One of the implications of States rights, and I’m strong on permitting local States to shape themselves, is that States like Arizona are taking aggressive steps about immigrants. This new law is one of the strongest I’ve seen because it is found in the educational programs. I wonder how the song Derek Webb sings (earliest post today) about the king and his kingdom affects how Christians in Arizona see this ruling.
(CNN) — Fresh on the heels of a new immigration law that has led to calls to boycott her state, Arizona’s governor has signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that “promote resentment” of other racial groups.
Gov. Jan Brewer approved the measure without public statement Tuesday, according to state legislative records. The new law forbids elementary or secondary schools to teach classes that are “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” and advocate “the overthrow of the United States government” or “resentment toward a race or class of people.”
The bill was pushed by state school Superintendent Tom Horne, who has spent two years trying to get Tucson schools to drop a Mexican-American studies program he said teaches Latino students they are an oppressed minority. There was no immediate response from the Tucson Unified School District, the law’s main target.