Capitol & Culture Update – February 3, 2017


Bill of the week
 
Three Gender California
SB 179 would add a third gender option on official CA documents.  This bill would also eliminate current safeguards making it much easier to obtain a new document with a different gender than your biology.
In addition a non-binary gender marker option for driver’s licenses, birth certificates, identity cards for official documents. So this third choice will let those who identify as neither male nor female choose “nonbinary” as an official gender designation in state identification documents.
We encourage you to contact your Senator and urge a no on SB 179.
 
Is the SCOTUS Nominee a Friend of Religious Liberty?
Almost every day we read news stories of religious liberty under attack in America. One of the very principles we were founded upon, is being stripped away. Appointing a Justice who will upload religious liberty is crucial. Judge Neil Gorsuch is no stranger to religious liberty cases. And in these cases he has shown that he is an advocate and protector of religious liberty. You can read more about his opinions in religious liberty cases here.

Government Knows Best 

A Baltimore mom is livid after her third grade son returned home from school with three missing teeth, which had been extracted by a dental program that was visiting the boy’s school. The school claims the mother signed a permission slip, but the mother asserts the permission slip was vague, and that she did not know she was consenting to this.

To make matters even worse, the young boy missed his bus following the extraction and had to walk home from school. This is outrageous! Once again, schools usurping parental rights because they think they know best. Little did the school know, the mother already had an appointment on the calendar for her son to visit their family dentist. You can read the full story here.

Stories like this bring us the reality of SB 18, Senator Pan’s latest assault on parental rights. Under this bill the very same thing could easily happen to California students. The bill asserts that children have the right to “appropriate, quality health care.” If a school determined that something like a tooth extraction was in the best interest of a child, would SB 18 allow them to bypass the parent in the name of health?

So many unanswered questions remain. SB 18 continues to sit in the Senate Rules Committee. We will keep you updated on how you can take action to preserve parental rights as the bill progresses.

2017 Citizen Lobby Day 
Do you want to learn how to lobby your law-makers? Are you an experienced citizen lobbyist? Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, we invite you to join us for our 2017 Citizen Lobby Day! Some of the things discussed will be:
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • The most effective ways to stand for your values
  • How to capture the attention of your legislators
  • How to connect with other pro-family citizens
  • How to educate yourself on political issues affecting family, parental rights, religious freedom, etc.

(attendees must pre-register)

 

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Free online lecture: Biology Isn’t Bigotry: Why Sex Matters in the Age of Gender Identity

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