After a rocky road of legislation challenging parental and
religious rights at every turn over the past months in California,
public schools continue to be a breeding ground for policies geared
to eradicate all Christian influences from students.
In a state where
public schools are required to celebrate Harvey Milk Day ─ to
honor a child sexual predator in the name of "gay" rights ─ the
battle is on to keep the government from essentially declaring war
on everything Christian.
And just what kinds of challenges are parents already up against
in the Golden State?
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown
recently signed SB 1172, which bans parents from being allowed
to seek counseling for children who think they are homosexual. He
signed AB 2109 so that children can be injected with
potentially dangerous vaccinations without parental consent. In
addition, Brown has signed AB
1856, which forces foster parents to positively support
homosexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing and sex changes among
abused kids in their care.
But that's not all that California residents have to contend
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With the aforementioned obstacles to religious rights and
parental authority already in play, a lawsuit was waged last week
to keep a Southern California school district from denying a
Christian group equal access to school facilities.
After warning the Buena Park School District for months about
its alleged unconstitutional discrimination against the Child Evangelism
Fellowship of West Orange County, the American Center for Law
& Justice sued the district on the Christian organization's
behalf. Instead of granting CEFWOC the same equal access it allows
the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other non-religious
organizations, the BPSD declared that the fellowship would have to
pay an annual fee of $4,255 to meet after hours on school property
─ when other clubs are allowed to meet there for free.
Even though the Christian club was designed as a means to let
students, after school hours, participate in educational and
recreational activities with a biblical perspective, the district
argued that the meetings were considered religious services and
therefore denied the club classroom space last spring ─ because no
payment was submitted.
"It's stunning that in the
roughly quarter-century since the Supreme Court began deciding a
series of cases that guaranteed Christian groups equal access to
schools that some public school districts - indeed some entire
states - simply haven't gotten the message," said ACLJ senior
counsel David French. "Religious censors are nothing if not
inventive, and the justification for this blatant discrimination
was a discriminatory California law requiring schools to charge
outside groups for access to schools for 'religious services.'"
French notes that when it comes to religious speech, schools
offer anything but an equal playing field.
"Aside from the fact that Child Evangelism Fellowship isn't
holding 'religious services,' this law represents the latest effort
at treating religious speech as different in kind - with inferior
constitutional protections - than other forms of speech," French
contends. "Defending hard-won religious freedoms requires constant
Despite the fact that court rulings have backed religious
expression within public schools for generations, French points out
that blatant viewpoint discrimination at the hands of the secular
political agenda espoused on campuses prevails today.
"Religious censors still exist, and even decades of court
precedent haven't persuaded them to stand down," French maintains.
"Their goal remains the same - to shove religious expression to the
margins of public life."
Solving the equal access equation
While the ACLJ's Child Evangelism Fellowship lawsuit moves
forward, it is celebrating a victory from another equal access
battle in California earlier this month. The Christian legal
group warned a public school in a letter on a local church's behalf
that the church has a legal right to equal access on campus to
distribute materials on release time religious and moral
"Under California law, parents are permtted to request that
their children be released from school supervision for a limited
period every month in order for their child to receive religious
and moral instruction that the child does not receive from the
public school," asserts ACLJ senior counsel CeCe Heil, who did not
disclose the name of the school or church, since an agreement was
made prior to legal action. "Unfortunately, the school district had
a policy that prohibited anyone from distributing 'religious
materials' including information related to the release time
religious and moral instruction that was authorized under state
This censorship was explicitly geared to silence Christian
religious viewpoints in a political climate that only tolerated
"To make matters worse, the district allowed distribution of
secular materials and specifically targeted religious materials for
discrimination," Heil added, noting that the school's policy was a
classic case of viewpoint discrimination against religious speech ─
in violation of the First Amendment. She further notes that the
school district's policy was "inconsistent with the state law,
which allows supervised release time for religious and moral
More California legislation causing
Meanwhile, other recent bills that fly in the face of biblical
beliefs could have profound effects both on campus and at home.
Besides Gov. Brown
signing SB 1140, which paves the way for same-sex "marriage,"
California State Assembly member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)
introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 43,
which passed several weeks ago, as state legislators now
petition President Obama and Congress to include sexual orientation
and gender identity in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws
under so-called "queer rights."
"While California offers some of the most expansive protections
for LGBTQ individuals, without a comprehensive response by the
federal government, many LGBTQ Americans continue to be at the
mercy of state and local laws that can either protect them or
target them for discrimination," states Lara, who equates
individuals' choice in sexual behavior with race.
"There have been recent gains in federal protections, however
nothing can match the safeguards, symbolism and promise of equality
for all people like the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender
identity alongside 'race, color, sex, national origin, and
religion' in our nation's landmark federal antidiscrimination
Brown also inserted his leftist ideologies when it comes to the
sanctity of human life,
recently signing SB 623 to reauthorize certain nurse
practitioners, physician assistants and nurse midwives to terminate
preborn children. This state bill is said to violate the rights of
conscience of those in the medical field with sincerely held
And even though Brown recently
vetoed SB 1476, which would have allowed a child to have three
or more legal "parents," many are reminded of the reversal of
former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2008 decision to veto Harvey
Milk Day, which he then signed into law the following year. The
"evolution" of Schwarzenegger's stance was reportedly due to
President Obama awarding Milk with the presidential Medal of
Freedom. It is also claimed that an Academy Award-winning film
about Milk's life starring Sean Penn influenced the former
governor's endorsement of Milk Day and the homosexual agenda.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.