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11/27/2007

Grown adults go to court against most vulnerable kids

by Jeremy Hooper

LegallyblechA "pro-family" group calling themselves the Advocates for Faith and Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the state of California over SB 777, the recently-passed law that protects gay students from discrimination:

Christian group sues over California student-discrimination law [AP via Mercury News]

And to understand just how little merit this legal group's case has, you don't have to do a ton of research. In fact, you can consider just these two lines from their complaint (pdf) to see the sort of mentality at play:

This provision is unconstitutionally vague because it places an educator in the impossible position of knowing whether an instruction or activity “promotes a discriminatory bias.” For example, any curriculum or instruction that pre-assumes the existence of a mother and father in a family relationship might be construed to promote a discriminatory bias against persons choosing alternative relationships.

For you see, they are working from the place that says mothers and fathers simply are existing, yet gay couples are "choosing alternative relationships." And this is the sort of mindset that underscores their entire complaint. They present homosexuality as a concept that exists outside of the realm of deserved equality and civility, instead using terms like "special treatment" to refer to those who have made this "choice." And they use the intellectually dishonest tactic of making it seem like they simply have no clue what does and does not constitute actual discrimination, as they attempt to muddy the waters between which side is throwing stones and which is getting hit.

But then again, the schoolyard bully never owned up to stealing our lunch money either.

Advocates for Faith and Freedom's lawsuit (pdf) [AFF]

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Would that, by definition, make these people pro-discrimination?

Posted by: Brian | Nov 28, 2007 9:06:14 PM

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