California Governor Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger signed three bills last week that many conservatives say will further squash moral values and religious freedom in that state.
“Under these new laws, foster parents, nurses, doctors, health insurance plans, city and county commissions, and court-appointed children’s advocates must abandon their moral, social or financial values at the altar of the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda,” stated Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, on Friday.
“This crate load of homosexual-bisexual-transsexual laws embodies the same intolerant spirit of the recent California Supreme Court ruling that trampled the religious freedom of doctors at the behest of homosexual ‘rights,'” he added.
The first bill titled SB 1729 requires surgeons, physicians, nurses and assistants working in skilled nursing or congregate living health facilities to participate in training programs focusing on sensitivity to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.
The second titled AB 3015 requires foster care youth and their caregivers to be educated about existing California laws that protect students against bias.
Finally the third bill titled AB 2747 requires doctors to facilitate death by dehydration on demand for terminally ill patients – even those having up to one more year to live.
The three bills, which have drawn protest from groups including Concerned Women for America and California Right to Life, were signed over the course of three days.
Thomasson commenting on the first two bills had the following to say – “The words ‘discrimination,’ ‘harassment,’ and ‘tolerance’ have been redefined and are actually resulting in reverse discrimination and intolerance against people with moral values.” Regarding the third he says, “AB 2747 actually allows people who aren’t doctors to claim that you’re ‘terminal’ and hopeless, thus triggering the new mandate requiring patients to be offered ways to kill themselves.”
To help in the fight against eroding values in California, the Campaign for Children and Families is strongly urging Californians to vote on Proposition 8 in the upcoming election which would overrule the California Supreme Court’s May 15 “same-sex marriage” decision and reserve marriage licenses for only a man and a woman, a real bride and a real groom.
At any rate, what has been happening in California could very well set a precedent for the rest of the country as religious and moral values continue to come under attack.