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How Do You Get a 100% Rating from the Far-Far-Far Right "Family Foundation?"

by: lowkell

Mon May 13, 2013 at 14:22:56 PM EDT


The far-far-far-right Family Foundation of Virginia claims - like many groups of its ilk - to be all about "strengthen[ing] families."  But based on its new scorecard of Virginia legislators, you can see what they REALLY care about. So, how do you get a 100% score from the Family Foundation of Virginia? You vote:

*YES on tax credits for "school choice"
*NO on the nomination of Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, purportedly because he opposed Virginia's anti-gay-marriage amendment, but in reality because he's gay.
*NO on adding sexual orientation to Virginia's non-discrimination hiring policy
*YES to allow homeschool children to participate in public school sports programs.
*YES on demolishing the wall between church and state by allowing for sectarian prayers at any public government meeting.
*NO on any state funding for Planned Parenthood.
*NO on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

There's plenty more, which you can see here. Note that almost none of this has anything to do with actually strengthening families, for instance helping parents and their kids get jobs, healthcare, a high-quality education, etc. Instead, it's mostly highly divisive stuff that's pretty much straight out of Pat Robertson's and Ken Cuccinelli's "social conservative" (e.g., anti-gay, anti-women's-right-to-choose) agenda.

So, which legislators scored the highest (aka, the most far right) on this scorecard, and which scored the lowest (the most progressive)? Frighteningly, the two Republican candidates for Attorney General, Mark Obenshain and Rob Bell, both received 100% scores from this extreme organization. They were joined at 100% by people you'd expect to be there: Sen. Dick Black, Sen. Steve Martin (a GOP candidate for LG this year), Del. Scott Lingfamfelter (ditto), Del. David Ramadan (this guy actually represents an Obama district, believe it or not!), etc. No Democrats, of course.

As for the lowest scores (aka, the people who are actually most pro-family)? They're all Democrats, of course: ZERO ratings to Delegates Surovell, Hope, Kory and Brink (thank you to all four!); 5% ratings to Delegates Lopez, McClellan, McQuinn and Toscano (also excellent - thank you!); 10% ratings to Delegates Hester, Krupicka, and Sickles; 11% ratings to Delegates BaCote, Filler-Corn and Herring, as well as Senator Locke; 12% ratings to Senator Puller and Delegate Jeion Ward. Nice job by all the Delegates and Senators who scored at the rock bottom of this hateful group's scorecard, and keep up the great work!

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I'm curious (0.00 / 0)
What is the rationale for opposing allowing home-schooled children participate in public school sports programs?

The following quotes (0.00 / 0)
are a couple good countearguments:
Dels. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), for instance, both voted against bill.

"The public school system is not an a la carte menu that you can pick and choose what you want to participate in," McClellan said. She said the "Tebow bill" raises a "matter of fairness."

Toscano agreed.

"One worry is that you would have a situation where a youngster in a public school was denied to participate because a home-schooler took their spot," he said."


Also see here:
Blevins, a former high school teacher, principal and coach with 50 years experience in education, said it is a question of fairness - that public school students must adhere to rules regarding participation and eligibility that do not necessarily apply to homeschooled students.

"You could be the greatest football player on the team but if you do not show up Friday, you don't get to play," Blevins said. "This changes all that. ... I think a lot of parents don't think this is something that would be fair to the kids that have gone through the system that they have to go through, and I agree with them."

[...]

"I just want these kids to have a chance to play," said Los Angeles Dodgers baseball prospect Josh Henderson from Suffolk, who was homeschooled. Henderson's parents also spoke in favor of the bill, prompting a response from Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax.

"You knew the ground rules when you opted to homeschool your kids and that's the choice, and that is your choice to make," he said. Henderson's father, Steve, responded that he pays taxes that support public schools.

"You paid your taxes that also purchase an F-22 fighter, but that doesn't give you the right to fly it," Saslaw said.



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Note that Blevins is a Republican (0.00 / 0)
n/t

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By the way... (0.00 / 0)
...if you were really "curious" you could have used Google as easily as I did.

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If I'm looking for Democratic opposition (0.00 / 0)
I figure the best way to find out is to ask a Democrat. Last thing I'd want is for your position to be misrepresented.  

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Productive, constructive (4.00 / 1)
responses are sincerely appreciated by all who participate here at BV, but I haven't seen that type of interaction from you.   Do you just drop by occasionally in an attempt to irritate those whose opinions you don't want to misrepresent?

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Yes, he's a troll who wanders by occasionally (0.00 / 0)
and pretends to be: a) an "independent" (yeah right!); and b) sincerely curious as opposed to a concern troll or whatever. The only reason I respond at all is to provide information to other readers, if they're curious.

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No. (0.00 / 0)
I have, at times, attempted to start a dialogue. However, when every single post I make is ignored or dismissed by Lowell as being a "troll", I soon realized that anything less than 100% agreement isn't welcome here, so I stopped.

However, I keep my account open when I have legitimate questions, such as the one I asked here. I don't know much about the so-called "Tebow Bill", but it makes sense to me on its surface, since homeschool parents still pay taxes to support public schools. I wanted to know the reasons why others (not necessarily just Democrats) opposed it, so I thought I should just ask.

If asking a simple question seeking information is irritating, then I apologize, I guess.  


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Very simple (4.00 / 1)
Home school kids are not part of the public school system.  If they were allowed to participate just because they pay taxes, then private school kids should be allowed as well. High school dropouts should be eligible, because their parents pay taxes.  If a kid who attends a neighboring high school gets cut from the varsity team, then maybe he or she can pick another high school and try out for their team.  Public school free agency.

To keep the discussion on home school kids, one major issue is eligibility.  A kid in school can miss a day of school and not be eligible to play in a game or practice that day.  If their grades aren't up to snuff, they can be ineligible.  With home school kids, things like attendance and grades don't exist.  


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It wasn't the question (4.00 / 1)
It was the attitude I "heard" in your response to Lowell's post...the one about misrepresenting a Democratic position.

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I pay taxes for police cars too! (4.00 / 1)
Ugh, the I pay taxes argument is so stale...you choose to homeschool your kids , but they are more than welcome to sign up for local club or travel sports teams...bottom line is student athletes have to ATTEND SCHOOL REGULARLY, meet grade requirements, as well as complete mandatory service hours to participate in sports. Student athletes must also have regular physicals and have all current immunizations, something which the homeskoolers like to opt out of.
Additionally how fair is it that school students have to get up at 6 am, start classes at 7 am , then compete or practice after school, just so the homeschoolers can sleep in, log two hours on the computer , and show up for a game.

Once you make the decision to pull your kids out (0.00 / 0)
of the public school system, it seems to me that you've decided it on every level, including sports teams, the orchestra and band, school plays, etc, etc.. Those are all for students IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. This isn't a difficult concept. Alternatives for home schoolers? How about forming their own clubs or whatever?  Again, though, it's really not the public schools' problem, as these students and their parents have CHOSEN to pull themselves out of the public schools. It's a choice they've made, with full knowledge of the consequences. Next subject.

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Or you could simply say (0.00 / 0)
If the home school parents don't want their precious spawn rubbing elbows with the unwashed, ungodly offspring of their inferiors during the school day, why subject their little emperors to it for athletics?

Obviously, I have a very dim view of home schooling.  But, in honesty, the parents choose to do it to their kids.  They can't have it both ways.

Look on the bright side, when they "graduate", they can all go to Patrick Henry College and hang out together.


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Or maybe Liberty or Regent? (0.00 / 0)
Don't leave out those fine institutions of "higher" "learning" (using both words VERY loosely).

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Nah (0.00 / 0)
Patrick Henry is the only madras I'm aware of that caters exclusively to the home school set.  It's the gold standard in whackadoodle "education".

Again, seriously, not all home schooling is done for religious reasons, but it's a very high majority.  As long as it remains largely  a separatist movement by fundamentalists, the parents need to understand that it's a hypocritical stick in the eye to a lot of people. To demand that they get to pick and chose parts of the public school life to participate shows the disdain they have for public education.


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The Family Foundation of Virginia....... (0.00 / 0)
is nothing but a bunch of freak shows.  Honestly, who cares what they think and who cares if a Dem in the legislature gets a 0 or a 10 from them.  I can't believe all this space was used up even talking about them.  

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