UPDATE 7/15/11: Jerry Brown has signed the bill into law.
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As California goes, so goes the nation?
Well, California is far down the path of legalizing special status to gays in education curriculum based on their contributions to “contemporary society”. Translated it means that a group that exists only because of their sexual behavior will now be included in textbooks and education in California solely because of their sexual preference.
Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of….lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans…with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.
But that’s not all. Not only does the bill require the above special treatment in textbooks, but Christians also will receive “special treatment” with this law.
From the text of SB 48 in California:
A teacher shall not give instruction and a school district shall not sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220.
The “special” treatment for Christians amounts to a suppression of their religious expression and discrimination against them for their beliefs.
California law will now mandate that education include persons of “society” and “history” based on what they do in the bedroom.
That same law, by its requirement that no “adverse” views of homosexuality be included, makes no place for Christians (and other groups and religions) that reject homosexuality as the norm.
By extension, doesn’t this law require that education ignore the roles and contributions of Christians to California and US society if they have an alternate view than does the minority LGBT lobby?
And doesn’t this bill prohibit Christian-based groups from leading or holding a school-sponsored “activity”? If so, doesn’t that fact completely negate the bill’s requirement that there should be no bias based on religion?
In California schools we now MUST teach our kids about obscure people because they prefer homosexual sex, but that same school must reject the Bible, punish Christian groups, and discriminate against individuals who don’t embrace what they, and many others throughout history, have viewed as sexual perversion.
Singling out a segment of the population for specific inclusion in school studies programs on the basis of their sexual preferences elevates what — rightly or wrongly — many see as a form of sexual perversion, to a civil right.
The bill, SB 48, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and so-called transgendered people as well as those with physical or mental disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.
Currently, or at least traditionally, history studies have been about the events and people who have changed the world, not their sexual preferences. Reagan again:
The matter of the content of school textbooks has long been a controversial subject, but until now it has never reached the point where specific parts of the population are singled out for preferential treatment, especially when the segment of the population is distinguished solely by their sexual preferences.
School textbooks should never be used to promote anybody’s political positions. They should instruct, not propagandize the publisher’s personal politics.
But, in a nutshell, that is what you get with SB48:
- All schools in California must use materials, including textbooks, that include “the role and contributions” of homosexuals and transgenders “to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
- No school in California may sponsor any activity that “promotes a discriminatory bias” against homosexuality. (This essentially bans the Boy Scouts, traditional religious clubs, etc.)
- No textbooks or instructional materials in California schools may “reflect adversely” on homosexuality.
- All “alternative or charter schools” in California are hereby warned that they’d better adopt similar rules.
Here is what Geoff Kors, Equality California Executive Director, has to say about this bill:
LGBT people should not be pushed into the closet when it comes to what students learn about history. Educating youth about the contributions of LGBT Californians and our state’s rich diversity will help foster true acceptance of LGBT students and will ultimately create a safe school environment for all students.”
I don’t ever want to hear again that this isn’t about creating a special status (where there is none) to those who practice homosexuality (among other things.).
For years now, the Bible has been banned in school libraries, Christians have been discriminated against in the public square including government schools, and the history of Christianity and its followers (including the founders of our country) has been politically altered to eliminate their distinct belief in the values of the Bible. Where is the respect for Christianity?
Christians, in the public square and government schools, have been pushed into a the closet of which Kors speaks.
Are their contributions worthy of being included solely because they are Christians? Will well-known historic figures be labeled as Christians if they professed to be?
Or is it just important to name whether a nondescript person was homosexual or not? Must our kids now read that the founders were white, heterosexual men but not about their belief in the values of the Bible?
If we take contemporary society (which the bill references), would Christian evangelist Billy Graham be portrayed negatively because he believes in the Bible that condemns homosexuality? Or, if included at all, would he be fairly touted as the positive influence and leader he has been in a “contemporary society” even though he preaches against homosexuality?
The answers are yes and no, respectively because the intent of this bill is not “fairness” for all but about forced acceptance and indoctrination of the homosexual lifestyle.
The sacrosanct idea, of the minority, that we must all “accept” homosexuality as normal will be accomplished by producing otherwise nondescript people as historic figures simply because they are homosexual or “transgendered”.
And, similarly the Christian belief that homosexuality is wrong will be deemed an illegal belief….at least as far as the schools and education are concerned.
At what point does the California legislature similarly feel the need to so vehemently protect the religious rights of kids and parents in California?
You may think this is just another “Left Coast thing”…but I can guarantee you that the information in those textbooks will make its way all over public schools in this country. Similarly, this very idea of raising the status of sexual alternatives above Christian beliefs, with legislation, can fall over us like a domino to many areas of the country if passed in California. It already has with gay marriage in New York.
Remember the words of Camille Paglia, self-defined lesbian and paganist from her 1994 book, Vamps and Tramps:
“For the past decade, the situation has been out of control: responsible scholarship is impossible when rational discourse is being policed by storm troopers, in this case gay activists, who have the absolutism of all fanatics in claiming sole access to the truth.”
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