So Much For Majority Rule
By Marilyn Snyder
Published in the Redlands Daily Facts, September 5, 2013
Once upon a time … oh, wait, this isn’t a fable. It’s grim reality.
For generations Americans were taught that in America the majority rules. But all that has changed.
Let’s look at a statewide example of how a miniscule minority can take away the majority rights of millions of schoolchildren — who cannot legally object. You may have heard of the so-called “Bathroom Bill,” California Assembly Bill 1266 Pupil Rights: Sex-Segregated School Programs And Activities.
The title of the bill implies that our students have the right to participate in programs segregated by sex. Historically society and our schools recognized that girls and boys needed to be separated by sex when it came to bathrooms, showers and participation in sports activities.
However, A.B. 1266 mandated that students be given access to sensitive school facilities customarily segregated by sex — showers, bathrooms and locker rooms — according to a student’s “gender identity” and not based on their actual sex. It also provides that students can join school sports and athletic teams based on gender “identity” and not actual sex.
This bill was hustled on a straight party vote through the lofty chambers of Sacramento — although Redlands’ California Sen. Bill Emmerson did not vote on the issue. Our governor eagerly signed it.
Result: California’s entire school system has been hijacked to cater to children as young as 5 who aren’t sure that the body they were born with is the one they want to live with.
Their confusion is a problem forced on every other child in the state because the Democratically controlled legislature decided to make sweeping accommodations for this small minority that could expose your children to opposite-sex nudity or bathroom crudity.
My child and yours no longer have a right to privacy because this extremely small minority has greater rights than the majority.
Confused? How can the needs of 1 percent or less of the school population be more important than the needs of the 99 percent?
In the eyes of some extremists, all of the 6 million children whose lives may be negatively impacted as a result of the recent legislation are not nearly as important as the children who have a sexual identity issue. Why?
It is not about protecting the rights of transgender students because “… they are already protected against discrimination and bullying under California law,” said Dr. John Eastman, professor of law at Chapman University.
Every parent now faces the disturbing challenge of explaining to their youngster that his/ her schoolmate who looks like a boy really thinks he’s a girl — he’s a transgender, a term coined in 1965. Can’t you picture the teacher trying to help little children understand why Susie gets to use the boys’ bathroom?
In the high school physical education class, the boy who’s built like a boy but insists on sharing intimate facilities such as the girls’ shower along with your daughter may feel more comfortable, but she and her friends are going to be dramatically freaked out.
According to the Pacific Justice Institute, “Under this legislation, there are absolutely no safeguards against abuse. Any teenage boy who ‘identifies’ with teenage girls must be given full access to girls’ teams and facilities — including showers, bathrooms and locker rooms. Coaches and parents would have no say in the matter.”
Students who are disturbed by this situation have absolutely no recourse.
The Privacy for All Students Coalition launched a referendum campaign to let voters decide the fate of the Bathroom Bill.
They must collect approximately 505,000 voter signatures by Nov. 12 to qualify the referendum for the November 2014 ballot.
Once signatures are submitted to elections officials, the law is put on hold and does not take effect until voters approve or reject it.
You have a couple of options to fight against this travesty. You can visit www.genderinsanity.com to download, print, sign and mail a petition. Or you can come to the Redlands Tea Party Patriots general meeting tonight where we expect to make the petitions available for the first time.
Details at www.RedlandsTeaParty.com.