Word out of Springfield, IL from the Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB) citizen lobbyists is that lobbying had a rough go earlier this week. Radicals that oppose the HWB have been fighting hard to get language into the bill that will protect free speech in the workplace with regard to religion/expression of religious values. These people are continuing to use religion as a front for their real objective, which is to paint a picture of anti-bullying programs as means to protect and promote homosexuality.
What is the matter with these people? Do they not realize that the HWB is not needed when it comes to protecting the rights of homosexuals? There are already anti-discriminatory laws on the books that protect sexual preference. The HWB is not about homosexuality – it is about making workplace bullying ILLEGAL. Have they not read the actual message contained in the HWB?
Have these radical people not read the US Constitution? Have they not seen that there is already a stipulation in the Bill of Rights that protects religious expression? Don’t they remember from their history books that this country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion? So why would a bill in the Illinois Senate be allowed to have language in it that would prohibit that right?
Here’s a thought for the radical wackos that are trumpeting this malarkey: go find a fight that actually has something to do with hate-mongering ways! Leave the HWB alone! It is high time that narcissistic tyrants in the workplace are held accountable for their actions. It is high time that companies and their managers/executives are held accountable for allowing employees to harass and brow-beat their coworkers. If I may be so bold, it seems to me that the radicals who have spoken out against the HWB are the same people that the HWB was designed to eliminate from workplaces!
I’m all for free speech. We have a law that protects that right. It is called the first amendment. Language to that effect is not needed in the HWB. The Constitution trumps all other laws, people. And since its inception, free speech has been a cornerstone in this country. It is the law that allows even these radical fools to have their say about what they think belongs in the HWB.
However – what these people aren’t taking into account are the other kinds of workplace bullying that occur – the silent bullying – e.g., sabotage of people’s work, exclusion, etc. One doesn’t have to say a word in order to destroy someone’s credibility or reputation. The worst bully one can encounter never says a harsh word to their target’s face. In fact, they will be sweet as pie to their target. The defamation occurs behind the target’s back so that the bully can turn people against the target through half-truths and outright lies. That’s what gets me about the radicals’ tactic of focusing on the free speech element – by focusing all the attention on what can and can’t be said in the workplace, they are taking the emphasis off of what bullies actually DO! And what bullies DO can be far more damaging than what they SAY!
I again plead with those who read this. Even if you are not an Illinois resident, please write or call members of the Illinois State Legislature and ask them to please consider the actual language of the HWB and to see what the bill actually says. No one is trying to take free speech away. In fact, the bill is designed so that everyone has a voice in the workplace. It is not fair that there are people who are still allowed to make workplaces a quagmire. The radicals that are lobbying against the HWB would allow bullies to continue to push their targets into the quicksand.