State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow charter schools to discriminate against kids who are gay, who don't speak perfect English, and others. That's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

Apparently some people who call themselves 'Christians' think it's okay to discriminate against kids are gay. Same for kids who don't speak perfect English or who aren't good athletes, among other reasons.

I'm not making this up, folks.

Senate Bill 217 by state Sen. A.G. Crowe of Slidell would allow charter schools to refuse admission to students for any of those, or other reasons. Crowe says those protections are not covered by state law, so state contracts should include them.

This reminds me of a time when state law also did not protect black people. State lawmakers back then tried the same thing that Senator Crowe is trying now to use discriminatory state laws as an excuse for violating federal laws.

It didn't work then, and it won't work now.

This is not just about gay people. Last I checked, none of us spoke perfect English until we went to school. Letting schools discriminate against kids who don't speak English, well, only makes that problem worse.

Crowe's bill is supported by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Conference of Catholic Bishops and Louisiana Family Forum. The head of Family Forum, who is normally a big fan of Gov. Bobby Jindal, says he wants to send a message to the governor.

I've got two thoughts on this bill.

First, I'd like to remind all those good Christians that this is Holy Week the time of year we're all supposed to be thinking about how we can be more like Jesus. You remember Jesus the guy who showed compassion for outcasts? Yeah, that guy.

Second, I, too, would like to know where the governor stands on this bill. But before he takes a stand, I'd like to remind Governor Jindal that, if his parents had come to America from their native India 25 years earlier than they did, his father could not have attended LSU. And young Bobby Jindal would not have graduated from Baton Rouge Magnet High School because he and his parents would not have been considered 'white.'

So, governor, where do you stand on Louisiana's latest pro-segregation bill?


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