HR 2262 includes disturbingly ‘vague’ language

Take a look at the text of a bill meant to reduce school violence. Section II-G(12) and Section II-G(13) include definitions of ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’. According to the following sub-paragraphs, the term ‘bullying’ means conduct that:

    (A) adversely affects the ability of one or more students to participate in or benefit from the school’s educational programs or activities by placing the student (or students) in reasonable fear of physical harm; and
    (B) includes conduct that is based on–
            (i) a student’s actual or perceived
                     (I) race;
                    (II) color;
                    (III) national origin;
                   (IV) sex;
                    (V) disability;
                   (VI) sexual orientation;
                   (VII) gender identity; 
                   (VIII) religion;
           (ii) any other distinguishing characteristics that may be defined by a State or local         educational agency; or
          (iii) association with a person or group with one or more of the actual or perceived characteristics listed in clause (i) or (ii).  [All emphases SKG]
Section II-G(13) has the same language and definitions for the term HARASSMENT.  Trust me when I say that I have no tolerance for children or adults who truly are bullies. Such behavior is dangerous both physically and emotionally. However, the language here is intentionally open-ended. Such bills are crafted by attorneys, who’ve spent their careers finely honing linguistic skills. When ‘actual or perceived’ is inserted into the definition, it sets the scene for lawsuits aplenty with only ‘perception’ as the basis.
And what is ‘gender identity’? When did we cross the line from male and female into a spectrum of ‘identities’? According to Wikipedia, gender identity refers to:  
the gender(s), or lack thereof, a person self-identifies as. It is not necessarily based on biological fact, either real or perceived, nor is it always based on sexual orientation. The gender identities one may choose from include: male, female, both, somewhere in between (“third gender”), or neither.[1][2][3]
What?  So, now we are free to choose our racial identity (call me Melungeon, I guess), but we can also list our ‘gender identity’ as ‘somewhere in between’? I’m not sure such permissive attitudes will remove either bullying or harassment from schoolyard or workplace.
The Lord made the world with order, and humans were created as male and female.
We’re treading on dangerous ground by redefining the Lord’s handiwork. Not male or female? Somewhere in between? The Lord will not be mocked. And He is returning soon–and not as a meek, mild baby in a manger. He will be riding a mighty horse of battle. Are you ready? Do you know Christ?

11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

 12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

 16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. — Revelation 19:11-16

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  1. My only response to this is that the government should get their filthy, stinking, putrid, rotten hands off the educational system. It isn’t their place. That is the purview of state and local governments.

    Even if everything that was in this or any other federal legislation was something I agreed with, I’d still say that they should get their filthy, stinking, putrid, rotten hands off the educational system.

    I’m sure that being the wonderful writers that you guys are you can come up with a much better way of saying that. It’s about the best that this Texan transplant from Arkansas can do. 🙂

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