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    By Mary Mack

    The California Healthy Youth Act of 2015, which amended the California Education Code regarding sex education in schools, includes this specific direction: “Instruction and materials may not teach or promote religious doctrine.”

    This legal directive silences citizens who have moral objections to the comprehensive, all-inclusive, state-approved, sex-ed curriculum which now requires educators to teach children about concepts that conservative Christian, Muslim, and Jewish parents consider to be pornographic and antithetical to their core beliefs.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
    or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech,
    or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
    and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    —First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

    The California Healthy Youth Act was first introduced in 2015 as Assembly Bill 329 in the wake of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network against the Clovis, California, Unified School District (USD) in 2012. The lawsuit alleged that the school district was out of compliance with a 2003 sex education law. The school district took immediate steps to bring its curriculum into compliance, and the ACLU dropped the lawsuit in February 2014.

    Therefore, it was highly irregular when Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald S. Black ruled on the case in May 2015, more than a year after it had been dropped by plaintiffs. Whether or not it was a legal ruling, the ACLU took off running with it and immediately drafted AB 329, which was introduced to the California legislature by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego County.

    “On May 4, 2015, the Fresno County Superior Court ruled that Clovis Unified School District’s sex education curriculum was out of compliance with California state law, which requires that students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate, and free of bias, and that abstinence-only-until-marriage instruction is unlawful on the grounds of medical accuracy and bias.” [Emphasis added] —ACLU Press Release, May 11, 2015

    The ACLU website recommends that the above press release be filed under “Education Equity, LGBT Equality, Reproductive Justice” and the wording of AB 329 leaves no doubt as to the motives behind the drive to change the sex education laws of the whole state. By ‘equity’ they mean destroying opposing viewpoints and indoctrinating everybody’s children, and by ‘justice’ they mean forcing their agenda upon the population.

    Regarding the reference to ‘medical accuracy’, the ACLU et al. claimed during the Clovis case that it was inaccurate to teach students that abstinence until marriage is the only sure way to avoid getting pregnant and/or contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Hmm… I don’t see how that teaching is inaccurate, either medically or logically. It might offend some people, but it is spot-on advice. That moral teaching makes sense to Christians, but not to people who want kids to dive into sex as early as possible, try various kinds of sex with multiple partners of different genders, and explore their gender identity—all of which are utterly reprehensible values to conservatives and Christians.

    Do you think I’m sensationalizing? Take a look at a textbook that has been approved for classroom instruction for kids as young as 11 to 12 years old! Warning: the content of the textbook is so graphically illustrated and explicitly detailed as to require an X-rating if it was a movie and a consumer warning label if it was a music album. You need to know that unless you specifically opt them out of sex ed classes, your children are being taught about sex toys, oral and anal sex, lubricants, menstrual suppression, paternity testing, and abortion as an acceptable method of birth control, among other immoral teachings. The book is titled Adolescent Health Toolkit and is published by the Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) in San Francisco (see pages C-36,37,38, 50,51).

    The AHWG also publishes a ‘Healthy Me Wallet Card’ that informs children as young as 12 that they do not need to get permission from a parent to seek abortions or to have confidential AIDS testing. They will even refer your child to a free abortion clinic so that the minor’s “confidential” medical information does not show up on their parents’ insurance claim forms. This wallet card is a classroom handout—one of the many state-approved sex-ed resources for teachers.

    Sex education should be simple: Just teach the basics of how the reproductive system works and leave the moral application of that knowledge to parents. Teaching kids about the immoral lifestyles of a minority sector of society is not going to equip them to protect themselves; it’s going to pervert their innocence and lure them into a lifestyle that may bar them from entering Heaven. Saturating society with hormone-driven teens who have been told to go out and enjoy their sexuality without shame or censure is going to create the very environment that the ACLU claim they want to protect children from. Those are our views. The ACLU and the Gay-Straight Alliance don’t have to live by our beliefs, but they do have to tolerate them.

    If the California Legislature had fairly applied Judge Black’s Clovis ruling, they would have ensured that students are given access to information on both sides of the spectrum, and the California Healthy Youth Act would have permitted the teaching of abstinence and morality in sexual relationships in order that the curriculum be truly ‘complete’; plus, they would have forbidden all bias, including the Act’s blat