Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The last two “sexual indoctrination” bills approved by the California Legislature that made up a “triple threat” to families have been vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Capitol Resource Institute confirmed last night.
The bills, AB 606 and AB 1056, were part of a trio pushed forward by homosexual activists in the state’s lawmaking body this year, and would have forced a pro-‘gay’ agenda into all of the state’s public schools, officials said.
“This is a victory for California families,” said Karen England, chief of the CRI. “Due to the public outcry over these outrageous attacks on students with moral beliefs, the governor vetoed all three. This proves that when citizens who care about protecting their religious and moral beliefs speak out, we can make a huge difference.”
Many groups, including several national outreaches such as the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family, the Campaign for Children and Families and others also had lobbied their constituents to oppose the plans.
An earlier part of the package, SB 1437, was vetoed by the governor earlier this month.
The CRI said AB 606 would have required the State Board of Education to increase sensitivity to so-called “discrimination.” Under the plan the state Superintendent of Public Instruction would have had unlimited discretion to withhold state funds from schools that did not comply with that individual’s interpretation of the law.
The other, AB 1056, would have “integrated tolerance training” into history and social science curriculum and started a pilot program that would have forced students to learn a “new definition” of tolerance, one that would require them to not only accept but advocate for homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism, the CRI said.
“The governor’s office received thousands of phone calls, e-mails, letters and faxes regarding the triple threat,” said Meredith Turney, CRI’s legislative liaison. “Citizen activism is extremely effective.”
Turney said the priorities of the California legislature this year were “completely out of order.”
“Schools should be centers of learning – learning the fundamentals of education such as reading, writing and arithmetic,” Turney said. “Instead, the legislature has focused on advancing a radical social agenda in public schools. Hopefully, next session the legislature will make educating – not indoctrinating – students a priority.”
The earlier veto, SB 1437, killed a plan that would have prevented any school teaching materials or activities from “reflecting adversely” upon homosexuals, bisexuals or transgenders.
Former Assemblyman Larry Bowler, R-Elk Grove, said in his six years as a member of the Assembly Education Committee, “Never, never, in all the thousands of bills that I voted on in that committee, did I ever see anything even close to the destructive decadence of these three bills.
“The bills are not education, they are indoctrination, designed to inculcate our children and our grandchildren,” he said.
However, family groups remained concerned that Schwarzenegger on Aug. 28 signed SB 1441, which will force religious colleges – if a single student is attending on a state grant – to promote transexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality.
CCF President Randy Thomasson said that “tramples the religious values of faith-based institutions.”
“The Christian colleges are very afraid,” Thomasson said earlier. “They are huddling together talking about a plan of action.”
Thomasson had told WND at stake are the “hearts and minds” of 6.5 million schoolchildren in the state.
He said the bills could have created a generation of “sexualized activists” in public schools, and “radically” changed society.
“I have spent most of my life committed to fighting discrimination and teaching our children tolerance for all persons,” the governor said in addressing AB 606. “However well intentioned, this bill creates a new state mandate on schools at a time when our state currently owes almost half a billion dollars in unpaid mandates. Adding another … is irresponsible.”
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