Proving once again that the "hate the sin, not the sinner" adage is nothing more than empty rhetoric, conservative evangelicals have launched a drive to force a statewide referendum on a California law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in schools.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
A group of religious conservatives launched a referendum drive Friday morning to overturn legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in school activities and instruction.
The legislation, Senate Bill 777, was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month with little notice because the governor, at nearly the same time, vetoed the same-sex marriage bill.
Conservative groups say the bill would require far-reaching changes in school curriculum and activities. "This will mean either getting rid of mom and dad or adding a homosexual couple," in a textbook, said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Family Impact.
The group has a tall order. It has to gather more than 400,000 signatures by January to put the bill before voters in June.
The sponsors of the legislation, Equality California, disagree about the impact of the new law. They argue that it will simply add more protections for gay and lesbian youth.
Why, you may ask, are these people spending so much time, energy and money to repeal protections that make schools safer for gay kids rather than focusing on expanding access to healthcare or ensuring that all kids get a quality education?
Surely it can't be because they are following Jesus' words about protecting the weak and the powerless.