Republican Assembly candidate Young Kim — who is looking to take the 65th Assembly District seat away from first-term Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva — has joined the effort to undo AB 1266, which
As a longtime member of the Cerritos Presbyterian Church, I am proud to announce that our church has joined the effort to overturn Assembly Bill 1266, the “Transgender Bathroom Bill.” From now until November 10, you can pick up a petition at our church, which is serving as one of the petition distribution centers.
This bill, which passed with a crucial vote by State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, allows boys and girls in K-12 to decide which bathroom, showers, or locker rooms to use. Like so many ideas out of Sacramento, this poorly written legislation creates a whole new set of ethical and legal challenges.
Although I empathize with youth that are struggling with gender identity issues or bullying, the solution isn’t to increase the harassment of women and girls. That’s why all of Orange County’s representatives, Republican and Democrat, opposed the bill — everyone except Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.
As a mother of four children, protecting the privacy of all school children is very important to me. That is why I have joined the growing movement throughout the state to overturn this bill by collecting signatures on the referendum petition. Churches, community groups, and individuals are stepping up and actively participating in this campaign.
We must collect 505,000 signatures before November 10th. If successful, we can stop this law from going into effect and the voters will have a chance to vote on this issue in November 2014 election.
I urge you to join me in this important petition drive. If you haven’t already, and if you are a registered voter, please sign the petition TODAY. You can click here to download petitions:
Kudos to Young Kim. AB 1266 by radical leftist Assemblyman Tom Ammiano embodies the intellectual bankruptcy of the liberal elites governing California. AB 1266 goes beyond simply allowing students to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex depending on the state of their “gender identification.” It de facto outlaws boys and girls sports. It’s a manifestation of how baldly Orwellian the Left has become, imposing rigid, top-down uniformity and intolerance of differences in the name of diversity and tolerance.
On a deeper level, Ammiano’s bill is an expression of the secular, materialist prism through which liberal ideology views the world. Human beings have no innate, intrinsic traits and characteristics. Instead, people are plastic and even the most fundamental, basic traits that define us human beings – like our sex — are fungible and subject to change depending on our state of mind and the prevailing cultural winds. Nothing it what it is; everything is merely a matter of perspective and preference. It is truly the triumph of mind over matter.
This is an old, not a new characteristic of Left-wing utopianism. The Soviets believed they could re-shape man into something new by manipulating the economic “superstructures” of society. The modern Left thinks we can be shaped into new and better people by legislation like AB 1266. It’s a difference of degree, not kind. Either way, i’s coercive state action to stamp out natural and good human behavior.
I am sure there are people of goodwill who support “marriage equality” but are shocked and dismayed by this bill and its implications. They shouldn’t be. When a human institution as ancient and basic as marriage can be quickly re-defined into something it has never been, it isn’t a big step to legislatively obliterate the distinction between boys and girls. There are no fixed points in the relativistic moral universe of the Left; lines exist to be crossed or erased. Indeed, those who do so are celebrated.
I’m reminded of this passage from the classic The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis:
“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
Another great Christian thinker, G.K. Chesterton, also identified the mentality so prevalent among California’s governing liberal elite:
In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”
Left-wingers like Ammiano aren’t done by a long-shot. There is always one more fence they want to take down.