Steven Hsieh, writing at AlterNet, has a collection of legislative actions he entitles 5 Utterly Horrifying Right-Wing State Bills. (emphasis added throughout)
1. Tennessee bill would prohibit discussion of “˜non-heterosexual’ sexuality in schools and force teachers to warn parents if their kids identify as LGBT.
This is the return of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with the addition of a requirement that, in effect, means the same teachers must “say gay” if they think a student might be, or has declared she or he is, that “g” word. Or “l” or “b” or “t,” or even just “h,” unless the following letter is an “e” and not an “o.” Sen. Stacey Campbell (R) is once again the primary sponsor (and several of his fellow Repubs are distancing themselves from this bill). Campbell says it’s necessary because:
“˜The act of homosexuality is very dangerous to someone’s health and safety.’
I wonder if he uses the phrase, “act of heterosexuality”?
2. Missouri bill would require first-graders to study gun safety with the NRA.
The “National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program” would send instructors into every first grade of every public school. But wait! There’s more! The bill also requires teachers
… to attend eight hours of intruder response classes. But the NRA won’t pay for substitute teachers during training time, which is projected to cost school districts $16 million.
I’ve read of several states with similar bills, for teachers to be so trained, and some which want to arm them as well.
3. Arkansas bill would ban abortions as early as five weeks into pregnancy.
This bill has passed the state senate: when a “fetal heartbeat” can be detected, abortion is banned. There’s more.
The bill … would require doctors administer vaginal probes to detect whether women pass the cut-off of fetal heartbeat.
… (D)octors who perform abortions after the cut-off would face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
What is it about gays, guns and women that gets some lawmakers so worked up? As does “government,” meaning “federal.”
4. Mississippi bill aims to exempt state from certain federal laws.
This one is about unwanted things like the Affordable Care Act and gun control proposals, and according to Hsieh “aim(s) to neutralize federal laws … .”
The last one I wrote about earlier, and you can find more details here.
5. Two Arizona bills would require public school students to pledge loyalty to the Constitution and American flag.
Note, that’s “require.” The loyalty pledge:
“˜I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.’
Since seniors would be required to sign this in order to graduate, the “I take this obligation freely” is less than inaccurate. Regarding the Pledge of Allegiance, public schools are now required to have a time for this every day. The new bill would mean that students would no longer have an option not to pledge along.
Gays, guns, girls and government … Geez.