A school board member in California says those who oppose the state’s SB777, a law approved by last year’s legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that restricts public schools to teaching only positive perspectives of homosexuality, are “like Hitler.”
The report comes from Karen England of Capitol Resource Family Impact, which is working on the Save Our Kids campaign to assemble enough petition signatures in the state to put SB777 on the 2008 election ballot.
“Last night the West Covina Unified School Board took a bold stand for families and our values by voting to pass a resolution supporting the Save Our Kids initiative,” said England’s report. “This is the first local school board to publicly protest SB777 and its harmful policies.”
“Three brave members of the school board voted to support Save our Kids: Steve Cox, Mike Spence and Camie Poulos. However, two members refused to support the Save Our Kids resolution: George Fuller and Jessica Shewmaker,” she said.
“Just before the vote on the resolution occurred, board member Fuller actually declared that anyone who opposes SB777 and its sexual indoctrination is like Adolf Hitler. He asserted that there once was ‘a man who tried to rid the world of homosexuals; Hitler didn’t survive,'” she reported.
“Board member Spence demanded an immediate apology from Fuller for comparing citizens with traditional values to an evil dictator like Adolf Hitler. Fuller refused to apologize,” England said.
“We are extremely excited that the West Covina Unified School Board is supporting the protection of innocent children from sexual indoctrination,” England said. “But our victory here also revealed just how bigoted and hateful some school board members are. Board member George Fuller should publicly apologize to the citizens of his district and all Californians for comparing us to Adolf Hitler. This is shameful behavior from an elected school board member and his constituents should be very concerned this man is making decisions about their children’s education.
“We encourage every recipient of this email to contact West Covina Unified School Board members George Fuller and Jessica Shewmaker and ask why they did not support the Save Our Kids resolution,” she said. “Also, contact George Fuller and ask him why he won’t apologize for comparing citizens with traditional values to Adolf Hitler.”
“SB777 is a mandate for every school district, ending local control on sensitive issues,” the Save Our Kids website says. “SB777 normalizes homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality across the state, without room for local discretion on addressing these issues.”
England 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 in addition to the possible vote of the people.
The organization notes earlier state law already “establishes equal protection for every California public school student,” so that SB777 was unnecessary. It specifically requires: “No teacher shall give instruction nor shall a school district sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias” against homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality.”