As the summer rolls on for most of us, the newest MassResistance affiliate in Nebraska is fighting hard for families with children in school.
Earlier this year the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Board of Education approved a city-wide “comprehensive sex-ed” program that was opposed by many parents. It is now preparing to push through a policy that would force the full “transgender” agenda into the city’s public schools.
But dozens of Omaha area pro-family citizens, with the help of MassResistance, have quickly geared up to stop it. They have already come to two Board meetings to strongly voice objections, and more direct activism is happening now.
An outrageous change of policy
The proposed policy would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the existing school system policy. As the Board acknowledged in its public discussion, the effect of this would be:
- To allow boys to go into girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and showers (and vice versa)
- To require schools to address a boy by a girl’s name and refer to him as “she” if requested (and vice versa)
- To allow boys to wear dresses to school
- To impose intense “diversity training” on school staff and others
- Ultimately, boys will likely be allowed to play on girls’ sports teams
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And parents will have no say in this.
The proposed policy cites “state and federal laws” that require these changes, though the Board has acknowledged that no such laws exist for “gender” issues. In fact, Nebraska is among 21 states that have filed suit against the Obama Administration’s non-binding “directive” on transgender bathrooms being sent to schools across the country.
The parents’ job is cut out for them. It is quite shocking how militant the OPS Board members seem about forcing these changes on the school system, regardless of parent objections. Moreover, they have clearly been working with LGBT activists on this — using GLSEN materials and constantly framing it as a “safety” issue.
MassResistance’s ties to Nebraska activism
MassResistance’s roots with Nebraska pro-family activism go back to January 2013. Executive Director Brian Camenker was invited to Omaha for three days to address a state pro-family gathering and work with state pro-family leaders on strategy.
One of those leaders, Mark Bonkiewicz, later formed Nebraskans for Founders’ Values (NFFV), which now has hard-working activists across the state. The group has done heroic activism dealing with school boards, with legislators in the State Capitol, and much more. Mark and his team have continued to work closely with MassResistance — and the group is now a MassResistance affiliate! “Our team is rooted in prayer and then action,” says Mark.
June 20 School Board meeting: Transgender issue suddenly appears
On June 20, a mid-day television news broadcast reported that at that evening’s Omaha School Board meeting, the main item would be a the transgender changes, described as “policy to protect LGBT students.”
It came as a surprise, and NFFV’s Omaha parents barely had time to react. However one NFFV member did make it to the meeting. (Watch VIDEO of her great testimony below!)
At the Board meeting that evening, it became clear that the local LGBT group had been part of this plan all along. In the “public comment” time at the beginning of the meeting, their “dog and pony show” supporting the changes was rolled out. Seven of the nine people who spoke were LGBT activists with prepared speeches.
Here’s an example of the LGBT testimony:
- A homosexual student told the Board, “We cannot remain silent or neutral on injustice” and added that there must be bathroom rights and appropriate “name and pronoun terminology” to accomplish that.
- A lesbian teacher in the Omaha schools said that teachers must feel completely free to “be themselves” to their students, and the Board must not allow any criticism of it.
- A member of GLSEN-Omaha addressed the Board and told them, “There’s a lot of promise in this district” — but “intervention” is needed. He added that LGBT issues should not be just in health class. This includes teaching about “gay” historical and literary figures, as well as encouraging “gay” student clubs in every school, he said. He also made sure that each Board member had received the latest GLSEN “student climate” survey.
- A man dressed as a woman, with artificial “female” breasts, lamented that when he was in school “I never would have been allowed to use the women’s’ restrooms, to play on women’s teams, to have my name and pronouns taken seriously.” He added, “How can we say that we are supporting our transgender students if we do not acknowledge them? Your inaction and silence will only reinforce their worst fears.”
- Another LGBT activist told the Board members they must fight the “bigoted and destructive mindset” that opposes these changes.
A breath of fresh air: Fearless pro-family testimony
Near the end of the testimony, a woman who is a member of NFFV spoke. In our opinion, her 4 1/2-minute testimony was exactly what school boards need to hear, but what too many of us are afraid to say. It’s a virtual clinic on dealing with elitist public officials:
Watch this VIDEO – STRONG pro-family testimony that school boards rarely hear! (4 min 44 sec)
Board discusses the transgender policy proposal
After the public comments, the School Board members and superintendent then had a lengthy discussion of the proposed policy. The arrogance and anti-parent attitude that came through was breathtaking, especially coming from a supposedly conservative state like Nebraska.
It became clear that just about all of them have drunk the LGBT Kool-Aid on this issue. Their mantra was that this is only about student “safety” (though safety is defined very loosely), and they repeated that over and over. (Though they didn’t point to any actual incidents that endangered a student.)
Board Member Marian Fay is the ringleader on pushing this through. She acknowledged working with LGBT groups, and said more input from LGBT parents (but not other parents) is necessary. She admitted, “Yes, there is an agenda.” She also made it clear that this is too important to allow upset parents’ opinions to intervene. She said:
I would caution us from creating a situation where we’re allowing an over-hyped politically charged environment from dictating what we know is right and what we know is the safest and best course of action.
Board Member Anthony Vargas acknowledged that no federal or state lawsrequire this. Instead, Omaha needs move forward on its own. He said:
We should not wait for the state to create or decide what their interpretation is of this. We need to set the standard for our state. We should do that now. We should not wait.
Board Member Katie Underwood added that the they need to act because the Governor and Legislature are “irresponsible” and that this is much too important. She said:
This ordinance is the bedrock of public schools. I also kind of like the idea of Omaha Public Schools taking the leadership on this because frankly I’ve seen a lack of leadership at the state level with our Governor coming out and basically telling school leadership to ignore the letter from the Department of Justice, which I think is completely unhelpful and irresponsible…
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