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So Much For Majority Rule

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.genderin­ 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.Redland­

Homeschool, anyone?