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|Anti-gay Shorter University teacher and Ga. state rep joins 'personhood' movement|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:48|
The "personhood" movement is coming to Georgia and is, no surprise, being led by a Georgia state lawmaker who is also anti-gay.
Jim Galloway of the AJC is reporting that there are plans for two state lawmakers to introduce a "personhood" resolution, part of a national movement that states life begins at fertilization.
And who would be one of the lawmakers wanting to introduce the legislation? Galloway points out that one sponsor is Democrat Rick Crawford of Cedartown. Just so happens Crawford, who took office in 2007, is also a political science teacher at Shorter University. Yes, that Shorter University that recently mandated its employees sign a "Personality Lifestyle Statement" which includes this gem:
"I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery and homosexuality."
The statement, in keeping with the university's Southern Baptist roots, has employees worried about witch hunts against them and garnered enough opposition to attract more than a hundred people to a recent protest.
The statement also prohibits employees from imbibing in public and in front of students. And there's no nipping at the bottle at least six hours before attending a university event, as well.
According to Georgia House, a personhood resolution, HR5, was introduced into the state legislature in 2009 and states:
A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency; to provide that certain powers are not limited by this amendment; to provide for submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.
And while Mississippi voters last week rejected a "personhood" bill, this kind of legislation is part of a national movement by anti-choice organizations and lawmakers as a way to essentially eliminate abortions.
Georgia's anti-gay fave U.S. Rep. Paul Broun — who introduced in 2009 a federal anti-gay marriage bill, aka the "Marriage Protection Amendment," has this year re-introduced the "Sanctity of Human Life Act (Personhood Bill) as well. Clever names, Mr. Broun.
And hey, you guys, thanks for tackling issues like employment, education and transportation that impact all of us. Oh, wait.
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