Arnold Does A Gross Disservice In California......

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Thu Oct 25 23:44:17 MDT 2007

Free Congress Foundation Commentary:
A Dangerous Precedent Building in California
By Paul M. Weyrich
October 25, 2007

There is terrible news from California. On 
October 12, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed 
into law three bills which, the opposition 
argues, introduce the radical homosexual agenda 
into educational institutions. Unquestionably the 
traditional purpose of public education is to 
teach reading, writing, mathematics and other 
fundamentals necessary for well-rounded 
intellectual development.  Instead, these 
institutions apparently will become miniature 
laboratories for redefining nature, implementing 
“gender theory” and experimenting with the effects of sexual lifestyles.

The first bill, SB 777, evidently bans anything 
in public schools that could be interpreted as 
discriminating against or critical of 
homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality or 
other alternative lifestyle choices. It prohibits 
any classroom instruction or school-sponsored 
activity that “promotes a discriminatory bias” 
against “sexual orientation” and “gender,” which 
includes cross-dressing, sex changes and any 
other behavior “not stereotypically associated 
with one’s assigned sex at birth.”  Forget any 
book, reference or teaching aid which shows 
marriage as only between a man and a woman (the 
definition California voters approved several 
years ago); materials which say people are born 
male or female (not in-between or subject to 
change); sources which fail to include a variety 
of transsexual, bisexual and homosexual 
historical figures; and sex education materials 
which fail to offer the option of sex changes. In 
addition, homecoming kings can now be either male 
or female, as can homecoming queens, and 
students, whether male or female, must be allowed 
to use the restroom and locker room corresponding 
to the sex with which they choose to identify 
(potentially especially pernicious to young 
girls).  Such an attempt to redefine language to 
suit one’s political and sexual interests would make George Orwell proud.

AB 394 requires the State Department of Education 
to monitor adherence to anti-discrimination and 
anti-harassment requirements involving “actual or 
perceived gender identification and sexual 
orientation” in local schools. Schools must adopt 
policies which prohibit discrimination and 
harassment based upon sexual identity or 
orientation and a process to receive and 
investigate complaints in these cases.  Schools 
also will have to provide classroom handouts 
(including some specifically for parents) and 
display information in the halls, lounges and on 
websites that specifically address “bias-related 
discrimination and harassment” against 
homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality or 
other “alternative lifestyle choices.”

The final bill, AB 14, prohibits state funding 
for any program that does not support a range of 
alternative sexual practices, including 
state-funded social services run by churches. 
This means that day-cares, preschools, 
after-school programs, food and housing programs, 
senior services, anti-gang efforts, job programs 
and others must all teach and accept 
homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality and 
all the other sexualities. It also forces every 
hospital in California, even private and 
religious hospitals, to adopt policies of support 
for the aforementioned sexualities and opens up 
non-profit organizations to lawsuits if they 
exclude members who engage in any such sexual conduct.

Governor Schwarzenegger rejected a bill to 
authorize same-sex marriage. Also, a year ago he 
vetoed bills similar to SB 777, AB 394 and AB 14, 
stating that existing state law already provided 
penalties for discrimination. Why he reversed 
himself now is unclear. He has not held a press 
conference or issued a statement on this 
legislation.  But the harm his decision will do 
is clear if the law becomes effective on January 
1, 2008 and is interpreted and implemented 
literally. It would turn California’s children 
over to those who want to indoctrinate them in 
perversion in order to validate their own 
lifestyle choices. Homosexual advocates are aware 
that there is no more captive audience than 
schoolchildren, both because they are 
impressionable and because education is 
compulsory, and have pursued their agenda 
aggressively through state legislators and 
bureaucrats. In California they may have 
succeeded in implementing intolerance for what, 
in every human society and culture, has been the 
understanding of men, women, marriage, sexuality and nature.

Those parents who can afford to pull their 
children from public schools and place them in 
private schools or homeschool them will probably 
do so. But most families cannot afford to do so. 
They will be forced to send their children to 
schools which expressly contradict their values. 
Multiple studies have shown the disastrous effect 
the breakdown of marriage has had on the 
poor­e.g., it keeps them in a vicious cycle of 
poverty. Now the Government of California plans to do more harm to the poor.

Sex has no place in educational institutions. It 
belongs at home, where parents have a 
responsibility to teach their children about it. 
But California’s politicians, intent upon using 
the power of law and manipulating public 
institutions to deny nature, control thought, 
speech and action, and force their perversion on 
others, want sex everywhere in public schools.

The Capitol Resource Institute in California has 
launched a referendum campaign to overturn SB 
777. The group will need to secure 433,971 valid 
voter signatures within 90 days to qualify for the June 2008 ballot.

If the referendum is unsuccessful, be prepared 
for some momentum to spread east because 
California’s resources and population make 
California enormously influential. Textbook 
publishers will take note of this new legislation 
and amend their books accordingly in order to stay in business in the State.

We must make Americans aware of what is happening 
and be prepared to fight it.  Either that or we 
must be prepared for the “tolerant” left to begin 
persecuting those who advocate social and 
cultural positions opposed to theirs. This is as 
gross an abuse of power as I have ever seen.

Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
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