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Weak-willed church allowed transgender bill, says Christian educator

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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A just-signed California law allows transgender students to access whatever restroom or locker room they want.

The head of a Christian educators' organization says it's now time for Christians to speak out.

Laursen, Finn (CEAI)Finn Laursen, executive director of Christian Educators Association International, suggests the new law should be a “wake-up call” for the body of Christ. He says Christians should “let speak logic, let speak wisdom, and let speak biblical worldview into our culture.”

The law has sparked outrage among conservatives because the bill allows male students in public schools who say they are transgender to use female restrooms, participate in female sports and even shower with girls.

Christian teachers are being put in the tough position of having to embrace a law that runs counter to their Christian convictions, Laursen says.

“You need to speak up and speak the biblical worldview, not in an abusive way,” says Laursen. “They’re ambassadors of Christ so need to show love, compassion and grace. But they don’t need to bow, or curtsy if you will, to an absurd and obscene law.”

Laursen believes weakness among Christians is allowing non-Christians to be the decision-makers. He says, in view of this new law, that's got to change.

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by on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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 Take up your sword, dear Churchians!

by Ruby Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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Sorry, I don't think that middle and high school students of one physical anatomy should be changing clothes and showering with those of the other. But then I don't agree with kids taking part in sports of the opposite gender either.
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Oh, the woes of the persecuted Christian. Sucks to be the religious majority in this country, I guess. The mean secular legal system won't allow them to use their holy book to craft legislation. Call the waaaahmbulance! The only people of faith treated worse than Christian's in this country are...well...Any. Other. Religion.

Quoting Della529:

 Take up your sword, dear Churchians!

by Pepperlynn on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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This is one of the millions of reasons im no longer associated with religion. Intolerant bigots.
by Sevrsaxhtharxxa on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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Sooo, non Christians should not be allowed to be involved in government?? Good to know your thoughts on that.. >.<

by Ruby Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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by Gina on Aug. 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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Dear Mr. Laursen,

The US is not now, nor has it ever been a theocracy with your religion as the state religion.

Deal with it. The rule of law is not exactly the same as the rule of the current interpretation of your holy book.

by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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I'm opposed to children choosing which bathroom they are going to use.  They make 2 for a reason.  It has nothing to do with my religion.

by on Aug. 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Locker Room Surprise – Mother Takes Action
Posted on May 30th 2013
What would you do if your high school aged daughter had to share a locker room with a male student?
This is exactly what’s happening to Mary (please note: real names have been concealed to protect their identity and privacy at this time).  Mary is a single mother, and her daughter Vanessa is a sophomore in high school who recently transferred to a charter school in Los Angeles.  Vanessa had quite a surprise when she went to her PE class and found that a boy who identifies as a girl (and dresses in a feminine manner) is not only allowed to be in the girls’ PE class, but also use the same locker room as the girls!
             Vanessa and this boy, Alex, both have lockers in the same row in the locker room – away from all of the other girls.
             Shortly after she joined the class, Vanessa began to be harassed by Alex.  First of all, she had to change clothes in front of
             this boy, as changing into PE clothes was a requirement for the class.  Meanwhile, Alex rarely, if ever, changed his clothes.
             He would watch Vanessa change at times and make comments on her appearance, even touching her hair.
This situation understandably made Vanessa feel uncomfortable and quite vulnerable.  Despite whatever personal identity Alex feels, he is still a boy, and Vanessa did not want to change in front of him day after day.  After a while, Vanessa started sharing a locker with a friend, away from the isolated area that she had shared with Alex.
Vanessa soon became a target and was “bullied” by Alex and his friend. 
At break times, Alex would often hang out in the girls’ restroom, making other girls uncomfortable, too. 
One time, another female student said that Alex and a female friend of his stood over one of the bathroom stalls and looked into the next stall – where she was using the facilities!  When Vanessa would enter the restroom, Alex would frequently make her the subject of his verbal harassment, and even some physical intimidation.
How does something like this even happen to our children?  Why are schools disregarding the privacy and protection of young girls? In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger of California passed Senate Bill (SB) 777, which essentially changed the definition of gender, saying:
     “‘Gender’ means sex, and includes a person’s gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
It also allowed students to participate in school activities and use school facilities  based on the gender they choose.  That means that boys who identify as girls can legally participate in girls-only classes/activities and use the girls’ restrooms/locker rooms.  Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill, AB 1266, which essentially restates this law, but adds the opportunity for students to participate in sports teams regardless of gender.
As in this case with Vanessa, boys who identify as girls can freely roam around and watch the girls change and harass the girls with comments about their appearance or unwanted touching.  Mary, Vanessa’s mother, said, “Without a doubt, these issues need to be addressed. We have constitutional rights, and such a school with the utmost integrity for education should also reflect on the Administration. As parents, we try to trust our children’s actions and choices, but when it comes to the safety and well-being of our children in school, who can we trust to create that safe environment? Boys should be in boys’ locker rooms as girls should be in their own. Hasn’t it always been that way?”
Article I of the California Constitution states that “[a]ll people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these [is] . . . privacy.”  In the case of York v. Story, the Ninth Circuit stated that it could not “conceive of a more basic subject of privacy than the naked body. The desire to shield one’s unclothed figure from [the] view of strangers, and particularly strangers of the opposite sex, is impelled by elementary self-respect and personal dignity.”  How will girls like Vanessa get the privacy they are promised by law if boys are suddenly allowed to share their locker rooms and bathrooms?
We find it astonishing that the constitutional rights of hundreds of female students are ignored for the sake of the statutory right of one student to claim the identity of the opposite sex.
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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delusional church thinks it's entitled to set public policy. 

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