New California Legislation Prohibits the Terms “Mom” and “Dad” in School Textbooks-Fiction!

  Summary of 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 this writing.

Updated 8/8/06

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
 this bill.
 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