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Friday Absurdity Part II: Hate Group Appointed to Anti-Bullying Task Force

People, you just canNOT make this stuff up. Last Friday, I brought you the absurd story of the student who was bullied during at TV interview ON BULLYING.

Then today I find this gem: a school district appointed a hate group to its anti-bullying task force. Yep. You read that correctly.

Back in March, the Anoka-Hennepin School District just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice filed a landmark consent decree to resolve plaintiffs’ claims that middle and high schools in the district failed to address pervasive bullying and harassment of LGBT students (and those perceived as LGBT). The students had alleged violations of a number of laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination—including harassment of students for gender non-conformity—in schools that receive federal funding.

So as part of its effort to comply with the law and get its house in order, the District creates an anti-bullying task force. Great idea!

The District appointed Bryan Lindquist, a member of the Parents Action League, a local organization that, according to their own website, is dedicated to “[t]o motivate and equip citizens with current and accurate information about issues that impact the family.” Sounds fine.

But here’s the hitch: The Southern Poverty Law Center, a national civil rights organization, lists the Parents Action League as an active anti-LGBT hate group. (For example, the League refers to homosexuality as a “sexual disorder,” calls HIV GRID—“gay-related immune deficiency”; and asked the Anoka-Hennepin School Board to discuss the “medical consequences of homosexual acts.”)  Also listed as hate groups by SPLC are such notables as the KKK and the American Aryan Reich.

Wait, this must be some mistake. Right, school board? 

Not so much.

In response to a parent who expressed concerns with this choice, the School Board said it wanted task force members with “very diverse points of view.” Well, mission accomplished. I guess…

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Anoka Hennepin and the advancement of religion/anti-gay ideaolog

I am one of the many parents, teachers and community members shocked at the negligence of Chair Heidemann and the arrogance of this latest decision.There has been an on- going effort on the part of this school district to allow the relgious beliefs of people both inside and outside our community to dictate policy in our "public schools" and sadly this is just another example of it. Even after the percieved settlement between the district and the DOJ Chair Heidemann tells conservatives in an email to the Anoka County Watchdog, not to worry, the school board has maintained the intent (to deny the very existance of gay people or their history) of the disciminatory Sexual Orientation Curriculum Policy, despite saying outwardly that it was repealed and goes on to say tax payers don't need to worry about the money he will be seeking "grant money" to off-set what the DOJ required them to spend. We are in desperate need of someone, anyone who can help us get the leadership of this district to abide by the Constitution, more specifically the establishment and quit advancing the narrow religious beliefs of "one" group over the civil rights of the entire district. It's gone on far too long.

not a surprise:

Anoka County is in the 6th congressional district.
Look who represents this district:

http://bachmann.house.gov/district/6thdistrictmap.htm

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