Thursday, August 11, 2016

California MassResistance: Keeping Up the Pressure to Stop SB1146!

California is embracing the perverse LGBT agenda. The infamous openly gay pedophile Harvey Milk has his own state holiday. Major cities have homosexual “pride” parades.

There are glimmers of pro-family hope, although not very strong. LGBT pageantries have died down in San Francisco, a city where only the most well-to-do can afford to live, in the midst of overwhelming squalor. West Hollywood, once a gay “mecca”, has discussed removing the six-colored rainbow flag from city hall. Los Angeles is reeling from crime and corruption on an unprecedented scale, and pro-gay forces are in conflict about how to celebrate their “pride”.

Nevertheless, the attacks on the family have taken on an unprecedented surge. The California Republican Party allowed the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans to become a chartered group, even though party by-laws forbid chartering groups with values in conflict with the state party platform.
Before Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation to allow men into women’s bathrooms, the California state legislature had signed off on similar legislation, which would allow “transgender” students in public schools to use student restrooms and locker rooms rather than having to change in a separate room entirely.

Pro-family groups throughout the state fought hard to overturn this law through initiative, but fell short—twice—to collect the necessary signatures.

The state superintendent has also signed off on forcing students as early as second grade to learn about the key figures in LGBT history.

I kid you not. There is nothing gay about this agenda.

This legislation would effectively shut down Christian higher education in the state. Christian colleges would have to scale back the exemptions they claim to specific religious training only. The schools would also be required to inform prospective students that they claim the Title IX exemptions.

The legislation has been amended and changed numerous times, but the concerns about it have not gone away.

Barry Corey, the president of Biola University, one of the oldest Christian colleges in the state of California, has issued his latest concerns about this legislation: “We don’t want them to change who were are.”

This approach is not the strongest. It does not attack the core issues relating to this agenda, that so much of it is predicated on lies and distortions, chief of which is that homosexual behavior and transgenderism are not civil rights, and therefore do not fall within the confines of Title IX in the first place.

In spite of the tepid response from most establishment pro-family groups, California MassResistance is taking on a more direct, confrontational approach. Politicians must feel the heat to see the light!
On June 29th, a few days before the state legislature adjourned for summer recess, our team stormed and protested in front of the bill’s sponsor, the openly gay and hostile State Senator Ricardo Lara. Staffers were supposed to meet with five members of our team, but they never showed up.
On the same day, the California state assembly’s judiciary committee conducted a sham hearing on the bill, and passed it out to the Appropriations committee, which will review the legislation during the first week of August.

After the judiciary committee hearing, California MassResistance members knew that they had their work cut out for them.

Immediately, call sheets were sent out to pro-family groups to contact all members of the Assembly appropriations committee.

From there, our team planned specific visits to confront specific lawmakers, and hold them accountable to vote against this terrible bill.

Our team visited both Republicans as well as Democrats.

We visited my Assemblyman David Hadley’s office in Torrance, California. We pressed state assembly minority leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley, Yucaipa). Coincidentally enough, concerns about SB1146 were weighing on many of his constituents’ minds.

Then California MassResistance planned a more extensive lobbying effort on Friday July 22, targeting not just members of the Appropriations Committee, but individuals in swing districts or tight races.
The first group spoke with representatives of Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). He has normally voted more liberal on key issues, but constituents have also noted that he attends a local church, and faces a challenger for his seat.

Another group headed to Assembly Majority Whip Miguel Santiago’s office in Los Angeles. He had cancelled the meeting with constituents the night before! Shame on him! He faces a strong challenger who is taking no special interest money!

Two other teams went to the offices Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach).

The greatest demonstration occurred at Assemblyman O’Donnell’s office, where at least fifty people arrived in front of the building, and five of us went in to speak with O’Donnell’s Communications Director.

For the next thirty minutes, parents and grandparents from Christian college alumni outlined their opposition to SB 1146. One pastor explained how churches and Christian schools were offering services to the community, while Senator Ricardo Lara was only interested in limiting their freedom of speech and outreach.

Reporters from local radio stations also interviewed us! Two other news outlets interview me in connection with California MassResistance: NBC News (digital) and CalWatchdog.

Last week, our team overran State Senator Ricardo Lara’s office again, and we gave his staffers an earful!

Locally officials are also sounding the alarm, and one of those officials is located in Senator Lara’s own district. Cudahy city councilman Jack Guerrero submitted a discussion item to the July 25th Cudahy City Council agenda, and will revisit the issue on August 8th. He gave a passionate defense of the First Amendment and religious liberty, but neither of his remaining couples would even second his motion. La Mirada City Councilman Andrew Sarega has initiated a letter in opposition to this bill.

With one week left before the deadline in the Appropriations Committed, California MassResistance will continue to fight until SB 1146 is dead and gone. The momentum is growing, and we are seeing marked success! If you live in California, please contact me. We need your help to put pressure on all Sacramento lawmakers to stop this bad, bad bill!

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