Skip to comments.NEA Goes All-Out for Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 09/21/2009 9:06:43 AM PDT by Zender500
The National Education Association (NEA), which usually passes a dozen or more pro-homosexual resolutions every year at its annual national convention, this year in San Diego went all-out in support of same-sex marriage. This emphasis on advocacy for homosexuals was spelled out in a five-point New Business Item E.
Point #1 tells its union affiliates to support state legislation that registers same-sex couples in a way that mimics marriage. This registration would cover taxes, inheritance, adoptions, medical decisions, and even immigration.
Point #2 says that states can call this same-sex registration marriage or civil union or domestic partnership so long as same-sex relationships are treated like marriage.
In Point #3, the NEA promises to "support its affiliates" in opposing state constitutional amendments and laws that "could have the effect" of differentiating between homosexual and heterosexual couples. The NEA's California affiliate spent $1.25 million of teachers' dues money on the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 last year.
In Point #4, the NEA supports repeal of federal laws and regulations such as the very popular 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. According to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) list of laws that use DOMA's definition of marriage, repeal of this law would create new Social Security and joint income tax benefits for homosexual partners.
The NEA's only concession to those who disagree with these goals is Point #5, which acknowledges that churches have a First Amendment right not to perform same-sex marriages.
In the limited floor debate, delegates were booed if they mentioned that marriage should be between a man and a woman. New Business Item E was approved by a voice vote of about 60 percent to 40 percent.
The long list of policy resolutions approved by the nation's most powerful teachers union included many references to "sexual orientation," "gender identification," and "diversity." Since the NEA is the largest and most powerful teachers union, it is reasonable to assume that these attitudes will follow the teachers into the classroom.
Every year, the NEA convention passes a resolution endorsing "family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom," which everybody understands specifically means abortion. And every year, some pro-life delegates try to pass a motion stating that the NEA takes "no position on abortion."
The abortion-neutral motion has always been decisively defeated, never getting as much as 25 percent of the vote, and sometimes it is even ruled out of order by the chairman. This year, something remarkable happened.
The pro-lifers introduced their motion as a bylaw amendment instead of as a resolution, a procedure that calls for a secret, written ballot instead of a voice vote. Although the abortion-neutral motion failed, mirabile dictu, the secret ballot produced an amazing 39.4 percent voting for the abortion-neutral measure.
The swan-song speech of the NEA's retiring general counsel, Bob Chanin, showcased the NEA's animosity toward parents and others who don't agree with the NEA's leftwing views. Chanin, who served the NEA for 41 years, pitched his speech to respond to his own question: "Why are these conservative and right-wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates?"
Chanin answered, "NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power, and we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year."
Such arrogance! The NEA would have a small fraction of its power and bank account if it had to depend on teachers "willing to pay" dues.
In many states, teachers pay union dues because it is a condition of their employment. Many of the NEA's contracts require school districts to promptly fire any teacher who fails to pay dues.
Some of these "right-wing bastards" identified by Chanin included Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and the Bush Administration's Department of Education. He added: "We are not paranoid, someone really is after us."
Chanin is correct. Conservatives are after the NEA. Since this powerful organization has effective control of the public schools, spends millions of taxpayers' dollars to indoctrinate schoolchildren, and spends millions of its own money to lobby for leftwing goals, the NEA deserves to be subjected to citizen surveillance and criticism.
For many years, the NEA nestled behind its status as a professional "association"; after all, that's its name. But Chanin now unapologetically played up the NEA as a union, saying, "NEA and its affiliates should never lose sight of the fact that they are unions."
One final Item of note: the NEA convention voted down New Business Item 66, which would have required the union to make public the salaries and benefits received by its executives.
That’s because they all want to marry each other.
but teaching math and reading?
noooooooooooooooo not our job. We don’t get paid enough to do thaaaaat
If you are still wondering why education in America is a mess, you have to be a bona fide idiot.
What does homosexuality have to do with teaching children how to read and count?
Every year at the state convention, she tries to bring up a resolution saying that the union has no business taking an opinion on issues like Gay marriage, abortion, etc. Every year, she gets soundly defeated.
They don’t want to get married at all. They just want to destroy the institution of marriage and the traditional American family.
What does any of this have to do with representing teachers in their workplace dealings with their employers?
All teachers should not pay NEA dues and effectively kill it. It has turned evil.
I only agree on the pro-life resolution, I mean that the NEA is killing their future customers/students and that is counter productive.
I've heard this sort of feminist elite described as "Women who refuse to get married, and then demand the right to divorce," and "Women who refuse to get pregnant, and then demand the right to abort."
Yep -= we need a good recession - let teachers get paid with garden produce, eggs, and game like the good old days.
They also want the ability to force traditional religious leaders to "marry" them, at the point of a government gun. THAT is their end-game...
Shouldn’t they be focused on math and science?
The left-wing cabal intersects the homosexual cabal.
Leftist movements like the Bolsheviks and Nazis have always supported and promoted sexual deviancy. Notwithstanding that the Nazis threw numbers of overtly homosexual men into the concentration-camp system (the pink triangles gays use came from the camps), nevertheless the command staff of the SA were uniformly homosexual or bisexual, and their art and fashion reflected homosexual interests throughout the regime's career. Hitler himself (never mind Eva Braun -- Hitler didn't) turned into the ultimate drama queen.
The NEA is a rotten organization whose members have enabled reptilian homosexual organizations like Kevin Jennings's GLSEN to slither into the schools to recruit teens and tweens to their deathstyle. Most homosexual men aren't born, they're turned out, and the NEA stands guilty of the blackest treason to their charges, and to the tradition and trust of pedagogy.
I don't think you're taking it far enough. They want the Biblical anathematization of homosexuality to go away permanently. This implies persecution of "non-reconciling" (i.e., non-capitulating) Christians and Jews. Carried to its logical end, this drive will reproduce the extreme tortures and state murders that were commonplace during the persecutions of Decius and Galerius.