The Hitting Stops Here! A campaign for teaching kindness and respect in schools everywhere.
The Hitting Stops Here! A campaign for teaching kindness and respect in schools firstname.lastname@example.org, 408.509.6835September 29, 2011New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy’s federal bill for banning USA school corporal punishment, HR 3027, news reports and PSA:REP CAROLYN McCARTHY’S PETITIONFor Banning USA School Corporal Punishment: http://DontHitStudents.com/American Civil Liberties Union PetitionTell Congress to Support The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act:https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3669&s_sbsrc=110925_CorpPunishSchools_bor
What American Schoolchildren Can Do For Gaining Their14th Amendment “protective” and “due process” rights :By clicking on the following link and completing the simple form, an automated letter will besent to your Representatives in Congress urging them to Support H.R. 3027, “The EndingCorporal Punishment in Schools Act,” which can be sent daily:
Additionally, it is important to know:Where Does Governmental Power Exist For Ending USA “School Corporal Punishment”“The Umbrella of U.S. Power,” p. 52, by Dr. Norm Chomsky, reveals that the US SenateHolds the Power to End All USA School Beatings and Other Forms of School Corporal Punishment:“The U.S.A. accepted the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other forms of Cruel andInhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, BUT THE SENATE IMPOSED RESTRICTIONS, USING ITS POWER TO AMEND AND RATIFY TREATIES UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, to protect in part, the Supreme Court’s ruling ALLOWING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS.”Dr. Chomsky is an esteemed lecturer and professor of Government and International Politics at Harvard University.Therefore, US Senator Education Committee Chairman Tom Harkin has the MOST influential power for ending USA school corporal punishment. While American schoolchildren of color, disadvantaged and special needs, primarily, face allkinds of abusive punishment in USA schools, Tom Harkin has focused his attention on the following:“…Tom is working to insure that the Middle Class has a bright future…” He has fought toimprove education in Iowa and across the country. He has worked to reduce class size, givestudents better computer and Internet access, expand school counseling and safety programs andimprove teacher training. He has also led the effort to modernize America’s school infrastructure.Each year he secures funding to help school districts in Iowa update and repair their facilities.Please note: Iowa Senator Harkins resides in the top-performing state for education in America.Do schoolchildren in US “paddling” states fit anywhere in his agenda?Tom Harkin is the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee that funds the USA Education schoolsystem. These funds are those referred to in NY Rep Carolyn McCarthy’s bill. See news report, Bill forBanning US School Corporal Punishment Introduced To Congress:Senator Tom Harkin’s biography:Senator Harkin has a, “Tell Tom how you Feel About a Bill” link at: http://harkin.senate.gov/contact.cfmALL U.S. SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER names and contact information, tobe posted here soon.The following link is to their main website containing their contacts:__________US House of Representative Education and Work force Committee Chairman John Kline was reelected to represent suburbs and rural Minnesota counties in the House of Representatives a fourth term in 2008. He has established himself as one of Congress’s foremost experts on defenseand veterans issues, a conservative voice on tax and budget policy, an advocate for education,and a champion for helping America become more energy independent. But ending US school beatings of disadvantaged American schoolchildren under his jurisdiction,being targeted at them by American Educators who are under his command, appears to be for him, a daunting task. Fall 2011, the House of Representatives is expected to consider proposals to roll back FEDERAL INTRUSION in classrooms, eliminate wasteful education spending, improve accountability, support more effective teachers, and provide more flexibility to state and local education leaders.Rep. John Kline’s contact information: MN Ofc: 952.808.1213, Wash. DC Ofc: 201.225.2271, email address for MN residents: http://kline.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=233ALL U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER names and contact information, to be posted here soon. The federal bill for banning USA school corporal punishment was introduced to the House by Representative Carolyn McCarthy on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.
See news report, Paddling is Bullying, Outlaw It, Says U.S. Congresswoman:
PLEASE POST!REP CAROLYN McCARTHY’S PETITION FOR BANNING USA SCHOOLCORPORAL PUNISHMENT:PSA ON BANNING USA SCHOOL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT:Other links worthy of attention:Statistics on Children in America: www.brookings.edu/opinions/2011/0408_census_youth_frey.aspx
“Forced medication” in American schools: http://psychrights.org/kids/pizzuroforceddrugging.pdf
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Religious objections to our laws
I had the temerity to suggest on a public forum that male circumcision was a barbaric practice. That raised a lot of hackles and you cannot imagine how long that thread lasted and how hard it was to get people to stop posting and move on. I happen to earnestly believe that genital mutilation is barbaric for males and even more so for females, although far more males suffer at the present time. Now, many states have enacted laws with stiff punishments for those involved with female genital mutilation. People entering the country are warned about the law and given explicit information about what will happen to them if they disobey the law. Female genital mutilation cases open the opportunity to press equal protection claims in the courts because females are clearly being favored by such law. Such a legal shift might sidestep the contentious first amendment religious freedom claims that are at the heart of so much abuse of children by religious objectors and their defenders.
Hypocrites claim humans are the perfect creation of a god, then set about remodeling his handiwork. If I understand the religious justification, the Jews insist on this blood sacrifice rite to prove their fealty to god. The surprising thing is that even secular Jews insist on doing this because of tribal pressure to conform. It is clear that Jewish parents, who do not suffer, use there male children as instruments to maintain their standing in the tribe. Well, I say why not slice off one of your ear lobes instead? Why wouldn’t that work as a blood sacrifice rite? Find another way to please your god if you have to. Just leave your child out of it until he is old enough to make adult decisions for his own benefit.
Fortunately, the international trend seems to favor laws against circumcision of both males and females. The Canadian medical system will not pay for the procedure any longer and stricter laws apply. At least among civilized people attitudes are changing, and this is the first step in any civil rights campaign. The really good news is that as the religious justification is defeated in courts, the decisions will pile up and eventually legislatures and courts will strengthen the hand of child rights advocates in other areas where children are abused because of religious objections. Right now there is not enough momentum so we are still at the stage where education and persuasion are needed.
The only reason circumcision is not outlawed in the United States (either by law or by popular outcry) is because society defers to the religious sensibilities of Jews (and perhaps Muslims) because it is after all a religious rite. For generations, we have been taught not to question the religious rites of others lest they question ours (or worse question our lack of religion) and then we get into huge interminable non-productive fights. Over dogma. Looking at circumcision scientifically and dispassionately we can see there may be a case for male circumcision perhaps, perhaps in Africa and other parts of the world where men are not educated about personal hygiene and prevention of STDs and AIDS. Here in the US education, condoms, soap, and water is all that is required.
However, we have the Oregon Supreme Court case of a young 12 year old boy that was told by a lower court that his father could have him circumcised: http://www.nysun.com/article/65926 I think four Jewish groups leaped to the defense of the father. Not the boy mind you − the father. The boy never appeared in court to testify. The lower court was completely disinterested in hearing what he had to say about his own penis. Such a stark example shows how absolutely stone deaf we are to the plight of children. Fortunately the Oregon Supreme Court issued a ruling that turned the case back to the lower court with instructions to question the boy. So far no final ruling on this so far as I know.
Abandonment of the child is the common thread that runs through all of the injustices heaped on helpless children. Jurisdictions permit practices for supposed noble religious freedom reasons, but in reality there are hidden and selfish parental motives if you dig deeply enough. In the case of the Amish you don’t have to dig that deep. Amish communities have been allowed to survive through statutory exceptions especially carved out for them in the law. If these exceptions were not granted do we really believe that a cultic group like this would still be functioning in our midst? Remember their history. The Anabaptists were violently suppressed at gunpoint by angry Swiss where they originated. They have had several hundred years to make their case for continuing to exist and that is long enough, in fact it is too long. So let’s revoke the statues that permit them to abuse their children and overturn the Yoder Supreme Court decision. If the Amish are on to something really great they will flourish and we will all be riding around in horse drawn carriages and reading our bibles by candlelight in a matter of years.
We must stop allowing religious objections to interfere with teaching about science, sexuality and human reproduction. Even the liberal state of California permits parents to shield their children from sex-ed and sex bias education which secular children are able to profit from to build better, healthier lives. Systemic inequalities are thus built in to state policies. If your parents are obstinate enough and stupid enough you get the shaft. Sorry kid. Furthermore, the Supreme Court ruled:
In essence, under the Constitution public schools are entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy. Diversity is a hallmark of our nation. It is increasingly evident that our diversity includes differences in sexual orientation. Our nation’s history includes a fundamental commitment to promoting mutual respect among citizens in our diverse nation that is manifest in the First Amendment’s prohibitions on establishing an official religion and restricting the free exercise of religious beliefs on which plaintiffs base some of their federal claims. Our history also includes instances of individual and official discrimination against gays and lesbians, among others. It is reasonable for public educators to each elementary school students about individuals with different sexual orientations and about various forms of families, including those with same-sex parents, in an effort to eradicate the effects of past discrimination, to reduce the risk of future discrimination and, in the process, to reaffirm our nation’s constitutional commitment to promoting mutual respect among members of our diverse society. In addition, it is reasonable for those educators to find that teaching young children to understand and respect differences in sexual orientation will contribute to an academic environment in which students who are gay, lesbian, or the children of same-sex parents will be comfortable and, therefore, better able to learn.
Case 1:06-cv-10751-MLW Document 36 Filed 02/23/2007 Page 4 of 38
Besides circumcision there are the other medical exemptions that are carved out for Jehovah’s Witnesses (12 million) and the Christian Scientists (estimated at 194,000 in 2001 but there is little confidence in the true number) on strictly free exercise of religion grounds. Many of these children suffer and die (statistics are difficult to locate). Do we have a constitutional form of government or a Christian theocracy? If we are a theocracy then we had better start following the Koran and all the other religious texts if we want to be fair. We are either neutral or we are not. Favoring Christian or Jewish bible texts doesn’t look neutral to me.
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The origin of Christian fascism
Interacting with fundamentalist Christian parents we start to see patterns in their responses. Eventually the light dawns that these people hate democracy, are racists, and misogynists. And those are their good qualities. Here are some answers to why you will never get through to them.
Answer number one is they do not believe in dialog, they see no point because they hold the ultimate truth. Answer number two, they hate you. Here, lifted from the Yurica Report is a crucial part of the back story.
The father of neo-conservatism had many “spiritual” children at the University of Chicago, among them: Paul Wolfowitz and Abram Shulsky, who received their doctorates under Strauss in 1972. Harry V. Jaffa was a student of Strauss and has an important connection to Dominionists like Pat Robertson as we shall see below. However, Strauss’s family of influence extended beyond his students to include faculty members in universities, and the people his students taught. Those prominent neo-conservatives who are most notable are: Justice Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, Irving Kristol and his son William Kristol, Alan Keyes, William J. Bennett, J. Danforth Quayle, Allan Bloom, John Podhoertz, John T. Agresto, John Ashcroft, Newt Gingrich, Gary Bauer, Michael Ledeen and scores of others, many of whom hold important positions in George W. Bush’s White House and Defense Department.
To understand the Straussian infusion of power that transformed an all but dead conservative realm, think of Nietzsche’s Overman come to life. Or better yet, think of the philosophy most unlike Christianity: Think of pure unmitigated evil. Strauss admits that Machiavelli is an evil man. But according to Strauss, this admission is a prerequisite to studying and reading Machiavelli: the acknowledgement is the safety net that keeps the reader from being corrupted. One is tempted to talk back to Strauss and point out an alternative: the admission could be the subterfuge that keeps a man from being ridiculed and rejected for espousing Machiavellian methods.
In one of the most important books for our times, Shadia Drury’s Leo Strauss and the American Right, undertakes to explain the ideas behind Strauss’s huge influence and following. Strauss’s reputation, according to Drury, rests in large part on his view that “a real philosopher must communicate quietly, subtly, and secretly to the few who are fit to receive his message.” Strauss claims secrecy is necessary to avoid “persecution.”
In reading Strauss, one sometimes encounters coded contradictory ideas. For example, Strauss appears to respect Machiavelli because—as he points out—in contrast to other evil men, Machiavelli openly proclaimed opinions that others only secretly expressed behind closed doors. But we have just noted that Strauss teaches that secrecy is essential to the real philosopher. Strauss concluded, some would say that Machiavelli was after all, a patriot of sorts for he loved Italy more than he loved his own soul. Then Strauss warns, but if you call him a patriot, you “merely obscure something truly evil.” So Strauss dances his way through the Machiavellian field of evil, his steps choreographed with duplicity and it’s opposite. The reader cannot let go.
In Strauss’s view, Machiavelli sees that Christianity “has led the world into weakness,” which can only be offset by returning the world to the ancient practices of the past. (Implied is not a return to the pagan past, but rather a return to the more virulent world of the Old Testament). Strauss laments, “Machiavelli needed …a detailed discussion revealing the harmony between his political teaching and the teaching of the Bible.” These statements of Strauss, by themselves, were sufficient to send neo-conservative Christians to search for correlations between Machiavellianism, radical conservatism and the scriptures.
Strauss’s teaching incorporated much of Machiavelli’s. Significantly, his philosophy is unfriendly to democracy—even antagonistic. At the same time Strauss upheld the necessity for a national religion not because he favored religious practices, but because religion in his view is necessary in order to control the population. Since neo-conservatives influenced by Strauss are in control of the Bush administration, I have prepared a brief list that shows the radical unchristian basis of neo-conservatism. I am indebted to Shadia Drury’s book (Leo Strauss and the American Right) and published interviews for the following:
First: Strauss believed that a leader had to perpetually deceive the citizens he ruled.
Secondly: Those who lead must understand there is no morality, there is only the right of the superior to rule the inferior.
Thirdly: According to Drury, Religion “is the glue that holds society together.” It is a handle by which the ruler can manipulate the masses. Any religion will do. Strauss is indifferent to them all.
Fourthly: “Secular society…is the worst possible thing,” because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism, all of which encourage dissent and rebellion. As Drury sums it up: “You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty.”
Fifthly: “Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat; and following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists, then one has to be manufactured.”
Sixthly: “In Strauss’s view, the trouble with liberal society is that it dispenses with noble lies and pious frauds. It tries to found society on secular rational foundations.”
Strauss’s Student, Harry Jaffa on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson
For four days in 1986, from July first through the fourth of July, Pat Robertson interviewed neo-conservative Dr. Harry Jaffa, a former student of Leo Strauss, on the 700 Club show. The topic was the importance of the Declaration of Independence. Joining with Jaffa was Robertson’s own man, Herb Titus, the Dean of CBN’s School of Public Policy. This series of interviews was one of the most important philosophical moments in the development of the political agenda and political philosophy of the Dominionists.
Robertson found in Harry Jaffa, the champion he needed, whose reasoning would influence how the Constitution should be interpreted by conservatives and would provide a “Christian” view of the establishment of the United States that excluded the secular social contract view. Harry Jaffa would influence both Clarence Thomas (who would be appointed to the Supreme Court by President George Bush senior in 1991) and Antonin Scalia (who would be appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan on September 26, 1986).