in committee. So, religious liberty bills don’t become law in Georgia.

However, the new president of the United States issued an executive order that may have a positive influence on the situation.  During the May 4th observance of the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed that executive order in the Rose Garden.  Visitors at the ceremony included two of Evangelist Billy Graham’s children – Franklin Graham and Cissie Graham Lynch.  Another Billy Graham daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, was a featured speaker for the National Day of Prayer.

Not only is it significant that Franklin, Cissie and Anne attended the national observance of the Day of Prayer, they were invited into the Oval Office, as well.  Those gestures demonstrate the protective attitude toward religion voiced by President Trump, when he said, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

A stark contrast between the new administration and the previous administration is Mr. Trump’s February 22nd reversal of the unacceptable public school directive requiring male and female restrooms and locker rooms to become all-gender facilities, regardless of community values or opposition.  Continue reading