Pray For the Restoration and Revival of Our Otherwise Late Great State
Below is the text of an e-mail I received regarding legislation before the California Assembly, followed by my response. I have had quite enough of this absolute nonsense, and though I suspect the sender will remove me from the mailing list, I hit reply all and let anybody who cared know my thoughts on this subject. Fundamentalism is, in my opinion, anathema to the teachings of Jesus, and is anathema to the workings of the human heart. It must be faced down wherever it rears its ugly head, and bitch-slapped back to the bitter, scabrous womb of its unholy birth. I have made bold certain parts for capricious effect.
Subject: Fwd: SB 1437 passes Assembly! CWA of California Action Alert 8-22-06
God Bless You All -
Well, the wicked never rest! SB 1437 passes Assembly: "On Monday afternoon, SB 1437 passed the Assembly on a largely party-line 47-31 vote. Several conservative Republican assembly members spoke out boldly, but the arrogant majority prevailed making its desires clear.
Nothing short of homosexual, bisexual and transgender indoctrination in our schools will please them." (See article below.) Contacting the governor's office requesting that Governor Schwarzeneger vetoe the following three bills now on his desk (AB 606, AB 1056, and SB 1437) is what as many people as possible should do NOW to protect our children and the vestige of integrity remaining in our public schools.
We must continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the Restoration and Revival of our otherwise Late Great State.
CWA of California wrote:
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 12:03:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: CWA of California email@example.com
Subject: SB 1437 passes Assembly! CWA of California Action Alert 8-22-06
CWA of California Action Alert August 22, 2006
Demand Veto of Pro-Homosexual Education
Bills Don't delay! California's children need your prayers and action
On Monday afternoon, SB 1437 passed the Assembly on a largely party-line 47-31 vote. Several conservative Republican assembly members spoke out boldly, but the arrogant majority prevailed making its desires clear. Nothing short of homosexual,
bisexual and transgender indoctrination in our schools will please them. In floor comments, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) called opponents of SB 1437 a "shrill and diminishing minority." Pastors, church leaders, parents and common sense Californians, the battle lines have been drawn. Will we offer our children willingly or fight for them? Our children must not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. It's time to get off the sidelines and into the game.
Action: Please contact Gov. SchwarzeneggerÃ¯Â¿Â½s office and ask him to veto AB 606, AB 1056, AB 2560 and SB 1437 and SB 1441. Below are phone and fax numbers to his offices throughout the state. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to www.govmail.ca.gov.
Please place "Veto AB 606, AB 1056, AB 2560, SB 1437 and SB 1441" in the subject line.
Office location - Phone - Fax
Sacramento - (916) 445-2841 - (916) 445-4633
Fresno - (559) 445-5295 - (559) 445-5328
Los Angeles - (213) 897-0322 - (213) 897-0319
Riverside - (951) 680-6860 - (951) 680-6863
San Diego - (619) 525-4641 - (619) 525-4640
San Francisco - (415) 703-2218 - (415) 703-2803
What these bills do:
AB 606 requires school districts to establish and publicize antidiscrimination and antiharassment policies based on transgenderism and sexual orientation or risk losing state funds. The bill also repeals an exemption in prior legislation that
allowed schools to opt out of curriculum, textbook changes, programs and activities that promote homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism in schools. This change removes local autonomy and forces school districts to follow new laws like SB 1437 and whatever else liberal legislators have planned for our children.
AB 1056 is a "Tolerance Education Pilot Program" that will be implemented in the history/social science curricula of 10 schools (kindergarten through grade 12). (Bear in mind that pilot programs often become universal ones, just as recommendations eventually become requirements.) The programs should address "actual or perceived"
gender and sexual orientation. AB 1056 goes so far as to define tolerance by stating,"Tolerance does not mean a passive allowance or indulgence of the beliefs or practices of another individual." Will children then be forced to actively accept cross-
dressing, homosexual and bisexual behaviors as normal? We can teach our children to be kind to each other without teaching "respect" for dangerous and unhealthy behaviors.
AB 2560 will expand the number of school health centers, 40 percent of which provide sexual counseling and contraceptives to students without parental knowledge.
SB 1437 prohibits any teacher from giving instruction or schools from sponsoring
activities that "reflect adversely" upon persons because of their actual or perceived "gender" or "sexual orientation." Further, no textbooks or instructional materials may be adopted that contain any information that could be considered "adverse"
to anyone's "gender" or "sexual orientation." This bill would effectively silence opposition to the normalization of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism in our schools.
SB 1441 prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" in state operated agencies or any programs that accept state funds. There is no religious exemption. This means, for example, that Christian colleges, faith-based daycare centers and any other ministries that receive any funds from the state would be forced to comply. Catholic Charities in Boston and San Francisco have recently closed their successful adoption programs for this very reason.
For more information:
Download AB 606 talking points or a sample letter.
Download AB 1056 talking points or a sample letter.
Download AB 2560 talking points or a sample letter.
Download SB 1437 talking points or a sample letter.
Download SB 1441 talking points or a sample letter.
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Subject: Re: Fwd: SB 1437 passes Assembly! CWA of California Action Alert 8-22-06
Date: Aug 22, 2006 7:36 PM
Please do not send me anything this hateful again.
Our troops continue to die in a war based on lies. The middle class has been eviscerated by corporations whose bottom-line mentality leaves families desperately struggling just to make ends meet. Poor Americans vote against their interests because they are led to believe that God somehow favors the billionaires who mislead them into ignorance, intolerance and outright hysteria. Women are to be turned into handmaidens, their reproductive organs now under the dominion of the State--ironic that so-called small-government conservatives would champion such a rapacious violation of human dignity and human rights. The air is fouled by profiteers while Hummers race along brandishing "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers. Pharmaceutical companies make sweet-heart deals with congressmen who gladly do their bidding, controlling and monopolizing markets while consumers are made to pay, pay, pay--profits soar. Rates of asthma among children rise as fumes from internal combustion engines belch toxins into the air. Credit Card companies recruit young Americans like drug dealers at interest rates that go well past usury. The President defies our Constitution and Corporate Media scratches its head and yawns. We are spied upon by our government without warrants, which can be obtained retroactively but they don't even bother anymore, because after all the Constitution is passe. Billions of dollars of profit are made from the bloodshed in Iraq, greed and bribes infect our elected officials, New Orleans was allowed to drown with an indifference that revealed the callow nature of those who claim the moral high ground. Our cars have the worst MPG standards in the world, and our secular institutions are under assault from the very people who benefit from the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, a freedom that reaches out to all faiths and non-believers alike.
All of these serious issues and more effect the lives of millions of Americans every day and what does Karl Rove and Pat Robertson et al get people in a tizzy about? The awful scourge of people who love each other in a fashion not approved by fundamentalists! Substitute the word "gay" for "Jew" (for is not a Jew born a Jew, and is not a gay born a gay?--please explain why anyone would invite a lifetime of enmity and indictment by choosing to be gay?). Shall we have them wear patches next? Perhaps we can tatoo their arms and move them to camps? For shame on all who would ignore Jesus' words: That which you do to them you do to me.
(edit)... has seen fit to include me in this histrionic, misdirected and clearly bigoted message for reasons that escape me. He must surely know that if God's love is boundless why is there so much poison in the hearts of believers? What good is the new covenant if it serves only to trumpet the primitive tribal repressions of the Old Testament?
This is painful, that I live in a country with such hatred, such distrust, such intolerance. The last time Europe was run by religious dogma was some centuries back: it is referred to as The Dark Ages.
A few quotes from the e-mail, with my comments:
"Will children then be forced to actively accept cross- dressing, homosexual and bisexual behaviors as normal?" No one will ever have the right to deny another person the right to his or her opinion, so this is just poppycock. Try this: "Will children then be forced to actively accept people who think Jesus is going to fly down from heaven and kill the non-believers as normal?" Again, the answer is no.
"We can teach our children to be kind to each other without teaching "respect" for dangerous and unhealthy behaviors." Who defines what is dangerous and unhealthy? Eating fast food in large quantities is dangerous and unhealthy--why haven't I received an e-mail denouncing fast food? The levels of Type II Diabetes (the type that historically affected only older Americans) among our nation's youth is at an all time high--where is the hue and cry to stop this costly and dangerous epidemic?
"This bill would effectively silence opposition to the normalization of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism in our schools." Public schools are paid for by taxpayer dollars. They are institutions of learning, not factories for one religious group's fears and bigotry. Think back on your school years: was it part of the curriculum to attack the rights and beliefs of others? Perhaps such teachings were encouraged under the Taliban, but here? Who and what are we? What if Christians were not a majority, but instead a maligned minority? Would we point them out in our schools as freaks, fools, ignorant sheep? It is ghastly that so many who seek the Garden of Eternal Paradise cannot trust anyone who doesn't fit their world view. And you wonder why our children's science scores plummet.
"There is no religious exemption. This means, for example, that Christian colleges, faith-based daycare centers and any other ministries that receive any funds from the state would be forced to comply. Catholic Charities in Boston and San Francisco have recently closed their successful adoption programs for this very reason." You don't have to close a religious school--you are free to spew hatred and homophobia to your hearts' content, but I will be damned if you are going to take my tax dollars to fund your atavistic, discriminatory policies. Repeat: if you can't fund your hateful teachings yourselves do not expect the State to bail you out without anti-discrimination statutes being enforced.
I apologize to anyone who is offended by my remarks, and I ask only that you search your hearts before you go seeking the mote in your enemies' eyes: pluck instead the beam from your own. While real problems attack American families, from sub-standard healthcare (over 40 million of our nation's youth have no health care at all) to pollution to wars that profit our wealthiest while our soldiers die (not to mention those who suffer mentally, and those who have lost limbs, or been horribly scarred in this endless war on a noun: Terror). Listen up: the bogey man ain't wearing no dress--the bogeyman picks your pocket and sends your children off to die in lands far away, and the easily misdirected eat it up.
Last add (not in my e-mail response): Well, I had my say. No one has to take this garbage from anyone, anywhere, anymore. You want spine? Here-it-the-fuck-is. If someone tells you that you are wicked, or that you defend the wicked (whatever the bloody dish-rag that is) just tell them wickedness reigns in those who cannot see god in all of the creation. Like Grandma Lipshitz used to say: if your god is not a totality ask to speak with a supervisor.