Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Great Gender Surrender

My Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has signed CA SB777, "Student Civil Rights Act", a bill which protects against gender based discrimination in public school settings. It also recognizes sex as socially constructed, and redefines it as self-identified gender.

Excerpts from the bill:
Existing law prohibits the State Board of Education and the governing board of a school district from adopting for use in the public schools any instructional materials that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.

This bill would revise the list of prohibited bases of discrimination and the kinds of prohibited instruction, activities, and instructional materials and instead, would refer to disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic contained in the definition of hate
crimes that is contained in the Penal Code. The bill would define disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation for this purpose.
OK, call me a flaming liberal loon circling the moon on a bicycle, but, I think that's a good thing. I don't see how anyone can argue that providing protection against discrimination is bad. But, it is instructional to understand how opponents construct and understand their argument. Bear with me. This is both amusing, maddening, and informative.

From the Right:
"We are shocked and appalled that the governor has blatantly attacked traditional family values in California," said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute.
I don't know, but my family never valued discrimination. We had a saying, "People are people." Kind of simple, really.

Is this an argument to appeal to supporters of public schools, i.e., liberals?
"With this decision, Gov. Schwarzenegger has told parents that their values are irrelevant. Many parents will have no choice but to pull their children out of the public schools that have now become sexualized indoctrination centers."

High drama:
"Arnold Schwarzenegger has delivered young children into the hands of those who will introduce them to alternative sexual lifestyles," said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, which worked to defeat the plans. "This means children as young as five years old will be mentally molested in school classrooms."

"Shame on Schwarzenegger and the Democrat politicians for ensuring that every California school becomes a homosexual-bisexual-transsexual indoctrination center," he said.
OK, not exposed to discrimination = mental molestation. I see.

Bigots Across America Call to Action:
Analysts have warned that schools across the nation will be impacted by the decision, since textbook publishers must cater to their largest purchaser, which often is California, and they will be unlikely to go to the expense of having a separate edition for other states.

Gratuitous "Duh Statement":
There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however.

Argument supporting the right to hate and discriminate:
"SB 777 will result in reverse discrimination against students with religious and traditional family values," said Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute." These students [who discriminate] 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.

Casting bigotry as moral "high ground":
"It's the height of intolerance to punish individuals, organizations, businesses, and churches that have moral standards on sexual conduct and sexual lifestyles," said Thomasson, in response to the signing of AB14. "This is another insensitive law that violates people's moral boundaries."

Admission of guilt:
"The shocking hate mail we received shows that those behind this legislation do not promote true tolerance," said England. "Only politically correct speech will be tolerated. Those with religious or traditional moral beliefs [who discriminate] will not be allowed to express their opinions in public schools."
Apparently, religious and traditional moral beliefs are founded on discrimination? Says who? Never mind, that is another post for another day.

Gratuitous dig at California from another Daily Nut article:
"Thus, under this latest advance toward a Brave New World of polymorphous perversion, California textbooks will no longer be able to use words like 'mother and father' and 'husband and wife,' because they suggest that heterosexuality is the norm – even though that is manifestly the case, even in California."
Even in California. I kinda think that's cute.

What it boils down to:
"California parents who don't want to see their children subjected to gender indoctrination will now have no alternative but to withdraw from the public education system – which they will be required to fund, nonetheless," Carlson said.
It's really about taxes and having to pay for public school because public school tends to prohibit faith and the art of suspended belief training. Really.

Want to read something else freaky? Google "Exodus Mandate." You'll be sorry.

OK, rant off.

P.S. Point goes to Terminator.

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