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August 30, 2006

The Future of Dissent

Joseph Farah, on why the recent ruling requiring the condoning of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality in California institutions that get government money is a big deal.

I don't want to overstate this, but this is the end of religious freedom in the biggest state in the union.

The only alternative left for Christians and Jews and people of other faiths in California is quite literally to drop out. That means homeschooling. It means creating new institutions that won't touch any public funding – even when it is as tenuous as one student accepting a state grant. When you submit yourself or your institution to government regulation in California now, you tacitly accept the official state religion of paganism.

And don't think it will end here. It never does.

When more people choose to drop out, as they inevitably will, the coercive state will find new creative ways to come after them as well.

Just ask German homeschoolers. Yes, Farah's editorials are generally overheated, but this time I think he's really on to something. How far of a stretch is it, really, to imagine a law that makes this sort of coercion required for any business or institution simply operating in California, regardless of whether it gets state money? Not that much, in my mind.

Posted by Doug at August 30, 2006 04:13 PM

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And our best hope here is that there are far more "evanglicals" and other objectors, per capita, who take that step of pulling their kids from these schools than in nations like Germany and the rest of Europe. The time is now, here in our own country.

Posted by: Editor at August 30, 2006 05:56 PM

Doug, it's only one small step to state that no one at anytime may say anything negative about homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality regardless of govenrment funding or not.

This new law in California goes way beyond the slippery slope and falls off the cliff.

The sad thing is that most will accept this as the new reality and move on not realizing that the next thing you can't talk about in schools will be...... you fill in the blank.

Soon it will be like 1984, the novel, where good is bad and bad is good.

Posted by: Mark Triplett at August 30, 2006 08:36 PM

One wonders if the next step is to make it more difficult to homeschool in California. Right now, according to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association's website, it's not that difficult. If more and more folks pull their kids out, and public schools start losing money because of it, the state could start making it harder for folks to have that choice.

Posted by: Doug Payton at August 31, 2006 11:38 AM