Archive for March 9th, 2006

‘Mom,’ ‘dad’ to be axed from school textbooks?

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

More crazy ideas from California pols. Does their wackiness ever end?

A traditional-values organization in California is warning the state’s residents that a bill pending in the Legislature, if approved, could remove all references to gender in public schools – threatening even references to “mom” or “dad” in textbooks.
If the bill, SB 1437, were to become law, warns the Capitol Resource Institute, “it could potentially require gender-neutral bathrooms in our schools and all references to ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ or ‘mom and dad’ removed from school textbooks as the norm.”
Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Sheila Kuehl – a lesbian actress best known for playing Zelda in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in the ’60s – the legislation would add “gender” (actual or perceived) and “sexual orientation” to the law that prohibits California public schools from having textbooks, teaching materials, instruction or “school-sponsored activities” that reflect adversely upon people based on characteristics like race, creed and handicap.
States Capitol Resource Institute on its website: “The reason this is such an outrageous bill is because it is the most extreme effort thus far to transform our public schools into institutions that disregard all notions of the traditional family unit. SB 1437 seeks to eliminate all ‘stereotypes’ of the traditional family so that young children are brainwashed into believing that families with moms and dads are irrelevant.
“The social experiment pro-homosexual activists have envisioned for our young children is mind-boggling!”
The organization notes the bill also applies to school activities, which include cheerleadering, sports and events like the prom.
“Under SB 1437, school districts would likely be prohibited from having a ‘prom king and queen’ because that would show bias based on gender and sexual orientation,” said CRI. The measure also could affect issues like gender-specific sports teams.
Earlier this week, about 500 homosexual students gathered at the State Capitol in Sacramento to celebrate “Queer Youth Advocacy Day.”
According to the Sacramento Bee, demonstrators voiced support for Kuehl’s bill and AB 606, authored by Democrat Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, which addresses harassment and discrimination in schools.
“I refuse to settle for anything less than respect and equality in education,” 16-year-old Garrett Rubin stated at the event. “I shouldn’t have to be working so hard to get an education like everybody else.”
The Bee reported participants also spoke out against AB 2311, authored by GOP Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, a bill that would prohibit the “promotion of homosexuality in public education.”
The young protesters chanted: “Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia’s got to go.”
Traditional values group Campaign for Children and Families decried AB 606, which has passed the Assembly and likely will be approved in the state Senate.
“AB 606 would give inappropriate, draconian power to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction to unilaterally withhold state funds from California school districts that don’t promote transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality according to his arbitrary ‘standards,'” stated an e-mail from the group. “This horrible bill essentially mandates the trans-bi-homosexual agenda in curriculum, textbooks, presentations and more. And because two-thirds of a school districts’ funds come from the state, AB 606 would interrupt and destroy the academic learning of millions of California schoolchildren if schools ‘don’t comply.'”
Campaign for Children and Families is urging Californians to urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto the bill should it reach his desk.

Iran Referred to UN; It’s About Time, Israel Says

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Moving with their usual efficient speediness (sarcasm -ed.), the “paper tiger” U.N. has had Iran referred to them for action. I wonder how many S.C. resolutions they will pass against Iran? While they pass all these highly effective resolutions (sarcasm again -ed.), Iran will continue to develop their nuclear weapons.

Jerusalem ( – Israel expressed satisfaction Thursday over the referral of Iran to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions. Israel for years has been pressing the international community to contain what it views as a growing security threat.
And if the U.N. fails to halt Iran’s apparent pursuit of nuclear weapons, the Israeli defense minister said Israel would have all it needs to defend its citizens.
“The State of Israel has many drawers, containing all it needs in order to defend our citizens,” Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Wednesday. He added that Israel would not turn a “blind eye” to any threat it faces but would do everything necessary to see “that the threat is not realized.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has refused to bow to global pressure. After his country was referred to the U.N. Security Council, he said the West would suffer more than Iran from any attempt to impose sanctions on the Islamic regime.
“They [Western countries] know that they are not capable of inflicting the slightest blow on the Iranian nation because they need the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad was quoted in press reports as saying by the semi-official ISNA students’ news agency.
“They will suffer more, and they are vulnerable,” he said.
Iran, which holds OPEC’s second largest oil reserves, has hinted that it would limit oil exports if the U.N. imposes economic sanctions. It also has indicated that it could send some of the terrorists it supports to make trouble for the U.S. and Israel.
Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying that Iran’s enemies would “never succeed in forcing the Iranian nation to step back on its rights over peaceful nuclear technology because it never accepts humiliation.”
Mohamed elBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, sent his report on Iran’s nuclear activities to the Security Council following the IAEA Board of Governors’ Wednesday meeting.
ElBaradei urged a “cool-headed approach” and a lowering of the rhetoric. He also described the referral as another step in the diplomatic process.
Israel supports the decision to move the Iranian nuclear files to the United Nations Security Council,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev. “We have been calling for this to happen for quite awhile now.”
Regev said it’s important that the international community “speak with a clear and united voice and send a message to Tehran, which says that either you cease your aggressive military nuclear program or you endanger your relationship with the entire organized community of nations.”
The Iranians must understand that if they continue with their aggressive nuclear program, there will be consequences, he added.
The U.S. also has pushed for Iran to be referred to the Security Council. The U.S., Israel and other Western nations believe that Iran is using its civilian nuclear program as a cover for developing a nuclear bomb. Iran denies the charges.
Earlier this week, Vice President Dick Cheney said that the U.S. was “keeping all options on the table” in dealing with the regime in Iran.
He also said that the U.S. would not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and that the international community could take action that would have “meaningful consequences” for Iran.