Skip to comments.Tom McClintock: The Perils of Perfection... (SB 777 - Fight back!)
Posted on 10/16/2007 2:00:49 PM PDT by calcowgirl
Theres a great commotion among family and religious groups over the governors signing of SB 777 by Senator Sheila Kuehl. It is titled the California Student Civil Rights Act and purports to guard children from instruction or activities that promote a discriminatory bias on the basis of a long list of criteria including religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or ethnicity.
The left is praising it as a major breakthrough for civil rights and the right is condemning it as actively promoting homosexuality. But putting aside arguments over gay rights or the gay agenda, the law itself introduces a problematic doctrine into the administration of Californias public and private schools.
It is already illegal for the schools to do anything that reflects adversely on people based on this long and growing list of criteria. Thats tenuous enough in a free society. Under the current law, a history teacher, for example, is already on very thin ice if he says, Europeans brought new diseases to North America or some American Indian tribes practiced cannibalism or many Germans knew about the Holocaust and raised no protest. These are factual statements, but Id be very careful about making them when its a crime to say anything that might reflect adversely on any groups nationality or ethnicity.
But this bill goes even farther. Instead of doing things that adversely reflect on certain groups, SB 777 makes it illegal for schools to promote a discriminatory bias toward those groups. Thats a big difference.
If a high school elects a prom king and queen, this obviously doesnt reflect adversely on homosexual students. But does it promote a discriminatory bias to celebrate a heterosexual stereotype at a school dance without also celebrating a gay couple, a lesbian couple and a transgender couple as well? Its entirely conceivable that a court will say that exclusion is certainly discriminatory.
If a transgender boy feels uncomfortable in the boys locker room, this doesnt reflect adversely on his sexual orientation or identity. But does it constitute a discriminatory bias to say that he cant use the girls locker room? Its certainly possible that a court will say it does.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo or St. Patricks Day doesnt reflect adversely on those who are not of Mexican or Irish descent. But is it discriminatory bias to celebrate these days, but not also St. Andrews Day, Bastille Day and Swedish National Day?
These decisions once were made through common sense and community consensus. Now they will be made through minute regulation and endless litigation. As imperfect as the old system may have been, I suspect that were going to find it was vastly superior to this brave new world of perfect harmony enforced by the power of the state.
Heres a suggestion for the groups that opposed this new law: use it. After all, if courts begin ruling that exclusion is indeed a form of discriminatory bias which is clearly the intent of this bill there are no groups more excluded or less tolerated in the public schools today than evangelical Christians, orthodox Jews and traditional Catholics.
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New kinds of “reverse discrimination” but that sounds like a long court battle for someone with the Ninth Circus Court in the way at the federal level.
Jeeze, I missed the part of the Constitution about the right to not be offended.
This nation is so screwed up. If it were a human I’d call it senile.
“do anything that reflects adversely on people”
Where do these morons come from?
What McClintock shows is that Political Correctness twists real human beings into pretzels, so it is impossible to do anything. This law and its ramifications will be a huge blow to public eduation ...... and that is a good thing.
Recall Arnie! Elect Tom!!!
In a sane state, that tactic might, might work. In Crazyfornia, it will be stopped dead by liberal judges, and other fellow travelers who are most happy about shoving this down the “traditionalist’s” throats. The courts will win this the liberals way. Count on it.
The best solution is to remove the kids from the indoctrination centers, otherwise known as public schools.
It may be a long battle, but I can’t see this standing up at the SC.
Thank you. That makes more sense than splitting Northern and Southern which people debated about for a while.
They are inhabited by demons. This is a fight between good and evil.
brave new world of perfect harmony enforced by the power of the state
wow,, what does that remind anyone familiar with history of recent, say the last 100 years or so ;-?
Solution: two words, Home School
too bad L.A. doesn’t start doing what they’re doing in Chicago...
“from the halls of Montezumaaaaaaaaa to the shores of Tripoli.”
U.S.M.C. is going to show the NEA how to educate children.
If Tom McClintock was Governor of California today instead of Arnold, then California would definitely be in much better shape economically today!
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McClintock makes a good point but history tells us conservatives will fail to take advatage of the most potent weapon in the left’s arsenal for the last 50 years...the courts.
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