California Senate passes bill that might ban the words “mother” and “father” from textbooks

The California Senate has passed SB 1437 which would prevent textbooks, teaching materials, instruction, and “school-sponsored activities” from reflecting adversely on anyone based on sexual orientation or actual or perceived gender. WorldNetDaily says that the bill bans the words “mom” and “dad” from textbooks, but it’s not clear that the bill actually does that. That may be only an assumption of the likely effect of the bill; that is, to speak of “mother and fathers,” “husbands and wives,” would “privilege” normal families over homosexual couples. After some google searching, I cannot find a news source that states clearly the provisions of the bill. The profession of journalism has sunken into the depths. Reporters simply will not provide the basic information of a story, such as clearly summarizing the provisions of a bill. They give one or two vague summary statements, but not the necessary facts.

In any case, I’ve been saying for years that this was where homosexual rights would inevitably lead. David Horowitz and others have imagined that society can have “equality” for homosexuals and at the same time not downgrade the traditional family. But this was a profound mistake. The downgrading of the traditional family is implicit in the equalization of homosexuality.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 12, 2006 09:49 AM | Send

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