Thursday, November 03, 2011

A Republican's license to bully: "Matt's Safe School Law" gutted

 I am sickened. I am filled with rage. I am shaking so badly I can hardly type. Just when I think Republicans cannot go any lower or be any more putrid, I am smacked in the face with yet another example of just how bankrupt of morals, decency, and compassion this party is. Will I ever learn?   

This morning's shining example of Republican vileness comes from the state of Michigan, where state Republicans senators prove yet again, they have no problem with a dead kid or two or three or ten, if they are gay or even perceived to be gay. Protecting our glbt children is NOT on their list of priorities, but protecting the bullies who beat the sh*t out of them, is. 

There is though, a hero in this story and I am posting a clip at the end of this post (I need something to take some of the stench out of this post). It is an emotional speech given by Democratic Senator Gretchen Whitmer who stands up and calls out the Republican slimebags who gutted the "anti-bullying bill" meant to save children (gay or straight), but in her words, actually created a blueprint for bullying them (or at least the ones who might be gay):

From The Detroit News:
Lansing— The Michigan Senate passed an anti-bullying bill Wednesday over strong objections from Democrats and even the father of the bullying victim after whom the bill is named.
"Matt's Safe School Law" passed 26-11 with all Democrats voting against it. The bill is named for Matt Eppling, an East Lansing 14-year-old who committed suicide after being bullied by classmates in 2002.
The law includes a section noting it doesn't abridge First Amendment free speech rights or prohibit expression of religious or moral viewpoints — a provision Democrats fear could be used to justify harassment of gay, lesbian or transgender students.
"I am ashamed that this could be Michigan's bill on anti-bullying when in fact it is a 'bullying is OK in Michigan law,'" Kevin Eppling, Matt's father, whose letter was read by Sen. Glenn Anderson during Wednesday's session.
And here is clip of Senator Gretchen Whitmer shining the spotlight on her fellow Republican colleagues true intentions:


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