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Utah state senator seeks to repeal school anti-bullying laws

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chris Buttars

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Senator Chris Buttars is proposing a new resolution designed to repeal the recently passed anti-bullying and non-discrimination policies created by the Salt Lake School Board. Buttars calls the policies a “program to bring down America.”

Buttars was recently named as chair of the State Public Education committee, despite his call in 2010 to eliminate the 12th grade as “unnecessary.”

It appears he plans to use his latest position of power as much possible in his war against civil rights. His proposed resolution, SJR 1, strips the State School Board of the power to make changes to their policies unless they are already provided by statute.

In other words, take away the protections for straight and LGBT kids from bullying, and the non-discrimination rules for district employees.

“We’re in big trouble in our public education system. I didn’t realize how much until a month ago when I was asked to chair public education appropriations,” said Buttars, speaking at a meeting for the anti-gay group Eagle Forum. “We met and when we got done we were all so terrified we couldn’t believe it. This was right under our nose.”

“By accepting that, there’s no God because he deals in absolutes,” said Buttars. “This is an entire program to bring America down and I want to tell you right now it’s well entrenched in Utah.”

Other speakers at the Eagle Forum called the anti-bullying and non discrimination policies a “Socialist and Communist plot to take over children.”

In 2008, Buttars caught the ire of of Utah’s minority community, when he referred to an education bill he apparently took issue with as the “ugly baby” bill, saying, “This baby is black … this is a dark, ugly thing.”

PRIDEinUtah is organizing a rally on the opening day of the Utah Legislative session, Jan. 24 at 5:30pm in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol Building.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. based on the look on his face … he is a sad individual who doesn’t even like himself

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:49pm
  2. How is such a moron a state senator?!? …Wait, don’t bother answering that question.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:49pm
  3. … happy sort of guy, and of course his kids were never bullied. Crass fool.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:50pm
  4. Wow, that’s horrific.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:51pm
  5. Its called Religon beliefs

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:53pm
  6. Yea this guy is a douch bag, I live in SLC and this was on the news the other night.. Utah is never gonna get anywhere in my opinion.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:55pm
  7. @ Lisa Serrano … he is in office because a bunch of ignorant morons put him there

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:55pm
  8. is he insane? he looks insane? Lets just kill all the little gays???

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:56pm
  9. dumbass!

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 1:59pm
  10. That is insane. How is this even allowed. Moral Disorder

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:05pm
  11. @Pami – the question was rhetorical.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:07pm
  12. This “bulldog” is FOR bullying? Prolly a good, religious garmet-wearing Mormon, too!

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:10pm
  13. garment/ ask longjohns!

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:10pm
  14. What the *beep* is wrong with these people!?! >:-( This. Is. A. Good. Thing. Get it through your head Buttars you asshole. >:-(

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:17pm
  15. He must be joking

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:20pm
  16. He needs to be committed, he’s obviously insane.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:23pm
  17. No one is actually takeing his homophobia seriously are they… Are schools actually ganna listen to him.. I think not because we’ll protest his ass fuck we have celebraties on our side..

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:23pm
  18. @Edi – Utah Mormons don’t care about celebrities, or anything else for that matter.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:24pm
  19. He looks like a sick creep.Looks like a Slug.I would hate to see him in the Dark.One sick OOOO

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:32pm
  20. By inference, then, bullying is All-American. Give me a break!

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:35pm
  21. Nazi bastard!

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:48pm
  22. I bet if the shoe was on the other foot as far as a gay child or any child in fact beat up his kid and picked on them he would yell. Don’t these people see it’s not just for gay children but for all? Can they even think outside their little box? Apparently not. This is sad, they always cry cause religion is supposingly getting bullied against but children they refuse to care.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:01pm
  23. O.o wth moron

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:18pm
  24. Um, No dude you don’t repeal things that are designed to keep kids safe. Your trying to cause more harm them safety to the students. You’d make childrens lifes more stressful.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:45pm
  25. Wow, this one seems like a winner…

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:56pm
  26. Someone was a bully in highschool and is trying to protect violence. monster.

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 5:30pm
  27. thats so dumb hes not just going against gays here hes going against anyone whos slightly different i hate people that have no respect for anyone

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 6:19pm
  28. Booo

    Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 10:33pm
  29. There are lots of people here in Yew-tah who think children being beaten regularly is key to building character. I guess they think the “righteous” kids might be able to pound the gay out of the “evil” kids.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1:01pm