Help Stop Passage of California Bill (SB 48) Requiring Promotion of Homosexuality in Grades K-12
Staff writer, Protect Kids Foundation
California Senate Bill number 48, now tracking its way through the legislature, would change the teaching of core academic subjects into a “celebration” of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual lifestyles. This profound change in the basic education of children would be mandatory, without involvement or opt-out rights of parents.
ConcernedParentsUnited.com warns, “What we all do, or fail to do, in the next few weeks will determine whether or not California’s school children will be subject to homosexual textbooks and curriculum for years to come! Your help is needed to fight this bill every step of the way at every committee hearing and every vote.”
This action group is asking you to please call or send a letter to your state Senator (or to all of the California state Senators) and to the Chairmen of the committees reviewing this bill. “It is crucial that we demonstrate that the public is against SB 48 and its attempt to corrupt the minds of our innocent school children.” (A sample letter they suggest you use or adapt is at the end of this article.)
On its website, the organization explains how the plan by “homosexual activist” Leno “would require all students in social studies classes to admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’ role models.”
Science classes would be used to teach that same-sex parents are quite common, by teaching about a few animal species where the male takes the responsibility for raising the young. These lessons on penguins and sea horses will somehow prove that a mother and father are no better than two mothers or two fathers.
In geography, children would learn how a neighborhood such as San Francisco’s Castro district transformed from an Irish working class neighborhood into a gay neighborhood. Why homosexuals move from rural areas to cities is another topic.
In language lessons, children would be required to act as homosexuals when they are role-playing to practice vocabulary.
This legislation would also create a social class for homosexuals, transsexuals and bisexuals. They would be regarded as the same as Hispanics, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asians, etc.
This fundamental change in how public schools teach essential subjects are explained as an effort to “celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community” and “encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as positive forces”.
The Campaign for Children and Families explains that “the Democrat state legislators pushing this radical bill want to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda, personally and publicly. They want them to become ‘LGBTIQ’ activists….”
If SB 48 becomes law, “children will be enticed into political activism in support of everything pushed by ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning’ political groups, as the bill requires ‘particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.’”
Furthermore this bill would require that teachers “positively portray homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriages,’ bisexuality, and transsexuality … because to be silent opens them up to the charge of ‘reflecting adversely’ [on this new protected LGBT class.]”
“This is radical, in-your-face sexual indoctrination that parents genuinely don’t want and children certainly don’t need,” the statement says.
The California Legislative Counsel’s commentary on SB 48 affirms that it would “require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of … lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans … to the development of California and the United States.” The law would require that schools give “particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
It also would require “alternative and charter schools” to “take notice of the provisions of this bill.”
The Campaign for Children and Families, run by executive Randy Thomasson, notes that it would demand that school boards select textbooks and other materials that actively promote homosexuality, because to be silent “opens them up to charges of ‘reflecting adversely.’”
An additional major concern is that parents would not be able to exempt their children from this mandatory indoctrination.
Under SB 48, Thomasson explained, “textbooks, teachers and school boards will be forced to promote homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage,’ bisexuality, transsexuality, sex change operations, and cross dressing as positive role models.”
SB 48 allows a tiny minority of people who refuse to keep their private lives private, to impose their private lifestyles on all school children, starting in Kindergarten. This will create a major expense for schools without improving education at all. It reduces the teaching of core academics in favor of political and sexual indoctrination.
These extremist changes in education are being promoted under the disguise of, “anti-bullying” or, “diversity.” And parents who oppose this sexualizing of their children are branded as bigots.
ConcernedParentsUnited.com warns, “We can’t ignore this problem any longer. The time has come to say, “Enough! Stop it!” Our schools are being hijacked by radicals who seek to use our children as pawns to affect social change. Teachers are being trained to separate children from their parent’s values. As a result, education is continuing to deteriorate to the point where kids are learning nothing but ‘feelings.’”
ConcernedParentsUnited.com is asking you to take action! And to contact your California state Senator today! Their sample letter follows below.
SB 48 “FAIR” Education Act is UNFAIR to Kids!
Senator Mark Leno has introduced SB 48 to further push the homosexual indoctrination of California’s youth!
SB 48 Facts:
- Rewrites history books to include the sexual orientation of historical figures.
- Mandates sexual orientation in the adoption of social science instructional material.
- Inappropriately classifies lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as a culture group.
- Requires unnecessary added costs of reprinting social science textbooks to include the LGBT agenda.
- Mandatory for grades K-12 (includes elementary-age children).
- Violates parents’ right to consent to school-mandated sexual orientation instruction.
- Denies parents’ right to opt their children out of homosexual indoctrination.
How SB 48 Effects Children:
- Violates the innocence of 7 million California children.
- Promotes gender confusion and may lead to gender experimentation.
- Sexualizes social science material unnecessarily.
- Normalizes homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism.
- Omits known dangers of homosexual lifestyle – especially for men.
- Anti-bullying and student safety instruction should not influence children’s sexual attitudes or gender choices.
- Will affect public and some charter and alternative schools.
Take Action! ConcernedParentsUnited.com is asking you to Contact Your State Senator Today!
- Write, call or fax your California Senator today. To find who represents you, visit www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
- Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.
- Ask your local PTA unit to contact the District PTA and have the Executive Board pass a resolution asking the State PTA to take an “oppose position” on SB 48.
- Ask your local School Board to pass a resolution asking the State Legislature and Governor to vote in opposition to SB 48.
- Educate Parents, Neighbors, Friends and Relatives.
- Share with your Pastor, Priest or Rabbi and ask them to inform their congregations.
ConcernedParentsUnited.com is asking you to copy all or parts of this letter on your personal, business or church letterhead!
SB 48 is first going to the Senate Education and the Senate Judiciary committees. Concerned parents are asking you to send a letter to your state Senator and to each committee chairman!
The Honorable Alan Lowenthal
Chairman, Senate Education Committee
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 445-7799
Dear Senator Lowenthal:
The Honorable Noreen Evans
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 445-8390
Dear Senator Evans:
The Honorable Senator [insert the name of the appropriate state Senator]
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: SB 48 (Leno)
[For the record, I respectfully request the content of this letter be included in the Legislative Summary Report for SB 48.]
I respectfully request that you oppose SB 48, a bill that rewrites history books to include the sexual orientation of historical figures. The author of this bill suggests that mandating pro-homosexual curriculum in K-12 social science textbooks will help reduce bullying and increase school safety. I disagree. We can teach our children to be kind to others without prompting unnecessary classroom discussions about alternative sexual practices.
These discussions would occur without informing the parents of curriculum content or allowing them to opt their children out of these materials. Currently, parents have the right to exempt their children from sex education and family life classes if a moral conflict arises. Why are we infringing upon that right in a social science context?
SB 48 states that nothing in the curriculum, texts and activities may “reflect adversely” upon alternative lifestyles. I am concerned that the accurate information about these lifestyles, including the physical and mental challenges associated with it, will not be included and only one side of the story will be presented. SB 48 may also lead to gender confusion, experimentation and moral conflict among California’s K-12 schoolchildren.
The Legislature must recognize that these types of topics are the domain of the home. Parents want their children taught academics in school- not a social agenda which may be contrary to their morals and beliefs.
SB 48 would incur unnecessary costs on our schools that are already struggling to provide basic classroom materials. This bill would require schools across the state to purchase new materials to reflect the agenda of a small minority of individuals. It also runs contrary to California Education Code which reserves the right to determine the content of instructional material to the local governing authority.
In California, we want students to be respectful without resorting to hateful speech and name-calling of those with whom they may disagree. However, presenting history in an accurate manner is important. Bringing up the topic of sexual orientation in California’s social science classrooms is unwarranted and unnecessary for an effective learning environment.
Please oppose this unnecessary bill, protect our children, and respect parental rights. I look forward to hearing how you intend to vote.
Very truly yours,