Christian educators leaving the NEA?

Evidently so:

Some Christian teachers in the National Education Association (NEA) are turning to an alternative group to provide them with liability insurance and legal services in light of that powerful teacher union’s endorsement of same-sex “marriage.”

One day after the American Family Association (AFA) alerted its members that the union was getting set to endorse homosexual marriage, Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) reported receiving 5,000 more visits to its website than the group’s daily average. Finn Laursen, executive director of CEAI, says many teachers are withdrawing from the NEA because they simply do not want to invest their money in an organization so blatantly opposed to their values.

Evidently the “endorsement” in question is an amendment to an existing non-discrimination policy. The amendment basically extends non-discrimination to include those involved in legal same-sex unions — that is, same-sex unions which currently exist in states where it’s legal to do so. Here’s an article that has more on that, including the text of the amendment, which honestly doesn’t sound to me like an “endorsement of gay marriage”, but the NEA ought to realize that it’s got a diverse group of teachers in its ranks — among whom religion is really important and meaningful — and it really needs to think carefully about stuff like this before it gets out of hand, as it appears to have done here.

The most interesting thing about this, to me, is the idea of two rival teacher unions competing against each other for membership. I don’t know much about unions, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of something like that.

[Hat tip: Edspresso]


Filed under Education, High school, Teaching

2 responses to “Christian educators leaving the NEA?

  1. JimMc

    Yeah, I’d say definitely don’t be part of an organization whose beliefs conflict with yours. Speaking of choice, for the life of me I’ve never been able to figure out why one must be compelled to join a union at a particular workplace. Why couldn’t this be optional? I know when I worked at UPS during college I sure wished it was optional.

  2. Can you e-mail me when you get a chance? (I would have contacted you, but I couldn’t find your address anywhere.)