Majority Democrats in the California Assembly have rejected two amendments that would have allowed schools to fire any employee discovered to be part of an extremist terror network and require users of school facilities to affirm they are not terrorists.
A report from Karen England at the Capital Resource Institute said the amendments were submitted by assemblymen Martin Garrick and Chuck DeVore to a plan that also would allow members of the Communist Party to teach in public schools.
“I am appalled that Democrat lawmakers will not agree to these common-sense amendments,” said England, executive director of CRFI. “My son is currently serving in Iraq to defend our state and nation from terrorists, yet Democrats will not do their part on the homefront to also defend us from such extremists.”
England argued lawmakers are charged with the duty of defending their citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
“Yet California Democrats placed their radical political agenda ahead of citizens’ safety by refusing to prevent terrorists from teaching in our schools. Citizens should be outraged that these lawmakers are playing political games with our safety,” she said.
The amendments from Garrick and DeVore “would have required any person or organization seeking use of public school property to sign a ‘statement of information’ declaring they do not advocate the overthrow of our government and are not part of an extremist terror network. Also, any school employee discovered to be part of an extremist terror network could be fired.”
The amendments came as part of discussion on SB 1322, a bill that “will allow communists to teach in public schools and use government property for their meetings,” Capital Resource said.
The traditional values advocacy organization said it has opposed the measure “as we recognize the inherent danger in allowing communists – those who seek the violent overthrow of our democratic republic – access to the impressionable minds of young students.”
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England said the lawmakers, after defeating the two amendments, launched their discussion of SB 1322 itself.
Assembly floor manager Gene Mullin argued communism is a “failed ideology,” and the U.S. government should not be allowed to discriminate against communists.
Assemblyman Todd Spitzer pointed out that Article VI, Section 9 of the California Constitution prohibits the government from employing anyone advocating the overthrow of our government, England said. “Yet SB 1322 seeks to supersede the state constitution – without voter approval – and allow the government to employ individuals who want to destroy their employer.”
Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for CRFI, said, “It really is shocking that at a time when America is still subject to attacks from radical terrorists and communist governments still terrorize their citizens, California Democrats won’t stand up for us. We have brave soldiers putting their lives on the line every day to defend us from such tyranny, but Democrats will not cast a simple vote to do the same here in California. Democrats are quick to side with the latest political cause championing the rights of the oppressed. With their votes today, Democrats have missed their opportunity to make a statement denouncing oppressive communist governments responsible for the misery and suffering of so many worldwide.”
SB 1322 comes from state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat elected from the state’s 27th District, including the towns of Artesia, Avalon, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount, Signal Hill and South Gate.
The state’s Civic Center Act already requires a school district to grant the use of school property, when an alternative isn’t available, to nonprofit groups, clubs or associations set up for youth and school activities.
“But the law also states that the property may not be used by anyone intent on overthrowing the government,” CRI said. Now, the group said, “SB 1322 would delete the requirement that an individual or organization wanting to use the school property is not a communist action organization or Communist front organization.”