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WND Fearmongers That CA's FAIR Education Act Might Lead To "Social" Or "Sexual Indoctrination"

July 18, 2011 4:42 pm ET

A WorldNetDaily column fearmongered that a recently signed history law in California might lead to "social" or "sexual indoctrination." The new law merely adds the LGBT community to an existing list of minority groups whose contributions must be taught in public schools.

WND Fearmongers Over CA's Fair Education Act

WorldNetDaily Suggests That CA Law Could Lead To "Social" Or "Sexual Indoctrination." From a July 18 WorldNetDaily column by Barbara Simpson headlined, "Social/sexual indoctrination?":

You name it -- from taxation, to regulations, to the "green agenda," to control of land and development and business and whatever else it wants, liberals control the Legislature and get pretty much what they want.

The latest is the culmination of what has been a slow but sure series of attacks on education, public schools, children and parental rights.

Last week, the governor signed into law S.B. 48 -- "The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act" -- which requires schools teach lessons highlighting alternative sexual lifestyles and the people who choose them - homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.

It requires "that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans are included and recognized for their important historical contributions to the economic, political, and social development of California."

It takes effect in January 2012.

The sexual material will be infiltrated into social studies and wherever else it can be inserted. It essentially requires that homosexuality be shown positively and as an equal and acceptable alternative lifestyle.

Parents will not be able to control content, will not be notified and cannot refuse to have their child participate in such lessons.


Now, with a stroke of his pen, Brown makes California the first state in the union to require students be taught about the history and contributions of homosexuals.

We're told students will be safer and respected, engendering a better understanding of homosexuals and increasing their ability to learn.

But, it's also instigating a social agenda that's a slap in the face of tradition, history, a decent education and the rights of parents to control and protect their children's upbringing.

Any doubts about social agenda? Laws already require teaching about minority groups -- women, blacks, Mexicans Asians, Europeans, American Indians and whatever else the state considers an underrepresented cultural and ethnic group.

Whatever happened to readin', writin' and 'rithmetic?

When is there time for those classes?

Our kids can barely read, can't write worth diddly and can't do even the simplest math.

Students who get all As and Bs, fail the high-school pre-graduation test, which is administered in the 11th grade but tests with material at middle-school level.

We actually have some of those "really smart" students who get the grades but not the content complain after failing that grad test that they didn't pass because the test was in English!

How do you get on the honor roll yet fail a middle-school content test -- and worse, not be able to speak English?

I'll tell you how -- go to public school in California.

But at least you'll know all about homosexuality. [WND.com, 7/18/11]

CA Law Merely Adds LGBT Americans To List Of Minority Groups Whose Contributions To History Must Be Taught

LA Times: Law Requires That "School Textbooks And History Lessons Include Contributions Of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Americans." The Los Angeles Times reported:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday making California the first state to require that school textbooks and history lessons include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.


In accepting a mandate that California students be taught the accomplishments of gays and lesbians, Brown said that "history should be honest." The bill, he said in a statement, "revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.'' [Los Angeles Times7/15/11]

Sac. Bee: Law Ensures That Historical Contributions Of LGBT Americans Are Included In CA Curriculum. The Sacramento Bee reported that the reform act "requires public instruction in social sciences to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as people with disabilities and members of other cultural groups." The article further reported:

It would prohibit teaching from textbooks or other instructional materials that reflect adversely on people because of their sexual orientation. [Sacramento Bee7/14/11]

SF Chronicle: New Law Adds Two Groups To "Existing List Of Minority Groups That Are Required To Be Part Of The Social Sciences Curriculum." The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California's budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015.

"History should be honest," Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. "This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books."

The governor called the legislation, SB48, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, "historic."

The law -- the first of its kind in the nation -- adds the two groups to an existing list of minority and other groups that are required to be part of the social sciences curriculum. [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/15/11]

AP: California "Already Requires Schools" To Teach About Women, African Americans, Mexican Americans," And Other Cultural Groups. Associated Press reported:

California law already requires schools to teach about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor. The Legislature over the years also has prescribed specific lessons about the Irish potato famine and the Holocaust, among other topics.

The new law, SB48, requires the California Board of Education and local school districts to adopt textbooks and other teaching materials that cover the contributions and roles of sexual minorities, as soon as the 2013-2014 school year. [Associated Press, 7/14/11]

WND's Unruh Previously Attacked Bill As "Sexual Brainwashing"

WorldNetDaily: "Democrats Advance 'Lesbians-As-Role Models' Plan." Bob Unruh devoted a WorldNetDaily article headlined "Democrats advance 'lesbians-as-role models' plan," to advancing the argument by anti-gay activist Randy Thomasson that California legislation is "target[ing] children for sexual brainwashing":

A band of six Democrats in the California state Senate voted today to advance a bill that has been described as "the worst school sexual indoctrination ever" and would require that school children be taught to admire "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual" role models.

S.B. 48 is sponsored by state Sen. Mark Leno, who boasts on his website of founding a business with his "life partner, Douglas Jackson," who later died of AIDS complications.

Randy Thomasson of the family-promoting SaveCalifornia.com said parents "don't want and children don't need 'LGBTIQ' role models in school."


In a letter to Rep. Alan Lowenthall, chairman of the Senate Education Committee where the vote - six Democrats in favor and three Republicans opposed - was recorded, Thomasson's organization had opposed the plan.

"On behalf of the millions of parents we serve and the children they love, please oppose S.B. 48, which is the most radical sexual indoctrination ever of children in California public schools, which are supposed to be about academics," the letter said.

"S.B. 48 is intolerant. It would force - much more than recommend - all local school boards, public school teachers, and history textbooks to teach children as young as kindergarten to admire 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans' as their personal role models," he wrote.

"Fathers and mothers who love their children and want moral values for their children cannot trust Democrat legislators, homosexuals or teacher unions, all of which conspired to push forward this perverse bill," he told WND. [WND.com, 3/23/11]

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