California Anti-Family Indoctrination Bill Passes the Assembly

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California Governor Signs SB 777
Anti-Family Viewpoint Discrimination Now Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 13, 2007 -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 777 into law late on Friday evening.

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I am honestly shocked that Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 777, an anti-family viewpoint discrimination bill" said William B. May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good. "He vetoed a similar bill last year before the election."

In a press release issued by Catholics for the Common Good, May said, "SB 777 is a bill that will likely promote discrimination and bigotry against people who understand marriage is the foundation of the family that provides children with a mother and father. Thanks to Governor Schwarzenegger, viewpoint discrimination is now enshrined in California law." (See press release)

This anti-marriage and anti-family indoctrination bill passed the Assembly on September 11, after which it went to the Governor's desk. At the time, Catholics for the Common Good Chairman Bill May said, "SB 777 actually creates new forms of discrimination and could lead to censorship." Catholics for the Common Good issued a press release calling on Governor Schwarzenegger to veto this bill. Thousands of concerned citizens flooded the Governor's office with phone calls asking for his veto, but those call were ignored.

CCG Press Release: Governor signs SB 777

CCG Press Release: CCG Chair Calls for California Governor to Veto SB 777

Background: California SB 777- a Stealthy Attack on the Family

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CCG testimony against SB 777 given at the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing

CCG letter opposing SB 777

Parents' Rights and Education

#2221. The fecundity (fruits) of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely to the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and their spiritual formation. "The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute." The right and the duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

SB 777, purportedly introduced to reduce discrimination against homosexual, transgender, or bisexual persons at schools, is a bill which would actually hijack public funding to promote bigotry and discrimination against people subscribing to the Judeo-Christian understanding of human sexuality, marriage, and the family.

The bill also deletes the current definition of "sex" as a biological reality and replaces it with a concept of "gender" as preferred by the student.

"SB 777 leaves wide latitude for interpretation of what speech, behavior, instruction or activities would be seen to promote a discriminatory bias' against homosexual, bisexual, or transgender people," May stated. "Today, discussing the societal benefits of marriage between a man and a woman, and the vital need of children for a mother and father are being attacked as promoting a discriminatory bias against people embracing homosexual life styles."

"SB 777 is written so vaguely, that perceived threats of lawsuits could even lead to censoring of textbooks and books in school libraries," May asserted.

See "California SB 777- a Stealthy Attack on the Family" for important information on the ramifications of the bill.

About the Talking Points

These Talking Points are based on principles of Catholic social teachings and designed for a rational and effective public policy debate.

We have intentionally refrained from comments on sexual morality and homosexual behavior that could stigmatize people who experience same-sex attraction.

Individual sexual behavior is not the issue that threatens freedom for religious expression, marriage, the family, and the future of our children and grandchildren.

The threat is caused by the ongoing effort to co-opt the power of the state to promote a radical minority view and stifle rational dissent.

To focus arguments on homosexual behavior would be nothing but a distraction, and could also be interpreted by the media and the public as intolerant and promoting discrimination.

We understand that each person, as a manifestation of God's love destined for eternal life, has an intrinsic dignity that cannot be diminished by anything. Therefore, as followers of Christ, we are always called to respect and defend the dignity of the other - saint or sinner, friend or foe.

TALKING POINTS USED FOR SB 777:

SB 777 leaves wide latitude for interpretation of what speech, behavior, and activities would be seen to "promote a discriminatory bias" against homosexual, bisexual, or transgender people. The bill is flawed because of the many serious negative consequences for students, parents, and society. SB 777 would:

1. Promote new forms of bigotry and discrimination at schools against children and parents who hold differing rational views on human sexuality, marriage, and the family.

2. Create chaos and confusion, as schools struggle to deal with accommodations for varying gender preferences, diverting time and financial resources from the classroom.

3. Lead to lawsuits and censoring of books. The language of SB 777 is so vague that the threat of lawsuits under this bill would force school boards and teachers to present only one point of view and could even lead to the censoring of books in school libraries.

4. Interfere with parental rights and turn children against their parents. A conflict would be created between the state and the rights and responsibilities of parents as primary educators. Parents have an obligation to instill in their children the rational values that they understand will contribute to the children's flourishing. Presenting the parents' beliefs on marriage and sexuality as discriminatory and bigoted will also have the effect of turning children against their parents and undermining parental authority.



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