Seriously. Read the Damn Bills.
They KNOW that most people don’t read past the title.
It’s a secret weapon that we hand right over when we don’t read past titles and headlines. It’s how we end up being complicit in our own demise… how we build the prison wall around us. And it’s an easy fix.
Don’t take their word for it. (Don’t take mine either.)
Stop believing there’s a “Don’t Say Gay” bill. There isn’t.
There’s HB 1557, “An act relating to parental rights in education.”
If it was me “meme-ing”, I’d call it the “Let Parents Parent” bill. But, like I said, read it and decide for yourself.
Is this really “anti-gay”?
And could there be some merit to this?
When you allow someone else (usually a special interest group) to decide what a bill means, it’s easier for them to disparage and gaslight the parents who have read the bills and understand the stakes.
This NJEA ad is a perfect example of how parents voices can be used as weapons against them in the absence of understanding.
Remember the 20th Century Cures Act? You likely heard the NIH version…
But here are some other considerations…
Does anything about this sound familiar?
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 sounds like it would protect children doesn’t it?
However, the NCVIA also provided vaccine manufacturers with significant tort-liability protections and eliminated manufacturer liability for a vaccine’s unavoidable adverse side effects.
Under 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22 – Standards of responsibility: Paragraph (b), which addresses “Unavoidable adverse side effects; warnings” states, “(1) No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.
“(2) For purposes of paragraph (1), a vaccine shall be presumed to be accompanied by proper directions and warnings if the vaccine manufacturer shows that it complied in all material respects with all requirements under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act …” unless the plaintiff is able to show the manufacturer engaged in specific conduct or failed to exercise due care by clear and convincing evidence in its compliance with the Act.
Section (c) Direct warnings, states, “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, solely due to the manufacturer’s failure to provide direct warnings to the injured party (or the injured party’s legal representative) of the potential dangers resulting from the administration of the vaccine manufactured by the manufacturer.”
Section (e) prohibits states from establishing or enforcing a law that would bar an individual from bringing civil action against a vaccine manufacturer for damages for a vaccine-related injury or death if such civil action is not barred by the NCVIA.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted review in the case of Bruesewitz et al v. Wyeth LLC with Justice Antonin Scalia delivering the opinion of the court on Feb. 22, 2011.
The court held, “The NCVIA preempts all design-defect claims against vaccine manufacturers brought by plaintiffs seeking compensation for injury or death caused by the vaccine’s side effects.”
Once liability was removed, we did see some changes… just not the ones we were looking for.
A little inquiry goes a long way.
Keep an eye out for cleverly named, rainbow-painted, cherry-scented BOGO tyranny (free gift with purchase). It’s out there.
I think you've over-simplified the issues in the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill. It sounds wonderful to call it the "let parents parent" bill, but this assumes we live in a world where all parents love their children, and want to do the best for them. We don't. Any gay person will tell you they know many, many people (maybe the majority of the gay people I know) whose parents were deeply abusive and harmful. If a gay child is raised by anti-gay parents, they are probably being raised to believe that they are an evil piece of garbage. Schools need to be able to deal, in some fashion, with kids who need protection from their parents, and there is a big gray area between obviously violent parents who need to have their kids taken away and parents who simply make their kids believe that they are worthless. It helps kids if some other trusted adult, like a teacher, assures them that there is nothing evil about them.
Another example: the magnificent sounding Prison Rape Elimination Act. Passed 2003. Was rape eliminated in US prisons in consequence of that legislation? Are they rape free zones? Hmm.