Skip to comments.The Idle Hands and Wandering Minds of Texas Legislators
Posted on 05/09/2005 11:15:08 AM PDT by freepatriot32
Politicians of the Texas State House took the time this week to pass HB 1476 which will put an end to "sexually suggestive" performances by middle and high school students. The bill, all 219 words of it, didn't bother to define what a sexually suggestive performance may be.
Here are the main portions of the bill:
Sec. 33.088. SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE PERFORMANCES PROHIBITED.
(a) A school dance team, drill team, cheerleading team, or similar
performance group may not perform in a sexually suggestive manner
at an athletic or other extracurricular event or competition
sponsored or approved by a school district or campus.
(b) A school performance group that violates Subsection (a)
may not perform for the remainder of the school year in which the
(c) If the commissioner determines that a school district or
a campus in a school district knowingly permits a sexually
suggestive performance prohibited by Subsection (a) or knowingly
permits a school performance group to perform in violation of
Subsection (b), the commissioner shall reduce the funding the
district receives under Chapter 42 by an amount the commissioner
The author of HB 1476, Democrat Al Edwards, made his thoughts and his intellectual ability quite clear in an interview with the Austin American Statesman. Edwards stated that his bill, "would strike a blow for standards in a society that, in general, is opposed to morality." He followed up by saying that, "Satan is not just going to let you walk over and get something." Huh?
To top off his show of self-perceived moral force, Edwards grasped a blue and white pompom during his interview, one of many which were passed out to legislators for the passing of the bill.
Despite the existence of thousands of "Cheerleader Moms" within Texas who are capable of overseeing their own children's activities, Mr. Edwards and his colleagues felt it was a matter urgent and necessary enough for the state government of Texas.
Texas, home of the world famous and scantily clad Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (click here for their swimsuit calendar), is now also home to subjective government intervention.
[Note to the parents of these Texas students, be sure that your daughter and her friends make no overly graceful dance moves or - - gasp - - wink at the crowd as the Friday night lights shine down upon them. As an alternative, you could always join the Libertarian Party and put a few rational thinking individuals into your state house.]
What we have here is a failure of *society* to render adequate social stigma upon those who behave improperly... and the legislature trying to impose that stigma through law.
Rather, when the cheerleading squad starts acting like porn stars, the crowd should start booing. They would get the picture pretty darned fast.
I dunno. I think if there were 100 boys their age in a crowd of 2500 that was cheering them on.... even while the others were booing or going to get popcorn.... they'd still dance like Britney wannabes.
At least Al Edwards is in Austin, somewhat working it seems!
That in itself says a lot about this Texas Democrat!
Okay, so who enforces this and, more importantly, how much do I have to pay for it?
I figure the courts rule... and the executive branch in Texas enforces. Like all the other laws. Isn't that what you'd guess? You've already got obsenity laws. How are they enforced?
Idiots come up with Laws like this when they are not smart enough to have a real Idea. Who ever came up with this idea needs to be drug tested. There is Crack in this background.
What kind of "conservative" thinks any government body above the level of a local school board has any business regulating cheerleading, for crying out loud.
A curious specimen, to be sure, but hardly a "conservative."
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