If you care about your children, then you should homeschool, find a Christian school, participate in a homeschool co-op, pay the tuition, drive an older car, or do whatever is necessary to keep them out of California’s public school system. That’s the message from a new campaign, assembled under the Rescue Your Child slogan.
And it’s all because the California Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked together to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law, plans that institutionalize the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices.
“First, [California] law allowed public schools to voluntarily promote homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality. Then, the law required public schools to accept homosexual, bisexual and transsexual teachers as role models for impressionable children. Now, the law has been changed to effectively require the positive portrayal of homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality to 6 million children in California government-controlled schools,” said Randy Thomasson, chief of the
Campaign for Children and Families and a leader in the movement to withdraw what supporters pray will be up to 600,000 children from public districts in the state.
At a Los Angeles news conference, Thomasson’s organization kicked off the statewide drive for exodus. The new website provides information to parents on how to protect their children from the “gay” agenda now standardized throughout the state.
Officials said SB 777 “functionally requires public school instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual ‘marriages,’ and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called ‘gay history.’”
The second bill, AB 394, “requires public schools to distribute controversial material to teachers, students, and parents which promotes transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of ‘anti-harassment’ training,” the group said.
“Why are parents concerned? What will the implementation look like?” Thomasson asked. “Imagine a teacher saying, ‘Class, for our contemporary social studies non-discrimination bias component, we have a special speaker today. He will share his amazing story of growing up as a male trapped in a woman’s body.’ This is the type of gender-bending education which students may have to endure unless their parents rescue them from the increasingly negative public school environment.”
Even insiders joined in the call for an abandonment of California’s public districts. Veteran public school teacher Nadine Williams of Torrance said the sexual indoctrination laws have motivated her to keep her grandchildren out of the very public schools she used to support.
“SB 777 and AB 394 became law on Jan. 1,” said Thomasson, “but laws usually take some time to get through the whole system. We expect that every public school in California will have these sexual indoctrination laws in force within the next year to two years. Parents can’t be in denial. Parents can’t say, ‘If I don’t see it, it’s not there.’ It’s there,‘” he said.
“And the parents are beginning to see it. They’ve got to rescue their child from sexual indoctrination. There is a solution – private school, homeschool, church school,” he said.
Caron Strong, a single mother from Los Angeles, said her daughter now will be homeschooled.
“It’s a commitment to my child that regardless of the circumstances, I can’t back away from,” she said. “I have to make this work. … I will make this work for the sake of my child.”
Parents Anthony and Yvette Whitcher of Los Alamitos and Marty Gobel of Laguna Hills said they are looking into turn-key curriculum programs such as Alpha Omega Publications, CLASS and Bob Jones University Press.
“The CLASS homeschooling program’s most expensive tuition for a high-school level, full-service plan, where we do the grading, provide report cards, transfers, and all of that, works out to about $60 a month for a nine-month school year, about $550,” said Mark Beuligmann, administrative director for CLASS. “That’s not $10,000. And people do this with us all the time.”
“For those parents who are not able to homeschool, most private Christian schools have financial aid available to help parents out,” said David Baker, a former public school district principal and administrator and now chief of Capistrano Valley Christian schools. “Parents often have to prioritize what are the most important things in their lives. Parents would give up purchasing new cars or going on expensive vacations. So their children come first in their lives. It is possible to homeschool or enter into a relationship with a Christian school.”
“Our school, NAUMS, a blend of traditional school and also homeschool, is at least half the cost of a traditional private school,” said Joseph Rispoli, a former teacher who runs National University-Model School in Tustin. “So there are other alternatives.”
“We help churches plant homeschool cooperatives,” said Heidi St. John of First Class Homeschool Ministries. “We have a proven program that any church can put into their ministry. Parents come one day a week and offer classes to the children, therefore building a community of homeschoolers.”
California parents, Thomasson said, already are becoming aware of the dangers their children face.
“They’re calling and asking how they can homeschool. They’re calling private schools, they’re calling church schools. They’re getting ready to exit the dysfunctional, sexually indoctrinating public school system.”
The Discover Christian Schools website reports getting thousands of hits daily from parents and others seeking information about alternatives to California’s public schools.
The new law itself technically bans in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, said Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
“SB 777 will result in reverse discrimination against students with religious and traditional family values. These students have lost their voice as the direct result of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s unbelievable decision. The terms ‘mom and dad’ or ‘husband and wife’ could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured,” she said.
Karen England, chief of CRI, told WND that the law is not a list of banned words, including “mom” and “dad.” But she said the requirement is that the law bans discriminatory bias and the effect will be to ban such terminology.
“Having ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ promotes a discriminatory bias. You have to either get rid of ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ or include everything when talking about [parental issues],” she said. “They [promoters of sexual alternative lifestyles] do consider that discriminatory.”
The California plan still is facing a court challenge on its constitutionality and a possible vote of the people of California if an initiative effort succeeds.