Culture Issues - Gwinnett GOP
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A Year of Awakening<p style="text-align: center;"><span><strong class="x-el x-el-span c1-2b c1-2c c1-b c1-9l c1-3x c1-4z c1-9m">By Bob Christensen</strong></span></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><span>Gwinnett County GOP Communications Committee Chair</span></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><span>Every once in a while, if you’re observant, someone in America stands tall and shouts “The Emperor has no clothes!” This person speaks of an awakening to reality as if just emerging from a bad dream. However, unlike the fable, citizens ignore them, and the media drowns them out, preferring to live in their unreal utopian dream world.</span></p>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:26:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/a_year_of_awakening
Freedom of Religion<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">Republicans support the right to Freedom of Religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Uni</h4>
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<p><span>The First Amendment states </span></p>
<p><span>“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:23:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/freedom_of_religion
Freedom of the Press/Censorship<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">Republicans support the right to Freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Un</h4>
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<p><span> The First Amendment states </span></p>
<p><span>“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”</span></p>
<p><span>It means that the government may not censor the press. The founders acknowledged the critical role the press had, at the time, of keeping citizens informed about the actions of government and government officials. </span></p>
<p><span>It provided a check on the abuse of power. </span></p>
<p><span>Why is this an issue in 2021?</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:22:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/freedom_of_the_press_censorship
Freedom of Speech<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">Republicans support the right to Freedom of Speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Unite</h4>
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<p><span> The First Amendment states </span></p>
<p><span>“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”</span></p>
<p><span>It means individuals and entities (e.g. corporations, non-profit organizations) may freely express opinions without censorship or interference by the government. </span></p>
<p><span>The Supreme Court has recognized several categories of speech that are not protected including obscenity, fraud, child pornography and speech that incites imminent lawless action. </span></p>
<p><span>Why is this an issue in 2021?</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:21:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/freedom_of_speech
Comprehensive Sex Education<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">The Gwinnett GOP Opposes the Introduction of CSE Into Gwinnett Schools</h4>
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<p><span>The GOP opposes the introduction of Comprehensive Sex Education in Gwinnett schools. The current instruction on sex education has been very effective. We see no need to change it to support a radical sex agenda. </span></p>
<p><span>This topic is a note of caution for parents. We are not aware of any initiative at this time to introduce CSE into GCPS.</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:20:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/comprehensive_sex_education
Action Civics<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">We object to the introduction of what has been called Action Civics in Gwinnett schools</h4>
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<p><span>The idea sounds good, and even some Republicans support it. They even sponsored a bill in Congress to promote it. </span></p>
<p><span><strong class="x-el x-el-span c1-2b c1-2c c1-b c1-9k c1-3x c1-4z c1-9l">What is Action Civics?</strong></span></p>
<p><span>Action civics is not necessarily a curriculum but more a style of learning. </span></p>
<p><span>Everyone kind of agrees that young people, even college educated people, are poorly educated in civics (civics being the study of how our government works). To solve that problem, action civics proposes to learn by doing – instructors lead students to get involved in politics, to take a stand on something and promote it. </span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:18:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/action_civics
History and the 1619 Project<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">What is the 1619 Project and why does the Gwinnett GOP oppose it?</h4>
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<p><span> </span><span>Nikole Hannah-Jones published the flagship article defining the 1619 project in August, 2019, in the New York Times Magazine. She was a staff writer for the magazine, not an historian. She argues that America’s true founding should be traced from 1619, the year slaves were first brought to Virginia, instead of 1776. She writes as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper; she describes the horrors of the Jim Crow south, of her father’s service in the Army, of her personal struggles to understand and accept her father’s patriotism. She writes of the contributions of Blacks to America, to American Freedom. She notes Jefferson, and other Founder’s, hypocrisy in writing that “all men are created equal” while continuing the practice of slavery.</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:16:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/history_and_the_1619_project
Equity or Equality?<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">Which is Better for Gwinnett?</h4>
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<p><span>The Gwinnett GOP upholds the Constitutional requirement of Equality. Equality means equal treatment to all citizens under the law, equal rights, equal opportunity in education and in the workforce.</span></p>
<p><span>Equity is the functional opposite of equality. Equity focuses on equal outcomes – taking from one group to give to another. It is essentially Marxist.</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:15:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/equity_or_equality
Diversity & Inclusion 2.0<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">New Ideas About Diversity & Inclusion</h4>
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<p><span>The goal of Diversity and Inclusion training is to develop respect, understanding and acceptance in a diverse group of people.</span></p>
<p><span>Rather than assume that race and gender differences are the primary causes of prejudice and lack of acceptance, it has shown to be more productive to look more deeply at all of the diverse elements of personhood. </span></p>
<p><span>Bias and exclusion are common. No one will deny that. But why? Let’s take a deeper look.</span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:13:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/diversity_inclusion_2_0
Gwinnett Diversity<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">Gwinnett County is a great place to live, worship, work, raise a family, go to school and play.</h4>
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<p><span>As a very diverse population we need a clear vision of what brings us together and what holds us together. We need to understand not only issues and perspectives of race and gender but of ethnic and national background, language barriers, personalities and ways of thinking. </span></p>
</div>Sat, 28 May 2022 16:10:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/gwinnett_diversity
Race Relations<h4 class="x-el x-el-h4 c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-8r c1-1r c1-1q c1-1c c1-1d c1-b c1-3q c1-6p c1-1g c1-6s c1-6u c1-6v c1-6w">GOP Continues to Support and Advance Martin Luther King's Legacy</h4>
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<p><span>We cannot improve upon Rev. Martin Luther King’s vision; we embrace it fully as the continuing goal for Gwinnett County and for America. He wrote: </span></p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span>“<strong class="x-el x-el-span c1-2b c1-2c c1-b c1-9k c1-3x c1-4z c1-9l">I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.</strong> </span></p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span>When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise <strong class="x-el x-el-span c1-2b c1-2c c1-b c1-9k c1-3x c1-4z c1-9l">that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness</strong>.</span></p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span>I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to <strong class="x-el x-el-span c1-2b c1-2c c1-b c1-9k c1-3x c1-4z c1-9l">sit down together at the table of brotherhood</strong>.</span></p>
<p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span>Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.” </span></p>
</div>Fri, 29 Apr 2022 05:43:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/b_race_relations
Critical Race Theory<div class="x-el c1-1 c1-2 c1-19 c1-1a c1-1b c1-1c c1-1d c1-8s c1-8t c1-8u c1-8v c1-8w c1-8x c1-8y c1-8z c1-90 c1-91 c1-92 c1-93 c1-94 c1-95 c1-96 c1-97 c1-98 c1-99 c1-9a c1-9b c1-9c c1-9d c1-9e c1-9f c1-9g c1-9h c1-9i c1-9j c1-87 c1-b c1-4f c1-c c1-1g c1-d c1-e c1-f c1-g x-rt">
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<p><span>Critical Race Theory is an academic discipline built on identity-based Marxism. Critical race proponents cleverly redefine words that have a positive connotation to sell their ideas not only in universities – now it is being forced on employees through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training and introduced to many public schools.</span></p>
<p><span>For example, the word “equity” replaces the traditional American ideal of “equality.” Equality means that every person is equal under the law and should have equal opportunity. Equity, on the other hand, means Marxist redistribution of wealth (confiscating property from “white oppressors” and favoring distribution to “oppressed” minorities). Ibram X. Kendi of Boston University, author of “How to Be an Antiracist”, has proposed a federal government agency of Antiracism. This agency would be unaccountable to elected branches of government and would have the power to nullify or abolish any law at any level of government and to curtail the speech of anyone they deem insufficiently “antiracist.”</span></p>
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</div>Fri, 29 Apr 2022 05:39:00 -0400Robert Christensen
http://www.gwinnettrepublicans.org/critical_race_theory