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Breakpoint: 'Age of Consent in an Age of Discontent'

 By John Stonestreet and Jared Eckert In a win for LGBTQ, new bill places agents of the state between parents and children as young as 12 years old. Published October 27, 2023 A new California law signed by Governor Newsom on October 7 will enable strangers to lead children 12 and older on matters of mental health and their home life without requiring any parental consent. It’s a bizarre irony for a state that’s also suing the corporation Meta for harming children under age 13 through its social media platforms, based on the assumption that children are too vulnerable to resist the effects of social media. Evidently, children can’t resist their phones, but they should be able to make massive decisions about their minds, bodies, and family relationships without their parents’ consent. The new law, Assembly Bill 665 , expands an existing law that only applied to minors aged 12 and older with private health insurance. The new law includes minors aged 12 and older who are covered by publ

Second Calif. school district adopts parental notification policy for kids suffering from gender confusion

 By Samantha Kamman - Posted at The Christian Post: A California school district has enacted a policy requiring staff to inform parents if their child requests to identify as the opposite sex on the heels of violent threats that resulted in an arrest over a similar policy at another district in the state. The Murrieta Valley Unified School District heard comments from people on both sides of the debate about whether schools should inform parents if their child expresses a desire to identify as trans or non-binary. In a 3-2 vote following a meeting last Thursday, the board passed the proposal submitted by board President Paul F. Diffley III and clerk Nicolas Pardue. The policy requires staff to notify parents within three days after becoming aware of a student’s request to be treated as a member of the opposite sex. Staff must also notify parents if the student is using a bathroom or playing on an athletic team that does not align with their biological sex, and they must notify parent

Baptist Press: 'Disability advocacy groups sue to overturn California assisted suicide law'

 By Timothy Cockes - Posted at Baptist Press: LOS ANGELES (BP) – Several disability advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit asking California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), a law related to medically assisted suicide, to be declared “unlawful and unconstitutional.” The organizations believe the EOLOA , a seven-year-old law that was updated in 2021, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and fails to provide equal protection under the law as outlined in the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The updated law reduced to 48 hours the required waiting period between the first and second doses of lethal medications sought by terminally ill patients. Advocates for people with disabilities say the law violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because those with a terminal diagnosis are considered disabled. A release from the advocacy groups states the EOLOA law is purposefully unregulated by any entity in California and that state officials and agencies operate under a sy

Newsom Signs Bill That Removes Children from Parents Who Oppose Transgender Treatments

 By Michael Foust - Posted at Christian Headlines: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law that he says protects transgender-identifying children but that critics say will allow the state to take custody of out-of-state minors whose parents oppose transgender treatments. At issue is S.B. 107 , which Newsom and supporters say would make California a so-called “refuge” for children whose states restrict transgender treatments or whose parents oppose such treatments. At least four states have passed laws that ban puberty blockers, hormones and/or sex-change surgery involving children. Newsom signed the bill on Thursday, saying it “will ensure these kids and their families can seek and obtain the medical and mental health care they need.” Continue here...

California Launches $1 Million Website Promoting its Abortion Services

By Milton Quintanilla - Posted at Christian Headlines: Published September 16, 2022 California launched a publicly funded website earlier this week to promote the state's abortion services for undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens living inside and outside of California. According to CBN News , the website officially went live on Tuesday after it was announced by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsome. The website features information on different types of abortion and how to obtain one. The site also has a section for out-of-state residents and undocumented immigrants, explaining that federal policies keep immigration officials out of health care facilities. A list of clinics is included on the website, along with links to help with travel expenses and lodging. Additionally, there is a section informing teenagers in other states that they can get an abortion in California without parental consent. There are 166 abortion clinics across California, including Planned Parenthood offices.

Dad Loses Custody of Child for Opposing Transgender Treatments: 'This Case Should Frighten' America

 By Michael Foust - Posted at Christian Headlines: A California father lost custody of his transgender-identifying 16-year-old child after declaring his opposition to hormone therapy and after the judge asked the dad if he believes transgenderism “is a sin,” according to a new report. The father, Ted Hudacko, expressed unconditional love for his biological son in court proceedings before California Superior Court Judge Joni Hiramoto, who continually asked the dad if he could affirm the child’s self-identity. The child, a biological male, identifies as female and prefers they/them pronouns. Because of the father’s position, he eventually lost all parental rights, with no ability to see his child and no right to stop any medical treatments that could leave the child permanently infertile, according to the report. Read more...

California Bans State Travel to Iowa Over Medicaid Defunding of Transgender Surgeries

Wikipedia By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts: Iowa becomes the 11th state added to California’s official travel ban list because it defunded sex reassignment surgeries of Medicaid dollars. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced his state will restrict state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Iowa because the state passed a law defunding Medicaid dollars for transgender surgeries. Iowa becomes the 11th state that California has placed on its state travel ban. “The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare,” Becerra said. “California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it. That’s why my office is adding Iowa to the list of states subject to state-funded or sponsored travel restrictions.” Continue reading... 

Christian University Caves in to the LGBTQ Crowd

By Don Boys - Posted at American Thinker : You don't win battles when there is an abundance of white flags in your arsenal. Christian universities haven't grasped that concept. One after the other, Christian schools have hoisted the white flag of surrender regarding their practices, policies, and precepts. That's called apostasy. Last month, California passed a resolution calling on religious leaders to affirm homosexuality and "transgenderism" and to accept that Christian efforts to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion are "ineffective, unethical and harmful." Eager to please, Dr. Kevin Mannoia, Azusa Pacific University (APU) chaplain and the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, kissed the LGBTQ ring and genuflected under the rainbow flag by "directing pastors and counselors to reject biblical views of sexuality and deny counseling for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction

Christian School Hit with SWAT-Style Raid, CA Demands They Allow Sexual Exploration or Be Shut Down

By Andrea Morris - Posted at CBN News: The state is now saying that, due to recent legislation, it is no longer possible for a private boarding school to operate without a considerable amount of licensing and oversight by the Department of Social Services. A Christian school in California is facing a huge battle with the state. Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is representing River View Christian Academy in northern California. The school was raided earlier in the year, SWAT style, by the state. According to PJI , the raid was carried out by 16 armed law enforcement from California Highway Patrol, two canine units and 17 social workers. Students and staff were horrified by the sudden and unexpected attack. The state was misled into thinking that the school was harboring illegal drugs, amassing ammunition, and preparing for doomsday. Read more and watch the video here.

California Threatens to Boot Elderly Widow From Veterans Home Over Bible Studies

Yountville, CA —Officials with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) are threatening to evict an 84-year-old widow from the California Veterans Home unless she halts longtime Bible studies she has been leading for fellow residents. Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) represents Artis Breau, the widow who has come under fire. Artis and her late husband moved to the Veterans Home about nine years ago. Her husband had served as a Merchant Marine in World War II, served in the famed 82nd Airborne Division overseas, and then served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Meanwhile, Artis worked as a civilian employee in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon during the Korean War. For much of the past decade, Artis has volunteered with the chaplaincy program and led Bible studies in the Home. She began encountering opposition from officials last September when it was claimed that a discussion between herself and another resident about heav

Calif. lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

By Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service - Posted at Baptist Press: RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (BP) -- Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case of child abuse discovered Jan. 14 in Riverside County to call for more oversight of parents who teach their children at home. But homeschooling advocates say policymakers need to consider one key fact obscured by emotional reactions to the Tupin case: None of the organizations that track child abuse list homeschooling as a risk factor. Police discovered what media outlets have dubbed a "house of horrors" when one of David and Louise Turpin's 13 children escaped through a window in their stucco-sided, suburban home, which looked completely normal from the outside. But inside, investigators found signs of extreme abuse amid filthy conditions, with piles of human waste next to furniture where the parents had shackled the children. News reports quickly focused on a mitigating factor child safety advocates claim ena

Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

Gov. Jerry Brown - Wikipedia By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press : SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Pro-family advocates are lamenting California Gov. Jerry Brown's approval Oct. 15 of a bill expanding rights for individuals identifying as transgender but celebrating his veto the same day of a measure that threatened religious liberty. Brown, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 179, which adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who reject the designation of male or female and opt instead to be considered "nonbinary." Among his vetoes, meanwhile, was Assembly Bill 569, which would have made it illegal for religious organizations to prohibit their employees from having abortions or engaging in sex outside marriage. SB 179 will make California the first U.S. state allowing residents to identify their gender as "nonbinary" on birth certificates and state identification documents. The bill also will ease requirements for Ca