California poised to punish free speech at schools: Children with traditional values may get 'detention, suspension'

Worth ReadingBy Bob Unruh

The state of California is poised within days to adopt a resolution that schools be "discrimination-free" zones – a plan one critic asserts is designed "to stamp out the free speech of students and teachers with moral values or scientific ethics."

ACR 82 already has gone most of the way through the legislative approval process and only awaits state Assembly approval of Senate changes.

The resolution states "all public education institutes are encouraged to … identify themselves as 'discrimination-free zones' through placards, signs, notices of available services, and other appropriate identifications to create a campus climate that welcomes diversity and supports the tolerance of others."

"While this may sound good," said a statement from an organization called Save California, "the devil is in the details. By including morally controversial lifestyles [homosexuality, bisexuality and others] in this resolution, ACR 82 would encourage schools to 'enact procedures' against 'acts of discrimination that occur on campus.'"

Critics say the "procedures" could be enacted over something as basic as a statement that the Bible does not approve of homosexuality.

The proposal states "all public education institutions, prekindergarten through university campuses, are encouraged to develop and enact policies that support tolerance and acceptance of others regardless of their race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, or any other characteristic. … [Further] resolved, that all public education institutions are encouraged to enact procedures, such as counseling services and conflict management, that meaningfully address acts of discrimination. …"

Randy Thomasson, executive director of Save California, told WND that California, which already has a history of pro-homosexual advocacy required by law in its schools, now is moving to the next level.

"Putting these anti-family values in children's heads is not enough," he said. The state is "figuratively cutting out their tongues if they disagree. More: