CA SB 777: The Culture Wars Come To California’s Classrooms
The Albert Mohler Radio Program
Monday, October 22, 2007
When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Bill 777 from California’s state senate into law, he ignited a storm of controversy across the country. Proponents of the law are arguing that it is simply intended to protect GLBT students from harassment, but as Karen England notes, the bill’s language is vague enough that it could be used to demand that curricula and policies be revised to do away with material that portrays traditional families as an ideal.
Here are some transcripts from the radio programme.
…this new law would mean if you make reference to a family as meaning a man and a woman together you could be charged with discriminatory intent.
…In California we have changed the legal definition of gender. It is not the gender you were born with but the gender you believe you are that day…
If I wake up and I’m a boy physically but I think I’m a girl that day, the law has to treat me as a girl.This means if I am a boy who want’s to access the girls rest rooms the law has to allow me otherwise you are promoting a discriminatory bias against my gender.
…Your child who you think to be a boy could be in school all day demanding to be treated as a girl, he could be David to you and Darlene at school. At school the teacher is required to required him as a girl, to call him by the girls name he chooses, to let him go to the girls bathroom, change his clothes in the girls locker room, he hangs around with the girls. considers himself a girl, has to be referred to as ‘she’, and in every way recognised as a girl, because that’s what this student demand would be and yet when Darlene’s parents David presenting himself as Darlene, when the student’s parents come in unless the student explicitly gives the school the authority to reveal this the parents just assumes he is David at school just the same as everywhere else. You are talking about children, you are talking about young children. This is some of the scariest stuff I have ever heard. This is not proposed policy that is now the actual policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District Ref 1557 from the office of general Council from the LA Unified School District…