Indiana Bureaucrats Bow to the gods of Political Correctness
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has once again proved that he is nobody’s puppet or doormat. In a move that surely sent shock waves through dozens of cubicles in the state office building, AG Hill put the brakes on a politically correct effort to sneak through the creation of transgender or genderless driver’s licenses in Indiana.
In a major story that broke on Monday, Hill refused to sign off on a procedural matter that I’d suggest most political leaders in his position would have viewed as a mere formality. Hill refused go along with a new rule proposed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to allow “Gender X” on Indiana’s driver licenses citing a lack of public input on the matter. (This will surely cause his office to be the target of a lot of hate by the far left.)
Sources had told me that the BMV wanted this to go into effect without a lot of controversy. They wanted it to be a done deal behind the scenes by the time the public found out about the formal change. You may want to call the BMV state office at 888-692-6841 and politely let them know that this is bad policy. (You can also email the BMV here: https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Contact.aspx)
There is a good, well-balanced, news story about this written by Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette reporter Niki Kelly. You can read it here: https://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20190908/bmv-gender-rule-hits-roadblock
Here is one of my quotes from her article:
The entire discussion hasn’t sat well among socially conservative groups and lawmakers who believe a person should be required to keep the gender assigned at birth on official state documents.
“I think a person can appear as they choose, and freely live that lifestyle, but we need their true biological identity from birth on a driver’s license if that document is to have any credibility,” said Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana.
“Otherwise, why can’t I claim the weight, height and eye color I’ve always wanted? What if a person floats between genders and may appear male one month or female another? I think their official ID should reveal their true biology from birth, not their mental beliefs.”
Another Study Finds Homosexuality is not Linked to Genes
A massive new study conducted by Harvard and MIT scientists refutes the commonly held idea that homosexuals are “born that way.” The study involved nearly half a million people in the US and UK. Published in Science, the journal for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this is the largest study ever conducted on the subject.
An international team of scientists examined data from 477,522 people to see whether genetic markers in DNA could be linked to sexual behavior. The researchers conducted a “genome-wide association study” involving anonymous subjects based upon responses to questions about sexual behaviors, sexual attraction, and sexual identity.
Andrea Ganna, the head of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Finland and an instructor at Harvard was the study’s lead author. She concluded, “There is no gay gene that determines whether a person has same-sex partners.”
David Curtis, honorary professor at the UCL Genetics Institute at the University College in London, said, “This study clearly shows that there is no such thing as a ‘gay gene.’ There is no genetic variant in the population which has any substantial effect on sexual orientation.”
Another team member, Ben Neale, an associate professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital said, “There is no single gay gene . . . It’s effectively impossible to predict an individual’s sexual behavior from their genome.”
The study concluded that homosexual behavior is more strongly linked to outside environmental factors such as family life, friends, beliefs, and childhood development.
Two New Reports on Indiana School Performance
Only 37% of Indiana’s students in grades 3-through-8 have passed the new statewide I-LEARN test’s math and English sections. The I-LEARN test is the replacement for the I-STEP test given to Indiana public school students for more than two decades. In the last year of the I-STEP nearly 60% of students passed the math section and nearly two-thirds passed the English section.
Many state education leaders had warned that test scores would likely drop with the transition to a new test, though I’d bet that many were surprised at such a large decline.
I served on the Governor’s Education Roundtable under Governors O’Bannon and Kernan, and on an I-Step review panel years ago. I believe that it is possible that there might be some problems with this new test. If so, those problems will rise up through feedback from teachers and other testing and academic leaders.
Governor Holcomb and the Superintendent of Public Instruction have stated that these new test results will not be used to grade schools this year.
Perhaps a better overview came this week from one of the nation’s foremost school publications Education Week. A national ranking called “Quality Counts 2019” is this publication’s 23rdannual ranking of state education systems.
The report looked at nearly two-dozen factors such as kindergarten enrollment, 4th grade reading tests, 8th grade math tests, high school graduation rates, school funding, parental employment and income.
Indiana ranked 22nd among the 50 states and DC. Indiana schools were given a C grade. No state received above a B+ grade. Forty-four states had a C or lower.
Education Week’s annual report card has been static for years. They bemoan the overall difficulty of improving schools in their report. Indiana looks fairly similar in most categories to the national average. (Our 4th and 8th grade tests are actually higher than the national average at 40.7 vs 35.4 in 4thgrade reading and 37.8 vs 33.4 in 8th grade mathematics.)
In Their Own Words:
“Without a firm moral foundation, freedom degenerates quickly into anarchy. Then there will be freedom only for those who are stronger and more unscrupulous than the rank and file of the people.” – President Harry Truman, April 3, 1951
Just the Facts:
AFA-IN Fact Sheet: Are People Born Gay?
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