But, on Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 54-43 against legislation that some claim was designed to promote the gay and lesbian agenda whereas others contend the legislation applies to all kids regardless of being part of a minority needing protection.
Although the legislation failed, due to its emotionality, it definitely has an afterlife.
As one might expected, embedded in this online spat were religious arguments centering upon the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Seabaugh, who has authored legislation known as a “birther” bill (to require presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can be included on Louisiana’s ballot), in response to the Buchannan Engle email asserted that the legislation’s purpose was to promote the agenda of gays, lesbians and transgender and that there is already other available legislation that covers bullying activities.
Here is the email exchange between Buchannan Engle and Seabaugh posted on her blog:
“I sent the following message to Mr. Seabaugh on 5/19/11:
"You are an embarrassment to Shreveport and to the State of Louisiana.
I sincerely hope your kids never get bullied in school - and that someone steps up to the plate & teaches them to not be prejudiced against people who are not white, wealthy, and conservative.
Maybe someday, you will learn that lesson yourself.
I will be praying for you, and for all those kids who remain unprotected at school due to your lack of compassion and moral diligence."
Mr. Seabaugh's response this morning, 5/20/11:
"If the bill would have addressed bullying, I would have made sure it passed. But this bill was model legislation used in other states to force school systems to teach elementary school kids about homosexual lifestyles. That would be an embarrassment to Louisiana!! If you would do a little research before going off half cocked, you would see that everything I said yesterday was exactly correct."
My response to Mr. Seabaugh this morning, 5/20/11:
"Just as I suspected, your eloquence & logic are overwhelmingly banal.
The entire bill "addresses" bullying. Believe it or not, I can read, sir.
YOU picked out the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression," to quash a model anti-hate bill which would have positively affected thousands of children in our state's school system.
Regardless of what you attorney/legislator/fear-monger/fundamentalist-type legislators believe, people who differ from your constricted views of "normalcy" are STILL human beings. They are created by God, and deserve equal protection, love and compassion.
Just like you do.
I suggest that you, sir, study the teachings of Jesus Christ."
Mr. Seabaugh's response this morning, 5/20/11:
"There are currently 28 laws, statutes and regulations in Louisiana which prohibit bullying. This bill added nothing except to open our schools to the teaching of the LGBT agenda. I have studied the teachings of Jesus Christ and I agree with his teachings regarding homosexuality. It is a sin plain and simple and it does not need to be taught in our schools. I was taught long ago to avoid getting into a debate with an idiot. It was said that the idiot would simply bring me down to her level and beat me with experience. So, in keeping with my education, I will now discontinue this discussion."
My final response to Mr. Seabaugh this morning, 5/29/11:
"May God have mercy on your soul, sir.
Peace. - Debbie Buchanan Engle"
Apparently, the debate on the issue is not final.
Coincidentally, moments after I received an email from the Buchannan Engle promoting her “online argument with Seabaugh, I received this email below from The Forum For Equality, a group that promotes gay rights:
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FAILED TO PROTECT LOUISIANA'S CHILDREN
In a 43 to 54 vote yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to protect Louisiana’s youth from the horrible effects of intimidation, harassment and bullying. “We are saddened, but not surprised, that a majority of the Louisiana House voted to allow children to be bullied in schools throughout Louisiana. It is shameful and the voters should hold them accountable” said Randy Evans, Forum For Equality Political Director.
This bill sought to protect ALL of Louisiana’s students, not just some. Not only did it remove exemptions from six parishes, it sought to set minimum standards and assist local schools and school boards by putting forward characteristics of students that are most often targeted.
“Rep. Austin Badon took on an issue that so many families deal with on a daily basis. He sought to improve on a vague and deficient policy for the safety of our children. But many of the Representatives were misled and bullied themselves by the outright lies and threats of the Louisiana Family Forum” said Kenny Tucker, Forum For Equality's Deputy Political Director.
“It is beyond comprehension that an organization dedicated to issues that affect the family would take such vehement opposition to a bill that seeks to make children safer. The Louisiana Family Forum’s baseless lies and hatred towards the LGBT community overpowered basic human decency” said SarahJane Brady, Managing Director of the Forum For Equality.
The Forum For Equality is very appreciative of Rep. Badon’s courageous efforts and those that stood to pass the full bill, in its entirety.
SarahJane E. Brady
An organization mentioned in the media that features itself as promoting “traditional family values” and which has been very active in defeating the “bullying legislation” obviously has a different viewpoint on the bill. Appearing on the Louisiana Family Forum’s website is the following:
HB 112 is based on the premise that Louisiana’s current anti-bullying statute is not sufficient. However, in committee, there were no statistics or evidence to show that bullying is a problem in Louisiana and that the current statute is not working. HB 112 creates a new category of bullying that is an action motivated by a list of actual or perceived characteristics. The bill lists specific characteristics including sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Neither of these two terms is defined in Louisiana statute.
Much of the debate in committee surrounded whether or not the bill should specifically enumerate the characteristics which should be protected from bullying. An amendment was offered to remove the characteristics and just have the statute apply to all children rather than those listed in the bill. But the homosexual activists would have none of that and quickly corralled committee members into rejecting the deletion of the enumerated characteristics. Proponents of the bill were allowed to continue testifying ill while Rep. Badon mustered the votes he needed to stop the removal of the characteristics.
Opponents of the bill advocated for a school bullying policy that "does not require sensitivity training on immoral behavior." Dr. John Yeats of the Louisiana Southern Baptist Convention said "homosexual activists are hijacking the bullying statutes to promote homosexuality." Leslie Ellison, a citizen witness, said, "This bill is a mandate to ... teach a tolerance of homosexuality."
In the end, even those who objected to the list of characteristics included in the bill voted to send the bill to the House Floor in an 8-3 vote. Reps. Hoffmann, Seabaugh, and Richardson voted against the bill.
On Thursday, May 12, 2011, the House Education Committee held a hearing on HB 112 by Rep. Austin Badon (D – New Orleans) which amends the Louisiana statute dealing with bullying of students in public school. Current law requires schools to develop a code of conduct which prohibits the harassment, intimidation and bullying of a student by another student.
Following a national effort by homosexual activist groups, Rep. Badon is offering a bill which seeks to make bullying a hate crime. Rep. Badon’s bill seeks to define bullying as speech or actions by one student directed at another student which is motivated by “sexual orientation, gender and gender identity” along with a list of other characteristics.
Here is what the Forum for Equality, said about the vote last Thursday:
Our opponents showed their true colors by spewing hate and lies. They accused “homosexual activists” of hijacking the bully statute and tried to dismiss the need for setting minimum standards and guidelines.
The bigots didn’t win today but we will need all of you to remain steadfast and strong in the battle NEXT WEEK to protect Louisiana’s youth.
Get it? Homosexual activists want you to believe that bullying is bad….and gay is good and if you don’t believe that, you are a “bigot”.
Homosexual activists would have you believe that there is a crisis with children being bullied in school and that the remedy is to teach the children about sexual orientation and transgenderism. But the truth is that Forum for Equailty, and other groups are bullying children to accept their immoral behavior!
Please contact your state Representative and tell him or her to vote “NO” on HB112, Our schools do not need to nurture homosexuality, they need to discourage bullying and cruelty.
Bullying is an activity that occurs on a daily basis in schools and in so many other venues where you find minors. No doubt this issue is quite emotional as it involves our kids, sexual orientation, and religion. File this issue as one that will resonate in state capitols, Washington DC and Court houses across the nation as proponents and opponents take their stands that sometimes might appear like an adult version of “bullying”.
by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com