‘Schools’ Assignment: Squelch Family Values
State lawmakers urge ‘meaningful’ counseling for wrong attitudes
Posted by Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily – 4/15/2010
Lawmakers in California have adopted a resolution calling for “meaningful” counseling for students, teachers or even parents who exhibit the wrong attitudes on school campuses, a move a critic calls the latest tool in an arsenal of weapons to squelch pro-family values week that the proposal was pending, and the state assembly today voted 41-7 to adopt A.C.R. 82.
The plan specifies “all public-education institutions are encouraged to … identify themselves as ‘discrimination-free zones’ through placards, signs, notices of available services and other appropriate identifications to create a campus climate that welcomes diversity and supports the tolerance of others.”
“While this may sound good,” said a statement from the” the devil is in the details. By including morally controversial lifestyles [homosexuality, bisexuality and others] in this resolution, A.C.R. 82 would encourage schools to ‘enact procedures’ against ‘acts of discrimination that occur on campus.'”
Critics say the “procedures” could be enacted over an act as basic as a statement that the Bible does not approve of homosexuality.
The proposal states “all public-education institutions, prekindergarten through university campuses, are encouraged to develop and enact policies that support tolerance and acceptance of others regardless of their race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality or any other characteristic. … [Further] resolved, that all public-education institutions are encouraged to enact procedures, such as counseling services and conflict management, that meaningfully address acts of discrimination. …”
“The Democrats with the help of silent Republicans have given homosexual activists and the liberal education establishment a new tool with which to squelch and punish pro-family values in public schools,” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com.
“It is horrible stewardship of God’s gift of the tongue that zero Republican assembly members raised their microphones to expose this anti-family, anti-free-speech measure,” he said. “Pro-family citizens did their part, through SaveCalifornia.com and others, but this is the worst crop of Democrat legislators I’ve ever seen in Sacramento, and also the most lackluster crop of Republicans in the state assembly when it comes to moral issues of concern to parents.”
Only seven Republicans voted against the bill, and when it was up for adoption today, no one spoke against it. It was approved by a single vote.
“Given the obvious apprehension of several Democrats on the floor, this anti-family measure could have been stopped if only Republicans had exposed it using the voices that God gave them,” Thomasson said.
Thomasson, whose organization has documented California’s history of pro-homosexual advocacy required by law in its schools, said indoctrination no longer is sufficient for pro-homosexual forces but censorship also is being imposed.
“Putting these anti-family values in children’s heads is not enough,” he said. The state is “figuratively cutting out their tongues if they disagree.”
“Children who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that there are different roles for men and women in the family will be subjected to reprimand, detention, suspension, corrective counseling or other punishments in order to serve as a bad example to other children,” he said.
In a letter to lawmakers, Thomasson cited a number of statements that could be subject to punishment:
- Being bisexual is not genetic
- It’s wrong not to abstain from sex until marriage
- Going outside the Bible’s standards on sexuality is sin
- Marriage is only between a man and a woman
- Homosexuality is the primary transmission mode for HIV/AIDS
“This is a severe attack upon free speech, specifically the moral beliefs of children, teachers and even parents who step foot on campus,” he said.
Thomasson said although the measure is a resolution, it will be the newest tool for homosexual-rights activists to pressure schools to claim “discrimination-free” status and “corral the children more into their agenda and brainwashing.”
Long history of promoting homosexuality
California has a long history of demanding advocacy for homosexuality and other alternative lifestyles in its schools. In 1999, Gov. Gray Davis signed A.B. 537 permitting teachers and students to announce their homosexuality or cross-dress. The bill also was called a nondiscrimination plan.
Then in 2003, Davis signed S.B. 71 establishing new “sexual health” standards that teach children as young as fifth grade that consensual sex is “safe” if the student is “protected” with a condom. It also teaches homosexuality is normal.
In 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed S.B. 777 prohibiting any public-school instruction or activity that “promotes” a discriminatory bias. The law now requires positive depictions of transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality at all levels in school.
Impacted by the law are class room instruction materials, textbooks, guest speakers, videos, drama, music, school assemblies and sports teams.
Schwarzenegger followed in 2007 with A.B. 394, which promotes alternative sexual-lifestyle choices through “anti-harassment” language.
Thomasson pointed out that California has no prohibition on public-school teachers promoting “any legal sexual lifestyle or practice,” and schools already have pro-homosexual “diversity” days, weeks or months.
Applying the precedent
So what will the new resolution change?
“Let’s look at the application,” Thomasson told WND. “What does a ‘discrimination-free’ school look like? If a student does a writing assignment, saying that marriage is only for a man and a woman or the father has a role different from the mother or that AIDS primarily is acquired through homosexual activity, or going outside the Bible’s standards on sexuality is sin, this could be labeled as hate, intolerance or discrimination, and the hammer can come down.”
He said the state already has more than adequate statutory prohibition on violence and promotion of “tolerance.” So the new measure’s target would be speech, he said.
Thomasson said parents need to wake up and review alternatives to public schools for their children. His organization offers answers to questions about the issue at RescueYourChild.com.
Comes as pediatricians issue warning
California comes just as pediatricians are warning educators not to promote being “gay.”
A letter went out just days ago from the a nonprofit organization funded by members and donors, to school superintendents across the U.S. that tells them plainly, “It is not the school’s role to diagnose and attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not a school’s role to ‘affirm’ a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.”
Further, schools can create a “life of unnecessary pain and suffering” for a child when they reinforce a behavior chosen out of a child’s “confusion.”
“Even when motivated by noble intentions, schools can ironically play a detrimental role if they reinforce this disorder,” said the letter, signed by Dr. Tom Benton, the organization’s president.
The group also has created a website called Facts as a resource for school officials to obtain the facts from a “nonpolitical, nonreligious channel.”
Officials with the College of Pediatricians told WND that the effort is to counter information delivered to the same schools in 2008 in a brochure called “Just the Facts about Youth and Sexual Orientation” that was sponsored in part by the American Psychological Association.
The brochure, the College of Pediatricians said, “omits critical facts and makes recommendations that are refuted by decades of scientific research and extensive clinical experience.”
“Most alarmingly,” the College of Pediatricians website said, “the recommendations offered will place young people at increased risk of grave psychological, emotional and physical harm.”
Kingdom, where officials confirm that children as young as 5 years old could be labeled “offenders” for their playground comments about family values.