|California bans "mum" and "dad" from schoolbooks|
|Saturday, 13 October 2007 10:35|
This link from my friend Tony. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law a controversial new bill which will prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in the classroom. SB777 will require language that discriminates against persons of a different sexual orientation be removed from schoolbooks. Phrases such as "mother" and "father", "husband" and "wife" and any other type of language that reinforces the belief that it is natural or normal for a man to have a relationship with a woman, are now against the law. As a result of the new legislation, many schoolbooks will have to be reprinted, and it is believed that the Californian law will have a knock-on effect in other states, who may not want to have to pay extra for a different set of school books.
Quote: ""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 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. "Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic – not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation," she said.
The law will also permit transgendered and transvestite children to use restrooms belonging to the opposite gender. Rather than encouraging tolerance, schools in California will be forcing children as young as five to be partakers of other men's sins. It's horrific to think what children have to put up with in today's schools.
The following news wasn't widely reported on the internet. In fact doing a Google search for it, I can't see any of the main UK news outlets covering this story (BBC, Reuters, etc). Perhaps it doesn't fit in with their political agenda. In January of this year the Labour government passed new laws in this country, prohibiting discrimination against a person on the grounds of sexuality. For example, a Christian bookshop could be sued for creating an environment intimidating to homosexuals, if they stocked a certain book condemning their lifestyle. A bed and breakfast could be sued for refusing board to homosexuals. And the following has already happened, a Christian-run printing business was sued for refusing to print material promoting homosexuality, even after recommending somewhere else that would. The laws were passed in Northern Ireland first, then Scotland, followed by England and Wales. Northern Ireland is the most conservative part of the UK, due to large communities of both Protestants and Catholics. There is no doubt a majority of the people would have opposed laws such as this, but the legislation was rammed through and the government only allowed a few weeks for public consultation. The Christian Institute launched a bid to have the legislation postponed until a proper debate could be held on the subject, and Christian lawyers petitioned the Queen over the new laws, which would discriminate unfairly against Christian-owned businesses. All these efforts came to nothing. But last month, the new laws were thrown out by a Belfast judge, who stated they would discriminate unfairly against those who held a moral or religious conviction about homosexuality.
Quote: "Mr Justice Weatherup struck down the 'harassment' provisions of the Northern Ireland sexual orientation regulations. This means Christians cannot be sued for expressing their opposition to homosexual practice. The judge also ruled that religious liberty may be significantly affected by the regulations in individual cases which may come before the courts. The judge added that in such cases County Courts in Northern Ireland should consider the principles of the Brockie case from Canada. In that case a court ruled that a Christian printer should not be forced to print material which goes against his core religious beliefs, but that a Christian printer must be willing to print other material, such as letterhead, for homosexual customers. Today's ruling also narrows the sexual orientation regulations in Northern Ireland so that they cannot apply to the school curriculum or affect every activity of a faith-based group which receives some public funding (only the specific activity for which a faith-based group receives public funding will be affected).
Praise God there are some good judges left in this country. Shame about the government though, which is the most morally and spiritually bankrupt one we have ever had. The book of Daniel states that in the last days, the Antichrist will seek to change times and laws, and that these will be given into his hand for a 3.5 year period (Daniel 7:25). The law of God in the hearts of believers is holding back the tide of sin, but there will come a time when the Holy Spirit's influence through the Church will be taken out of the way (2nd Thessalonians 2:7), and then the wicked one will be revealed. Have your sins been washed away? Will you go to be with Christ when He comes for His Bride? Trust in Jesus Christ for salvation today.