We've noted before so-called "anti-bullying" laws in Canada that require approval of homosexuality and that apply to private, Catholic schools, apparently on the grounds that these schools take some public money.
Minnesota is looking to bring such laws to the United States. The new "safe schools" law proposed in Minnesota would, according to this article, apply even to Catholic schools if their students are getting books and other "resources" with public money. I don't know what kind of resources they have in mind or what public money programs these are. I would like to know more about it. How and why has public money become involved in these Catholic schools?
I have several comments:
First, such bogus "anti-bullying" campaigns, really just a facade for spreading the homosexual agenda, are also bad for public schools. I don't think we should retreat simply to saying, "Oh, but I don't think this should apply to Christian schools." I think we should call out this ideology and warn everybody: Don't believe in these anti-bullying groups and campaigns, and fight any laws of this kind in your state across the board. Don't just fight to have religious schools excluded from them. That's already a retreat from criticizing the campaigns in and of themselves. Don't forget what happened to student Brandon Wegner under the guise of his school's anti-bullying policy. "Safe schools," really? Not for Christian and conservative students.
Second, please, please, please take note of the extreme danger of taking public money. This is true of Christian schools, but the "virtual charter school" movement could move it into home schooling as well. If you are a home schooler accepting public money for your child's computers and some books or lessons that you couldn't otherwise afford, and if your state passes a "safe schools" law like the one in Minnesota, this could affect your choice of curriculum and what you teach your children. The HSLDA has written quite a bit about the "virtual charter school" movement which brings government money into home schooling. and their concerns about it. Here is one article, using Alaska as a cautionary example.
In the long run, the leftists will abandon even the link to public money; note this law in Canada which initially tried (though later apparently amended) to regulate directly what home schooling parents can teach their children, regardless of the money trail. But I firmly believe that it starts with blurring the line between public and private schools, so that they are just all "our schools" and hence subject to direct, ideological government regulation. And that does follow the money trail.
Third, and related, this should make us think twice and thrice about the wisdom of private school vouchers. Conservatives are often pro-voucher, but the warning signs from this Minnesota law should be huge.
Fourth, and redundant: Don't be foolish about anti-bullying campaigns. They are what they are. See here, here, and here, and of course the proposed Minnesota law in the main post. Every new law that comes out makes this painfully clear. The campaign advocates makes this painfully clear. It's not even like they are being all that subtle.
It's pointless to say that in some Platonic, non-existent realm someone could maybe design a good, helpful, and effective anti-bullying program for schools. I'm not even sure that is true. If your school has a problem with nasty kids being cruel or violent, you need to install a widely applied kick-out-the-real-troublemakers policy, wise teachers who are capable of kicking rear end and taking names, and enough good staff with enough power to model and enforce good behavior on multiple fronts (including not cheating, being respectful to teachers, and so on and so forth). Dealing with bullying problems by putting everybody in the school through some milk-and-water "Be nice and respect everybody, even if they're different" Program with a capital P is a silly and ineffective approach. But in reality, we're talking about something much, much worse even than that. Don't be a dupe. If your kids' school starts one of these things, get him out if you haven't already. If your state tries to pass "anti-bullying legislation," lobby against it, and not halfheartedly, either.