Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Supports Chairman Sawyers’ LGBT Protections

According to their web site, the “Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure just and fair treatment to all.’ Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human rights agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

This prominent and well-respected organization recently weighed in to support the effort, announced last June, by School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers to protect members of the LGBT community in the school system. Their letter is shown below.

Credit is due Chairman Sawyers for having the courage and fortitude to pursue this issue in a county all too often viewed by too many as a hotbed of bigotry and intolerance. No doubt he is suffering a barrage of attacks from those who would rather do anything other than adopt a policy to protect one of the most vulnerable groups among our school age population.



13 comments on “Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Supports Chairman Sawyers’ LGBT Protections

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    This is all very discouraging. I’ve followed this debate and can’t believe there really still is one about offering basic legal protection to LBGT students. People claims Sawyers is politicizing the school board with this issue. How can it be “politicizing” to simply protect a student minority from discrimination?

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    It is just disgusting that people have made it about politics. If our school board is not strong enough to stand up to the bullies to protect our kids they will all need to go. these children need our protection

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    Maybe we should remove the protections against religious discrimination in this country. Religion is the only protected class where the characteristic involved is a personal choice of the individual, rather than an immutable characteristic like race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. and it’s often a bunch of religious bigots who are against protecting members of the LGBT community.

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    My beef is with the “need more time” people. How much more time do they need? The proposed policy was announced last June and the issue of LGBT equality has been a major topic for years. We just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for crying out loud!

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    Anonymous makes a good point. We protect people from discrimination on the basis of their religion even though religious affiliation is a choice rather than a way you’re born. Yet it’s members of the dominant religion, Christianity, who constantly claim the right to discriminate against people outside their churches, in the public sphere, in commerce and in our schools. The problem in this country is not political correctness, it’s religious correctness, where the dominant religion thinks they should be able to discriminate against whoever they want but not be discriminated against themselves for a personal choice they have made.

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    I’m not sure it helped Sawyers to get something from the ADL. A lot of these religious right-wingers attacking him are anti-Semitic too. They just cover it up by being anti-Muslim also.

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    Compassion is an important Christian value. How can anyone be opposed to protecting students from discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation? How can anyone justify that?

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    My understanding is that Sawyers has taken the transgender bathroom issue off the table. That should make this a slam dunk. Only a bigot or a coward would vote to allow discriminating in the schools against a student, teacher or employee because they’re gay.

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    If you drum people out of your party when they don’t vote exactly as you do you end up a powerless minority.

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    Given how tenuous a connection local Democrats seem to have on supposed Democratic values, the idea of drumming them out of the local party because of a vote seems laughable. What values? What party?

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    Um . . . Democrats are already a powerless minority. Even on the school board where they have a majority.

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    We’re not talking about a land use issue or tax issue or traffic issue, where there are competing legitimate economic interests at play. This is about prohibiting discriminating against students and teachers because they’re gay. This is a civil rights issue. One of the most important civil rights issues so far in the 21st century.

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    It took all of 30 seconds for some school board members to vote to change the name of a school with zero, absolutely zero input from the community affected and now they need another year to think about something as simple as prohibiting discrimination against gay students and teachers, which has been studied to death over the last decade. Disgraceful.

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