Doug Levesque Interviewed by WKAR Radio on Michigan Board of Education LGBTQ Guidelines

Bible Nation Society founder Dr. Douglas Levesque was interviewed by WKAR Radio in East Lansing prior to the State Board of Education’s vote on the proposed LGBTQ guidelines for public school in the State of Michigan. On Wednesday, the board voted in favor of the guidelines 6-2. Dr. Levesque’s interview followed the interview of Nathan Triplett, the former mayor of East Lansing now the policy and political action director for the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Michigan. Dr. Levesque is a Christian, Conservative, and Independent candidate for the State Board of Education, learn more at ElectLevesque.com

The approved guidelines urge schools to adopt the following policies:

—carefully consider on a case by case basis whether to inform parents that their child is transgender if that child hasn’t come out to the parents.

—make “reasonable and good faith” efforts to address transgender students by their chosen names and the corresponding pronoun when asked by the student or parents.

—give transgender students access to bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities in accordance with each student’s gender identity. Any student, regardless of the reason, should have access to a unisex or single-user bathroom. A student who wants more privacy could request an adjusted changing scheduled or the use of a private area such as a nurse’s office or gym teacher’s office.

—let transgender students participate in physical education classes and intramural sports in accordance with their gender identity. The same rule “generally” should apply to interscholastic sports, but eligibility is determined by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Interview from WKAR.org

Pure Michigan…Everywhere Except the Classroom

– By Doug Levesque, Independent Candidate for State School Board – 

If only the Michigan state school board could come up with a policy as keen, insightful and successful as the tourism board.  Michigan’s waterways, forests and heritage are indeed,  “pure” assets and are touted to the nation as such, but our schools, education policies, and graduation rates are not so pure.  In fact, this year we have made national headlines for our homo-erotic policy proposals for gender confused kids.  It is as though the state school board and their intrepid LGBTQ pioneer Dr. John Austin are willing to sacrifice what little good is left to foster the hope that our public school classrooms could usher in a new utopia where homosexuality is normal, and gender confusion is popular.  

While these issues need to be addressed, the school board proposed guidelines that would keep parents in the dark when their children came forward as confused about their sexuality or gender identity.  Private counseling was to be offered as well as teacher gender neutral pronoun identifiers.  Normal or non-confused students were to be subjected to boys in the girl’s locker rooms and vice versa.  All students and school employees were to be steeped in LGBTQ rhetoric and encouraged to accept what they might otherwise deem unacceptable.  When these proposals were leaked the board “offered” a limited and measured dialogue.  This dialogue was overwhelmingly against the proposals.

Now the board has finished “deliberating” their findings, and will vote on September 14 on “revised” recommendations.  Dr. Austin, a two term school board veteran and third term candidate, is now saying, “of course we want parents involved in making decisions,” but with the stipulation of, “on a case by case basis” according to the Detroit Daily News.  That is the only real revision, which is simply a proviso offered because they were caught in their perverted notions of “child protection”.   These provisions are heinous to regular students and confused ones too.  They turn the classroom into a recruitment center for LGBTQ thoughts and designs.  Not so pure, Michigan, not so pure at all.

In the name of child protection and a pure education system let’s reject the current “guidance memo” for what it is . . .pure trash.

Liberty Extends to Education

The current state of educational liberty in Michigan and the United States can be stated thusly:

“The state should mandate education for all children from three years of age until high school graduation. Every child should go to a government approved school, learn government approved curriculum from government approved teachers. There should be no religious curriculum taught except secular humanism which states that government is the supreme authority, and humanity is doomed. Everything is to be tolerated except what the government deems hateful and not tolerable. This education is to be at least fifty percent of all tax revenues, but shall be free to everyone participating. The goal is to create a utopian adulthood that will espouse peace and be of one opinion regarding everything. Parents are to yield to these educational guidelines. Students are to behave accordingly. Government schools should be without racism, sexism, ageism, and hate. Of course, urban schools may flounder because everyone expects their sub- standard achievement. In fact, more money should be sent to these urban poor so as not to appear bias. Anyone may identify as anything they want. Any gender is acceptable. Sexual freedom will be highlighted as normal. The new international student will be without bias, gender, spirituality or race. Nothing shall be deemed as sinful or wrong so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Upon graduation a student will earn the right to a free college education. Of course, graduation will be based upon successfully navigating the godless, government compliant, and gay approved halls of the genderless, free, and Sharia- friendly school assigned to the student. By this form of education we will transform a generation.”

This vision is the normal operating procedure for most public schools today. Of course, it is absurd, but is it not increasingly the reality? While there are plenty of liberty minded teachers, administrators and local school board members, this is the cloud overwhelmingly over their head. They aspire to survive the system. They try to subtly change it in small ways. Occasionally, a rare voice speaks to the real tyranny of the current educational system we have created. That voice is too often shamed, marginalized and even silenced. The truth is that this radical view of education has failed everywhere but is still funded by everyone. It is a supreme bully.
Real liberty recognizes myriad forms of learning and training. Real liberty values family and its religious or cultural distinction. Real liberty allows spiritual training and learning from the Bible. If historical and American liberty has worked for government, business and higher education, then it should be trusted for local elementary and secondary education as well. Localities get a say and so do individual families. Private schools should have complete freedom. Parents should have complete responsibility. Localities should have complete logistical control. Public schools should have complete freedom from Washington mandates and UNESCO’s utopianism. The student should have complete freedom from leftist, Muslim, and LGBTQ designs on social engineering.
Liberty should extend into the classroom. It is having a hard time getting past the Michigan Board of Education. That has to change.

Parental Rights vs. State Responsibility

– By Dr. Douglas Levesque – 

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”  I Timothy 5:8.  The Bible is clear that a Father has both responsibility and authority over his children.  He must provide them with sustenance, spiritual leadership and protection.  The mother, likewise, clothes her kids with both wool and wisdom.  Nothing can take the place of a fully intact, properly functioning parent.  On the other hand, government sometimes has to pick up the pieces of a broken family.  They provide welfare, custody court, and sometimes foster care.  If a child is in danger from his own parents, then the state steps in to remove the child from the disaster.  This is a tenuous responsibility for the state and is an arm of authority that must only be used in the most extreme of cases.  Who has the ultimate right over a child?

The modern policy proposals that would enable public schools to shield the parents from a child’s sexual identity or confusion is an abuse of this power.  Just as the state sets the rules of driving to include training and sets the minimum age of operation at 16 years of age, parents are often the ones that allow the student to pursue this liberty or not.  Some parents prefer to have the kids wait until they are 18 years of age.  Both the state and the parent are acting in concert in this scenario.  If a child comes to a teacher or counselor with an issue of sexuality or identity, the school should immediately contact the parent.  If the age of sexual consent is 16, then no state authority should be discussing sexuality with a child younger than that.  Parents should have both the right and the responsibility to decide how to train their children in matters of morality and sexuality.

The Constitution Party’s 2016 Presidential Candidate Darrell Castle has said, “It is the nature of the state to seek dominance over the population.  Freedom will not ultimately remain intact if we leave it unattended.”  One does not have to look only at modernity to find the contest between parent and state.  Spartan culture took young boys away from their mothers at age 10 to train them in war and other mayhems.  Roman authorities took the children of the conquered as assurance against further uprisings of foreign tribes.  The Hasmonean King Herod commanded the death of innocent children to insure himself a future throne, as did the Egyptian Pharaoh.  This ancient problem continues today.  Where is wisdom?  Who has the ultimate right over a child?

The danger of public schools acting as agents of the state is evident in the writing of the former president of Hillsdale College George Charles Roche III:

“Education in America has become a reflection of the insistence that education be a function of government, cost free to participating students, fully financed at taxpayer expense.  What originated as local schooling supported by taxation in the immediate community (and therefore somewhat responsive to local and parental wishes) has inexorably moved toward bureaucratic bigness – the fate of all publicly funded projects.”

We must stand against the tide of allowing the state to be the authority over the child and furthermore we must reject the idea that the local public school is an agent of the state in all matters of parental rights.

Perhaps wise King Solomon could help us in this dilemma.  Remember, two women had children, yet one somehow rolled over in her sleep and smothered her child to death.  She then swapped the babies, a live one for a deceased one.  Of course, the mother of the living baby awoke to discover the truth.  This was not her deceased child, and the other woman now had her living child.  They went to Solomon as judge and he wisely said “take a sword and cut the child in half”, all the while knowing the true mother would respond as she did.  The impostor woman said “go ahead”.  The true mother cried, “let the child live” albeit with the impostor.  Solomon gave the baby to the real mother and the world marveled at his wisdom.

The lesson is clear.  The birth parents have ultimate love, authority and right to the child.  Solomon would never have killed the child, and he did not take the child away from its mother.  He did not ask the mother if she was loyal to him, or a set of state inspired rules.  He simply divined who was the real mom.  I wish our state officials would be so wise.  The audacity of hiding confused children’s sexual identity from parents smacks of an ulterior motive.  Perhaps they desire a soft recruitment toward homosexuality, or simply the greater acceptance of transgender-ism as normal?  That is called social engineering through the public education system and is a poison.  Dr. John Austin is running for a third term and has acted as the chief engineer in this Herodian catastrophe in Michigan education.

The current board of education is a danger to society at large and children in particular.  It is time for new advisers.  John Austin must go. Protect your rights as parents by electing a Christian and a conservative to the board.

Michigan School Funding Follies

Detroit children’s lives matter.  Apparently, 46,000 students are getting emergency funding to the tune of 617,000,000 dollars.  That’s $617 million, folks!  I just wanted you to see the zeros involved.  Every student will get over $13,000 in school funding from the state of Michigan.  That does not count any federal, local or independent funds.  Detroit students will be the most funded public school students in the nation.  This is not a caring measure . . . it is a political one.  It is aimed to cover the Democrats and Republicans follies in education by whitewashing the district in money.  They are making it rain in Detroit!  

This is not the first funding folly for Michigan education policy.  For seven years the Detroit district has had a measure of state control, yet that did not stop corruption and scandal from Detroit school principals.  Perhaps they are used to the endless pipeline of money, fueled and supported by the unions and the progressive rhetoric coming out of Lansing.  Perhaps they think they are due, or that they are entitled.  Cliché, I know, but what else could the problem be?  Now the state wants to declare a bankruptcy, create a shadow district to hold the indebtedness, and tax the citizenry to cover for financial bedlam in the district.  

Sounds like an Abbot and Costello routine.  “Who gets paid first?”

“When?”

“No, he gets paid second.’

This is insane financial policy in order to finance insane education policy.  Michigan is second to last in black student high school graduation rates, and we throw more money into the grinder.  This is not fair to the citizens of Michigan, other public or private school students, and least of all the Detroit students and families.  It is hush money to the highest degree.  Detroit families, it is time to throw off the yoke of Democratic and Republican nonsense and take your city’s schools off the treadmill of politically correct slavery.

The Michigan Education Association is now paying for advertising on WJR radio to ask parents to talk to their students about academics.  Where do they get the money to do that?   They are getting it from teacher’s paychecks and thusly, from Lansing’s coffers.  This means the taxpayer is now paying for radio ads too.  This is not entirely the Governor’s fault, but he is pushing the problem down the road.  Funding is not the problem.  Out of a proposed budget of 38 billion dollars, 17 billion is going to education.  The Citizens of Michigan are generous to their schools and always have been.  Today’s funding percentages are not fixing the decades of problems caused by social engineering in schools.  Almost half of Michigan tax revenues go to schools.  This is a political rout.  This money is not educating, it is indoctrinating.  

Detroit teachers and unions are decrying, ‘It is not enough!”  Mind you, this emergency funding is above and beyond regular funding.  Feeding this monster is killing Michigan’s future.  The funding folly has to stop at some point.  Let the upside down pyramid fall on the head of it’s creators.  Michigan funding, spending and responsibility for education should be local, local, local.  Detroit is not asking for a little hand out in meager times.  It is sucking Michigan dry to pay for its addiction to political indoctrination.   The utopian society template is failing us.  Replace the leadership, the vision, the fiscal policy, and the ultimate responsibility of taxing and spending.  Something has got to give.

Cost analysis is working in other states.  Targeted spending is a proper discipline.  

Restrict unions.  They are more dangerous to schools than automatic weapons.

Localize both spending and responsibility with the funds.  Function with a surplus not a deficit.

Cut taxes.  Stop the bleeding.  Michigan citizen’s generosity cannot overcome their sensibility.  We are being robbed.

Virtue . . . Christian virtue knows how to fix problems, be compassionate, act responsibly, and endure hard times with goodwill.  When we remove virtue, we get folly, and it is expensive.