Healthcare professionals across Michigan fell under controversial state implicit bias training rules this week. Like hundreds of thousands of others licensed in healthcare, I received an email from the State of Michigan.
Dear Licensee –
The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) would like to remind you that the Michigan Public Health Code – General Rules were revised last year and now require implicit bias training for your profession. The requirements apply to both new applicants as well as those renewing their existing licenses or registrations BEGININING TODAY, JUNE 1, 2022.
The notice defines “implicit bias” as:
“(A)n attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic.”
Now, where I come from, original sin is considered part of human nature. In fact, according to the Bible and the Federalist Papers, being flawed is the great equalizer of humanity. Moreover, much as we all need salvation, there’s already a plan. Our Savior delivers us from guilt and shame, and we have the Book of instructions from God.
Neither the US nor the Michigan Constitution empower government oversight of beliefs. On the contrary, beliefs are squarely planted in self-governance and churches of our choice.
Here in America, constitutional freedom of conscience bars state encroachment into our hearts and minds. Thoughts, conscious or otherwise, are judged by God alone. Man’s law can judge only external actions.
Human nature is exactly why in America, we don’t accept thought police.
Implicit Bias Training promotes a particular worldview
IBT is part of identity politics and Critical Race Theory (CRT) – supported or abhorred, depending upon where one falls on the political ideology spectrum.
The CRT Worldview:
- All of life is viewed through a lens of race
- There is no absolute truth
- There is no inherent equality from the Creator; equity is conferred by derived power
- Based upon their color, everyone is assigned their status as oppressor or victim
- Racism permeates our system, condemning it to destruction
IBT is about Politics, not good healthcare
Our Executive Branch is playing politics with health licensing rules. It began with the Executive Order for IBT rules over healthcare in 2020, and it crosses far over the line of normal fact-based clinical education.
Furthermore, as healthcare instructors say, “Training is for pets.” Professionals are educated!
Governor Whitmer’s political use of health policy is fairly clear and well-known.
Health policy – good and bad – simply does not happen without legislative funding and consent.
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