Paul  Weyrich

The final bill, AB 14, prohibits state funding for any program that does not support a range of alternative sexual practices, including state-funded social services run by churches. This means that day-cares, preschools, after-school programs, food and housing programs, senior services, anti-gang efforts, job programs and others must all teach and accept homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality and all the other sexualities. It also forces every hospital in California, even private and religious hospitals, to adopt policies of support for the aforementioned sexualities and opens up non-profit organizations to lawsuits if they exclude members who engage in any such sexual conduct.

Governor Schwarzenegger rejected a bill to authorize same-sex marriage. Also, a year ago he vetoed bills similar to SB 777, AB 394 and AB 14, stating that existing state law already provided penalties for discrimination. Why he reversed himself now is unclear. He has not held a press conference or issued a statement on this legislation. But the harm his decision will do is clear if the law becomes effective on January 1, 2008 and is interpreted and implemented literally. It would turn California’s children over to those who want to indoctrinate them in perversion in order to validate their own lifestyle choices. Homosexual advocates are aware that there is no more captive audience than schoolchildren, both because they are impressionable and because education is compulsory, and have pursued their agenda aggressively through state legislators and bureaucrats. In California they may have succeeded in implementing intolerance for what, in every human society and culture, has been the understanding of men, women, marriage, sexuality and nature.

Those parents who can afford to pull their children from public schools and place them in private schools or homeschool them will probably do so. But most families cannot afford to do so. They will be forced to send their children to schools which expressly contradict their values. Multiple studies have shown the disastrous effect the breakdown of marriage has had on the poor—e.g., it keeps them in a vicious cycle of poverty. Now the Government of California plans to do more harm to the poor.

Sex has no place in educational institutions. It belongs at home, where parents have a responsibility to teach their children about it. But California’s politicians, intent upon using the power of law and manipulating public institutions to deny nature, control thought, speech and action, and force their perversion on others, want sex everywhere in public schools.

The Capitol Resource Institute in California has launched a referendum campaign to overturn SB 777. The group will need to secure 433,971 valid voter signatures within 90 days to qualify for the June 2008 ballot.

If the referendum is unsuccessful, be prepared for some momentum to spread east because California’s resources and population make California enormously influential. Textbook publishers will take note of this new legislation and amend their books accordingly in order to stay in business in the State.

We must make Americans aware of what is happening and be prepared to fight it. Either that or we must be prepared for the “tolerant” left to begin persecuting those who advocate social and cultural positions opposed to theirs. This is as gross an abuse of power as I have ever seen.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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