California state lawmaker Mark Leno
A band of six Democrats in the California state Senate voted today to advance a bill that has been described as “the worst school sexual indoctrination ever” and would require that school children be taught to admire “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual” role models.
Randy Thomasson of the family-promoting SaveCalifornia.com said parents “don’t want and children don’t need ‘LGBTIQ’ role models in school.”
“S.B. 48 micromanages public schools by forcing teachers, administrators, local school boards, textbooks, and instructional materials to promote a gaggle of sexual lifestyles that disturb parents and confuse kids,” Thomasson said. “This costly state mandate targets children for sexual brainwashing, behind the backs of parents, teaching boys and girls to admire those who engage in homosexual, bisexual or transsexual behavior.”
He explained that if S.B. 48 becomes law, children as young as 6 years old will be subjected to mandatory lessons about same-sex “marriage,” bisexuality and individuals who choose to undergo sex-change operations.
“Children will be taught to support the political activism of ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning’ (LGBTIQ) political groups, as the bill requires ‘particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society,’” he explained in a warning to parents about the dangers their children face in public schools.
“Teachers will be made to positively portray homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriages,’ bisexuality, and transsexuality (sex-changes operations), because to be silent can bring the charge of ‘reflecting adversely,’” he said.
And Thomasson warned school boards will be required to select textbooks and other instructional materials that positively portray sex-change operations, same-sex ‘marriages’ and more.
In a letter to Rep. Alan Lowenthall, chairman of the Senate Education Committee where the vote – six Democrats in favor and three Republicans opposed – was recorded, Thomasson’s organization had opposed the plan.
“On behalf of the millions of
parents we serve and the children they love, please oppose S.B. 48, which is the most radical sexual indoctrination
ever of children in California public schools, which are supposed to be about academics,” the letter said.
“S.B. 48 is intolerant. It would force – much more than recommend – all local school boards, public school
teachers, and history textbooks to teach children as young as kindergarten to admire ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender Americans’ as their personal role models,” he wrote.
“Fathers and mothers who love their children and want moral values for their children cannot trust Democrat legislators, homosexuals or teacher unions, all of which conspired to push forward this perverse bill,” he told WND.
Thomasson’s SaveCalifornia.com, which was a key player in the battle in the state in 2007 and 2008 over a variety of laws that now forbid any “adverse” portrayal of alternative sexual choices in school, class, curriculum and by teachers, now also promotes the RescueYourChild.com website, which advocates for parents to take their children out of government schools.
Equality California, an organization that advocates for homosexuality, said others sponsoring the plan include Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego; and Assembly members Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco; Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; Rich Gordon, D-San Mateo; and Ricardo Lara, D-East Los Angeles.
On his state website, Leno expressed his worry: “Most textbooks don’t include any historical information about the LGBT movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history.”
“Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people. We can’t simultaneously tell youth that it’s OK to be yourself and live an honest, open life when we aren’t even teaching students about historical LGBT figures or the LGBT equal rights movement,” he said.
SaveCalifornia.com, however, says such a teaching plan “is radical, in-your-face sexual indoctrination that parents genuinely don’t want and children certainly don’t need.”
The California Legislative Counsel’s commentary on the bill affirms it would “require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans … to the development of California and the United States.”
It also would require “alternative and charter schools” to “take notice of the provisions of this bill.”
The law itself requires that schools teach “particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
Thomasson told WND that this is the next progression following many earlier laws adopted in California that serve the dual purpose of cracking down on traditional families and promoting the “alternatives.”
“The California public schools are no longer safe places for boys and girls morally,” he told WND. “This new bill, S.B. 48, reflects the desire of the Democrat state legislators to recruit boys and girls to support the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda both personally and publicly.”
That followed work by the legislature and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law. The measures institutionalized the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices by banning any “adverse” references in schools.
Homosexual former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
At the time, 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 transexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of ‘anti-harassment’ training.”
Those laws ban in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, according to Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
But there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
California also has mandated that public schools honor Harvey Milk – a homosexual activist and reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
The bill designates May 22 – Milk’s birthday – a date of “special significance” and encourages all California public schools to “conduct suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this state.”