Monday, October 20, 2008

CA Teachers Union ignites Class war over Prop 8

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, the California Teacher's Association (CTA) has no intention of masking its agenda on marriage. The 340,000-member organization -- long considered a powerful branch of the radical Left -- took a risky step yesterday by donating a million dollars to defeat Proposition 8. The gift, which is now the largest contribution by any institutional donor to the ballot issue, raises the stakes in an already tense battle for parents' rights.

The CTA's own members, whose dues are fueling this opposition, are fuming. Many, like Randy Peart, (who is LDS) are questioning what same-sex "marriage" has to do with education. "It bothers me [that they're] spend[ing] my money on something I'm morally opposed to," she said. "Why not put that money into classrooms, into making a better place for these kids?" But according to CTA President David Sanchez, "...[I]t's a civil rights issue." And he's right. This is a civil rights issue -- for children who deserve to be raised by a mother and father.

The donation, CTA's second, should serve as a wake-up call for anyone who doesn't believe that schools are becoming dangerous incubators for the homosexual cause. If the union will stoop to using its dues to promote the homosexual agenda, then you can bet it will have no reservations about using its classrooms. Just last week, a San Francisco administrator took first graders on a field trip to their teacher's lesbian "wedding." How's that for indoctrination?

If California schools are promoting "teachable moments" like this for five- and six-year-olds, imagine what the middle and high school curriculum will look like! This is much more than a battle for marriage. It's a last stand for education and parents' rights. The CTA's million dollars will go a long way to undermining the truth. California families need your help! Log on to www.protectmarriage.com and educate yourself about the issues at stake in this fight.

- From Tony Parkins of the Family Research Center

On a personal level my mom is a teacher and so is my bishop and stake president. All three are forced to be members of the CTA. Unless the opt out their dues are used for this. Even if they do opt out, their numbers are counted in the figures that support this. Lets be fair, its one thing to belong to something that fights for something you oppose, when this happens you can walk away. Its another when because of your profession you are forced to join something that stands against what you believe in. How is this freedom?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is an excellent article relating to teaching children about same-sex marriage. It turns out it's more complicated than either side shows.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-gayschools19-2008oct19,0,7459783.story

Proposition 8 will neither stop or allow discussion of marriage (gay or straight) in the classroom. That decision is up to each school district in California. Even sex education is up to each individual district.

What state law does require is that districts that offer sex education "teach respect for marriage and committed relationships." But each district has taken a different stance on that. That should be reassuring for pro-Prop 8 people. It means in order to protect their children they only need to lobby their school district, not the entire state.

In response to the classroom of children who went to their lesbian teacher's wedding: This was a private school, not a public one. And that school is in San Francisco. What I'm trying to say is that these are children of parents who are most likely in our nation to be pro-gay. It was always a parent's choice on whether the children went to the wedding and these parents chose 'yes'.

-LT

[kɹeɪ̯ɡ̊] said...

Sometimes, turnabout is fair play.

Anonymous said...

"On a personal level my mom is a teacher and so is my bishop and stake president. All three are forced to be [pro-Prop 8]*. Unless the opt out their [tithing] is used for this. Even if they do opt out, their numbers are counted in the figures that support this. Let's be fair, its one thing to belong to something that fights for something you oppose, when this happens you can walk away. Its another when because of your [religion] you are forced to join something that stands against what you believe in. How is this freedom?"

You have a point there!

*Words changed in [].

A CROW'S VIEW said...

Thank you anonymous. While I do have a policy against posting anonymous comments on my blog, if you don't have the courage to stand behind your comments then I don't want to hear them. I have allowed yours because it was the response I wanted.

No one is forcing you to stay in the church. That's the bottom line. If you don't like the doctrine and you don't like what is being taught you have you agency to leave. Now yes, I want you to stay because it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't want to loss anyone, but to be honest if this is how you feel I think you are choosing a path that is losing and if you are going to work to drag others into apostasy then its better that one person suffer then a whole nation dwindle in disbelief.

Once you pay tithing its God's money. Not your money. You have no right to choose how it is spent. God's kingdom isn't a democracy. Now on the other hand, the United States is supposed to be. If I want to be a teacher in CA, I am forced to join the union. That's the difference. I choose to be Latter-day Saint, I choose to pay tithing. That's being faithful. I'm not forced to pay tithing. Now if I choose to be a teacher, I have no choice but to pay union dues.

I'm afraid your comparison makes no since. Sorry.

Mike said...

To answer your last question, "How is this freedom?"

Well... IT ISN'T. You're 100% right. It astounds me that the No-8'ers are saying over and over again that we have nothing to fear, and that the Yes on 8 campaign is using scare tactics...

I'd like to say that the Yes on 8 campaign is simply exposing the TRUTH? When was the truth something that shouldn't be talked about?

YES ON 8!!!

Scott said...

If I want to be a teacher in CA, I am forced to join the union. ... Now if I choose to be a teacher, I have no choice but to pay union dues.

I don't know how it works in California, but there's no "force" here in Utah. My wife's a teacher, and for the first several years that she taught she was not a member of UEA (Utah Educator's Association) and did not pay any dues. Eventually she did decide to join because she felt that the UEA's lobbying efforts and other benefits (insurance against lawsuits, etc.) that she gets are worth the dues that she pays.

But nobody forced her to join, and many teachers are not members.

CaliforniaCrusader said...

I'm a teacher in California, and it drives me crazy that CTA can do this with my union money. See my post about it at

http://californiacrusader.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/california-teacher-speaks-out/

emily said...

Tithing isn't used to support prop 8. It's all private donations.