Sunday, November 06, 2011

Republicans to Strike Religious Exemption From Anti-Bullying Bill

All it took was some national publicity.

House Republicans are likely to nix a controversial religious exemption from their version of anti-bullying legislation when they take it up next week, according to a top aide.

Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, tells News 10, "It's safe to say there's not much support in the House for the legislation as it's written."

There was a public outcry, including a scathing rebuke from State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, after Senate Republicans passed a bill this past week stating schools' anti-bullying policies can't "prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction."

Democrats and education officials worried that would essentially create a "license to bully" situation in which students could bully another, then claim they did so for moral or religious reasons.

This story is written as "likely to" - but if they don't strike it, expect the outrage to grow even bigger than it is now.

Somewhere Gary Glenn is writing a scathing press release...

More: Nearing 125,000 views on the Whitmer video now.