Homosexual activists gear up in spite of California vetoes
By Olivia St. John
California public school parents are breathing a sigh of relief today as two bills indoctrinating children into homosexual lifestyles have been vetoed by the governor. According to the Campaign for Children and Families, Governor Schwarzenegger late on Thursday "vetoed AB 606 which would have required school policies promoting transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality under threat of yanking state funding, and AB 1056 which would have spent $250,000 to establish 10 so-called ‘tolerance' schools promoting all kinds of sexual lifestyles."
"We thank God that children in California public schools will be protected from this direct assault for one more year," said Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) President Randy Thomasson. "The Democrat politicians and teacher unions are relentlessly pushing to sexually indoctrinate kids."
The battle is far from over considering Schwarzenegger supports much of the transsexual-bisexual-homosexual agenda. Hardly comforting are the reasons Schwarzenegger gave in response to vetoing these bills. In his statements to the California General Assembly, Schwarzenegger indicated that he vetoed AB 606 due to fiscal reasons and he vetoed AB 1056 because of its similarity to another bill providing avenues "to teach about tolerance and human rights."
One has to ask the question: Is he implying that families objecting to their children being taught full acceptance of all types of sexual lifestyles are intolerant and disrespectful of basic human rights? If so, that is not the case. These families simply want to retain the freedom to teach their children their own values rather than have them dictated by the state.
We are engaged in a cultural war on our nation's school campuses. Homosexual activists have geared up for the fight with fervor while in too many cases conservative parents are asleep, thinking their public school district is immune to the agenda. It is already very late in the battle and the forces are in full attack mode, but as more and more parents awaken to the realities and join pro-family groups in making their concerns heard and pull their children from the public schools, progress will be made. Government schools suffer for each student leaving and market forces speak louder than words in any business enterprise.
In last year's Power Summit sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, organized "to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement at the state and local level," attendees were motivated by dedicated homosexual activists "to build powerful state and local campaigns, organizations, and coalitions … intended to help equip activists in every city and state with the tools necessary to mobilize their communities around critical public policy issues such as those currently being faced in California." The Summit included attendees from throughout the southwest, making crystal clear that this isn't about one state, it's about our whole nation at risk as these groups organize across entire regions.
Alarmingly "a 15-year strategy has been agreed to by all the major [gay] organizational players." According to an American Prospect article by E.J. Graff, resident scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center, "Funding is in place, and new tactics are being developed and tested in this year's biggest clashes with anti-gay groups."
Homosexual groups, according to Graff, are planning to "play hardball politics" not only in California, but across our nation in upcoming elections. Legislators resisting the homosexual agenda are being targeted for defeat while campaigns supporting "gay-friendly Democrats" are well funded and organized. Are conservatives willing to sit idly by in their church pews thinking political wildfires lit by homosexual activists will not affect the moral values of their children in the schools?
While many parents pride themselves on participating in PTAs and discussing funding for the latest school beautification project or book fair, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents are likely being urged into activism in those same schools. Pro-homosexual groups like Family Pride and the Human Rights Campaign directly approach administrators and teachers with an overall strategy firmly in mind. According to CitizenLink.com, they are encouraged to sit on parent committees, chaperone field trips, and even attend the first Parent Teacher Assocation (PTA) meeting together to be introduced as a lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, or transgender couple.
Barbara McPherson, legislative affairs coordinator for the California Family Council said, "Parents from traditional and Christian families face real challenges when trying to talk with their children about this and to understand that tolerance and acceptance are two different things."
Perhaps the biggest issue being tragically overlooked is the fact that many of these sexually charged perversion issues are not age-appropriate to discuss with young children, particularly those in grammar school.
The homosexual activists want our children because, as Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."
What an insightful statement from a president who happened to be home educated.
Olivia St. John is a freelance writer with almost 20 years of experience as a home educator. Her work has been featured in several online publications and she is currently working on a book promoting home education.