Legislation Prohibits the Terms "Mom" and "Dad" in
Summary of the eRumor:
The eRumor says that new legislation passed in California would cater to
homosexuals by not allowing state textbooks to have any references to
"mom" and "dad."
The Truth: SB1437 was a bill designed by
its authors to prohibit discriminatory content in state textbooks.
There isn't any place in the language
of the bill that eliminates references to "mom" and
"dad," but what is there has brought controversy.
What the bill would do is change the wording of the state education
code. The current code says “No teacher shall
give instruction nor shall a school sponsor any activity which reflects
adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed,
handicap, national origin, or ancestry."
SB1437 would change that to: "No teacher shall give instruction nor
shall a school district sponsor any activity that reflects adversely
upon persons because of their race or ethnicity, gender, disability,
nationality, sexual orientation, or religion." It would
require instruction in social sciences and the early history of
California to include study of the "...role and contributions of
men, women, various ethnic groups and and
people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, to the economic,
political, and social development of California and the United States of
America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups
in contemporary society."
The phone numbers for the California governor's office are correct as of
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
FYI-- Subject: A quick phone poll ( I just did this
today, Monday, August 7,
2006, at noon, so it is not an oldie or a hoax.
California legislators have passed a bill, SB1437,
that indoctrinates school
children with the homosexual agenda. The bill
requires that all new text books
(k-12) highlight homosexuals and eliminate all
references to "mom" and "dad."
This bill is ridiculous, it's expensive and it
singles out a small special
interest group. We don't need elementary school
children exposed to this
The governor is doing a phone poll. Urge him to veto
It's very easy, you don't even have to talk
to anyone...just follow
the instructions below: Please call the governor's
office at 916-445-2841.
The phone recording will ask:
A. If you want this message in
English?: yes, press 1
B. Is this in regards to a
legislation bill? yes, press 2
C. Is the bill SB 1437? yes, press
D. Are you in favor of this
legislation? no, press 2
It takes less than 30 seconds to
make the call ---- If we
don't voice our concerns NOW, this could become law!
Please feel free to pass this message along to your
friends!!!! A person's
sexual orientation should remain in the bedroom, NOT