Two most highly controversial pro-homosexual bills in the state of California are getting closer to the legislation book; Christians are therefore called to mount the final defence by urging the Governor to veto the bills.
SB 1437 passed the Democrat-controlled California State Assembly Monday by a 46-31 vote on the Assembly floor. SB 1437 would alter K-12 public education textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively reference transsexuality, transvestitism, bisexuality, and homosexuality, including homosexual "marriage."
Pro-family groups statewide such as the Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) has been diligently fighting against this sexual indoctrination bill. While the bill will now go to the state Senate for a concurrence vote, president of CCF Randy Thomasson said, "We call upon Governor Schwarzenegger to keep his promise to veto SB 1437, which micromanages public schools by forcing them to promote a gaggle of sexual lifestyles that disturb parents and confuse kids."
Chairman of a Chinese pro-family organization Traditional Family Coalition (TFC) Dr Bill Tam criticized that such education policy is "ridiculous", saying that "righteous biblical teachings are prohibited, anti-abortion stance is not welcomed, but everyone can speak about homosexuality."
In addition, on August 10, SB 1441 passed 42-25 in the California State Assembly. Authored by lesbian state Senator Sheila James Kuehl, SB 1441 has been sent to Governor Schwarzenegger. He must sign or veto it by 5 p.m. on Sat. August 26.
According to CCF, SB 1441 requires "any program or activity that…receives any financial assistance from the state" to support transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality or lose state funding. It contains no exception for religious colleges and universities, child care providers, or after-school programs. CCF commented it as "religion-squashing".
Tam suggested that SB 1441 has projected an ambiguous Church-State relationship, "If the Church and the State is completely separated, the government should not try to force the Church to teach principles that are unbiblical. This is totally unacceptable."
Tam further pointed out that many Chinese churches refused to be involved in politics, so they tend to keep silent on such issues concerning social policy.
"Indeed, we must protect the mind of the next generation," said Tam. "The voice of Muslims is too weak while Buddhists care for their self-training, only Christians are ready to speak against the falsity."
Tam repeatedly warned of the seriousness of the issues on pro-gay legislation, saying that Chinese pastors must be tense. He also hopes that more church leaders will rise up as they are the spiritual leader of this age.