State Upholds Christian Values, Bans DEI Programs – Intercessors for America

This is a significant shift in Alabama’s educational and societal policies, a huge win for Christian values, and an answer to our prayers!

From The Epoch Times. A new Alabama law that bans state agencies, local boards of education, and institutions of higher education from sponsoring so-called diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs or offices, was signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Kay Ivey.

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Alabama’s Republican-led Legislature voted on Tuesday to advance legislation SB 129, which was authored by Republican state Sen. Will Barfoot. The law will become effective Oct. 1, 2024. …

Under the measure, “divisive concepts” about race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin would be banned from being taught or sponsored by a state agency, local board of education, or public institution of higher education, such as public universities and colleges.

The legislation outlines eight “divisive concepts,” which include teachings that any race, religion, or sex is inherently superior or inferior, or that, by virtue of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin, the individual is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive—whether consciously or subconsciously. …

Specifically, the measure says that state agencies, local boards of education, or public institutions of higher education may not sponsor any DEI program or maintain any office, physical location, or department that promotes such programs; direct or compel a student, employee, or contractor to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to a divisive concept; or require students, employees, or contractors to share their personal point of view of any divisive concept outside of an academic setting.

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In Alabama, at least eight public colleges have a specific office dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts, according to local reports. …

The bill notes, however, that DEI programs and discussions are allowed on campuses, provided that state funds are not used to sponsor these events.

Additionally, the bill would prohibit public universities from allowing individuals to use a restroom that is different from their biological sex. …

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