I was in my junior year of college at a liberal California state university when Prop. 8 was being debated Read More
In an electronic age where news and information is just a click away, it’s hard to believe that California still harbors its own dirty little secret Read More
In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” Our Founding Fathers recognized government as a necessary evil and, therefore, carefully crafted the American government with a separation of powers so no one branch of government became too powerful. Additionally, our Constitution provides the federal government with certain powers and the states with certain powers. Thomas Paine’s words ring truer now than in 1776, because the federal government’s “Common Core” curriculum interferes with States’ rights and violates federal laws prohibiting such control.
what it legally cannot. The federal government, by financial incentives (our tax dollars), is attempting to take away power reserved for the states. A large part of the American government’s success lies in its inherent restraints on government power known as “checks and balances.” This means the federal government must not overstep its authority by ignoring the laws adopted by Congress. We, as citizens, should be gravely concerned when any branch of our government ignores laws restraining it and, in this case, treads on the rights of States.
School is still a month away, but you’ve already begun to think of your children starting up the new school year. We know you have many preparations… You should know Advocates for Faith & Freedom is preparing as well, and we hope we can provide you with invaluable information and guidance.
What are we preparing for?
Protecting your child as they head back to school.
Tomorrow, September 25th at 7:00am, students around the nation will gather in prayer around their school’s flagpole. This has been a tradition since 1990, and since then, millions of kids have gathered for See You At The Pole (SYATP) and lifted up their schools, teachers, friends, families, communities, and nation in prayer on the 4th Wednesday of September. Read More
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1266 into law, which allows students to use restrooms and facilities according to the gender that they most identify with, regardless of what sex they are genetically.
You may have heard us talk recently about California’s “transgender restroom” bill that, if passed, would allow K-12 students to choose the gender they most identify with and be allowed to use the restroom and other facilities that meet that choice.
Now, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to turn the transgender issue into a civil rights issue. They are fighting on behalf of a ninth grader from California who was born a girl but says she has identified as a boy since a young age. The DOJ thinks that the school must allow this girl to use the boys’ room at school, as well as on overnight trips that may occur. Read More
What would you do if your high school aged daughter had to share a locker room with a male student?
This is exactly what’s happening with our new client, Mary (please note: real names have been concealed to protect their identity and privacy at this time). Mary is a single mother, and her daughter Vanessa is a sophomore in high school who recently transferred to a charter school in Los Angeles. Vanessa had quite a surprise when she went to her PE class and found that a boy who identifies as a girl (and dresses in a feminine manner) is not only allowed to be in the girls’ PE class, but also use the same locker room as the girls!
This situation understandably made Vanessa feel uncomfortable and quite vulnerable. Despite whatever personal identity Alex feels, he is still a boy, and Vanessa did not want to change in front of him day after day. After awhile, Vanessa started sharing a locker with a friend, away from the isolated area that she had shared with Alex.
Vanessa soon became a target and was “bullied” by Alex and his friend. At break times, Alex would often hang out in the girls’ restroom, making other girls uncomfortable, too. One time, another female student said that Alex and a female friend of his stood over one of the bathroom stalls and looked into the next stall – where she was using the facilities! When Vanessa would enter the restroom, Alex would frequently make her the subject of his verbal harassment, and even some physical intimidation.
“‘Gender’ means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
It also allowed students to participate in school activities and use school facilities based on the gender they choose. That means that boys who identify as girls can legally participate in girls-only classes/activities and use the girls’ restrooms/locker rooms. Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill, AB 1266, which essentially restates this law, but adds the opportunity for students to participate in sports teams regardless of gender.
Article I of the California Constitution states that “[a]ll people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these [is] . . . privacy.” In the case of York v. Story, the Ninth Circuit stated that it could not “conceive of a more basic subject of privacy than the naked body. The desire to shield one’s unclothed figure from [the] view of strangers, and particularly strangers of the opposite sex, is impelled by elementary self-respect and personal dignity.” How will girls like Vanessa get the privacy they are promised by law if boys are suddenly allowed to share their locker rooms and bathrooms?
Also, we will be contacting the California legislature to share Vanessa’s story. AB 1266 is now pending in the California Senate, and we hope that our representatives will understand that this bill would be harmful to our students and a new bill should be passed to prevent schools from allowing this invasion of privacy.
We ask for your prayers as we pursue this matter and the grander issue of challenging AB 1266. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation as Vanessa, please contact us! We want to show the State that invading the privacy of our students is not okay!
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, many schools in California will celebrate “Harvey Milk Day.” Harvey Milk was an openly gay politician in San Francisco and a homosexual rights activist.
In 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 572 into law, which proclaimed that every May 22nd would be “Harvey Milk Day” and could be celebrated in K-12 schools. The bill says this about Harvey Milk:
“…perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk’s life and political career embody the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in California, across the nation, and throughout the world.” Read More