89.3 KPCC: After SCOTUS rules in favor of Colorado baker, the implications for other businesses that refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds

June 4, 2018

California Family Council President Jonathan Keller is interviewed regarding: The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

‘It Will Trickle Down to the Bible’: Ex-LGBTQ Christians Rally Against CA Bill that Criminalizes Same-Sex Change

By Emily Jones: June 11, 2018

Monday, the California Family Council, in partnership with Equipped to Love, Capitol Resource Institute, and Faith and Public Policy, hand-delivered booklets documenting the testimonies of ex-LGBTQ individuals to every California Senator.

Sacramento Bee: The Influencer Series

June 4, 2018

Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council
Recognizing our state’s incredible geographic, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, leaders must reject “one-size-fits-all” policies and instead embrace subsidiarity.

CALmatters: Conversion-Therapy Conundrum: The California Legislature Considers a Bill Limiting Services That Attempt to Turn Gay People Straight

By Robbie Short, CALmatters: June 28, 2018

It is embraced by some religious and conservative groups, such as the California Family Council and the Pacific Justice Institute, which say the therapy offers an option to people who believe homosexuality and being transgender are immoral.

New York Times: The Christian Right Adopts a 50-State Strategy

By Katherine Stewart: June 20, 2018

For several years in his 20s, Mr. Domen has said, he had a relationship with a man. After the couple split up, Mr. Domen enrolled as a seminary student at Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian university in Azusa, Calif., and it was there that his life changed at last. He met his future wife; took a job at the California Family Council, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, an organization that promotes “biblical” answers to America’s social problems; and worked toward the passage of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 statewide ballot initiative stating that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

89.3 KPCC: California evangelicals joining opposition to family separations at border

89.3 KPCC Southern California: June 15, 2018

Jonathan Keller, a Southern Baptist who represents the California convention on legislative matters, said immigration reform is especially important to state’s evangelicals because they live in a border state and many congregations include immigrants, a growing population in the evangelical church.

“I believe that you can support a policy of border enforcement and following immigration laws while at the same time realizing that children need their parents,” said Keller, president of the California Family Council, which lobbies for evangelical interests in Sacramento.

CBS 13 Sacramento: Trump’s Family Planning Rollback Draws Backlash From California

May 24, 2018

“We believe human beings should be protected at all stages of life,” said Greg Burt.

Burt is with the California Family Council and says he, along with other pro-life advocates, don’t believe taxpayer dollars should be used to fund organizations that provide abortion services.

“Title X funds should be used for healthcare.”

Santa Clarita Free: Acosta and AB 2943

May 4, 2018

Faith-based groups such as the California Family Council oppose the bill, fearing the state would ban books and counseling services, among other things, that state a religion’s view of homosexuality and gender orientation.

Ridgecrest Daily Independent: ‘Unity’ the theme of this year’s Prayer Breakfast

May 3, 2018

Keller shifted to discuss some policies that his organization addresses, such as pro-life advocacy. “We are in a society that (does not value) (sic) the sanctity of human life,” he said. “In the U.S. today, in a lot of places, we do not respect God’s image in humanity and that’s played out in a lot of ways — racial inequalities, euthanasia and the issue of abortion.”

He said he was made aware of what was being done in the communities, and cited the numbers of abortions in California. “We need to work as a people of faith and come around to people faced with unplanned pregnancy and be the hands and feet of Jesus — to reach out and say that Jesus loves them, we love them and want to help them.”

Baptist Press: Homeschoolers defeat California oversight bill

By Leigh Jones/WORLD: May 3, 2018

“What we saw tonight was a massive victory for homeschool families, parental rights, and government by consent of the people,” said Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council. “Thanks to the thousands of homeschool families and supporters who flooded the Capitol, legislators were reminded that this building is still the people’s house.”

Church Militant: CA Gender-Affirming Law Strips Parental Rights

By Anita Carey: March 5, 2018

Greg Burt, director of Capitol Engagement for California Family Council, told Church Militant that in a recent article he published, he quoted medical professionals that say children have gender identities that are plastic, “meaning they can be molded by others,” and “they can be lead into the transgendered lifestyle.”

World Magazine: Compassion or castration?

By Kiley Crossland: March 2, 2018

“Children experiencing gender dysphoria need compassion, not castration,” said California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller. “This legislation would prescribe dangerous and untested drugs for uses not approved by the [Food and Drug Administration]. California should reject ideology and respect biology. Amputating healthy body parts is not healthcare. It’s legalized child abuse.”

Life Site News: Mom breaks down describing effects of kindergarten transgender lesson on her 5-year-old

By Lianne Laurence: February 23, 2018

As a result of the controversy, 90 children had been pulled from the school, according to a California Family Council (CFC) report.

That includes the two children of the mother, who ironically gave her heartfelt testimony at the Newcastle board meeting in support of a parental rights policy that, if adopted, won’t apply to Rocklin Academy Gateway because of its independent charter status, according to CFC.

Life Site News: Planned Parenthood launches ‘sweeping’ initiative to pass pro-abortion laws in every state

By Lianne Laurence: February 15, 2018

Planned Parenthood is also anticipating a victory in California on SB320, a bill compelling public universities to provide the abortion pill on campus.

The California senate passed SB320 January 30. It has now moved to the assembly, which is expected to vote on it in April. The California Family Council is urging Californians to contact their state representatives to oppose the bill.

The Diamond Back: UMD students need access to the abortion pill for their own safety

By Asha Kodan: February 11, 2018

Of course, the bill has not been met with unanimous support. Those who are opposed to the use of the abortion pill believe that “expanding a university’s mandate to include ending pre-born life” does not meet any educational goals. Some feel that by offering the pill in health centers, colleges would essentially be encouraging women to have abortions. The California Family Council is concerned with issues such as safety and medical training.

Bakersfield Californian: Community Voices –  Prayer rally was really about ‘gay agenda,’ not to uphold Constitution

By Brian Russom: February 7, 2018

It was at a public rally at the downtown Liberty Bell hosted by the California Family Council, a right-wing Christian group notorious for opposing gay rights, women’s health choices and anti-bullying efforts in public schools. They were there to hold a prayer rally in support of Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery, who broke the law by refusing to make a wedding cake for two lesbians.

KBAK CBS/FOX Bakersfield: Judge hears arguments in Tastries Bakery fight over same-sex wedding cake

By Reyna Harvey: February 2, 2018

Friday, the California Family Council organized a prayer rally in support of Cathy Miller before the court hearing.

“I am overwhelmed by love and blessings, prayers, it was amazing,” Miller said. “I am really pleased that it was respectful, and that we could all gather here, people from both sides.”

23 ABC News Bakersfield: Prayer to be held for California Baker who refused to design cake for same-sex couple

January 30, 2018

The California Family Council announced that they will be leading a prayer in support of Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, before her court hearing on Friday.

Miller has been under fire since August when she explained to an already married same-sex couple that she could not design them a wedding cake due to her religious beliefs.

Voice of America: California Considers Medical Abortion on Public College Campuses

By Kelly Jean Kelly: February 4, 2018

The California Family Council said the state had gone too far in this case, and even some California State University officials expressed concern about the details of the proposal. A spokesperson for the CSU chancellor’s office says the requirement will impose high costs for insurance, safety measures, medical training, and 24-hour support for medical emergencies.

The New York Review of Books: The Nonbinary Gender Trap

By Robin Dembroff: January 30, 2018

Even as it was signed into law, the Gender Recognition Act was condemned by the right as opposing nature, science, and even God. Conservative groups argued that legal gender should reflect the supposed fact that nature designates everyone as a “biological male” or “biological female.” The California Family Council dubbed the Act the “Change Your Gender Bill” and derided it as replacing “a physical description of reality” with “a description of feelings and self-identification.”

The New American: California Senate Votes for Free Abortion Pills at State Universities

By Michael Tennant: January 30, 2018

That sounds harmless enough, but as LifeNews points out, “The abortion pills are responsible for the deaths of dozens of women worldwide, including several in the United States; and they have injured at least 1,100 women in the United States, according to 2006 figures from the FDA. A Planned Parenthood study admits at least one woman is seriously injured from the abortion pills daily.”

In addition, asserted California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller, the drugs can cause “psychological anguish that could last a lifetime.”

 

WWFA 8 ABC Dallas, TX: California colleges may be required to provide abortion pills to students

By Alexa Renee: January 10, 2108

CFC is a Christian group that focuses on California public policy. CFC and other pro-life advocates are adamantly against universities getting involved with abortion procedures.

“…It is unconscionable that politicians would promote a drug which will leave an untold number of female students struggling with the trauma of giving birth to their dead babies up to 10 weeks old in their dorm rooms,” the CFC states on their website.

The Daily Signal: California Democrat Wants to Mandate State Colleges Have Abortion Pills Ready for Students

By Grace Carr: December 29, 2017

“Not only will this bill destroy the lives of innocent children, but the chemical abortion medication being mandated has a notorious reputation for being very painful and traumatic,” California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller said, LifeNews reports. “These drugs are known for not just causing physical pain to the mother, but psychological anguish that could last a lifetime,” he added.

LifeNews.com: Legislator Wants to Mandate That All Public Universities Stock Abortion Pills for Students

By MICAIAH BILGER: December 28, 2017 

“Not only will this bill destroy the lives of innocent children, but the chemical abortion medication being mandated has a notorious reputation for being very painful and traumatic,” said California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller. “These drugs are known for not just causing physical pain to the mother, but psychological anguish that could last a lifetime.”

Daily Signal: California Democrat Wants to Mandate State Colleges Have Abortion Pills Ready for Students

By Grace Car: December 27, 2017

“Not only will this bill destroy the lives of innocent children, but the chemical abortion medication being mandated has a notorious reputation for being very painful and traumatic,” California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller said, LifeNews reports. “These drugs are known for not just causing physical pain to the mother, but psychological anguish that could last a lifetime,” he added.

LA Times: Transgender rights: Los Angeles families complain of insensitive treatment during court hearings

Marisa Gerber: December 3, 2017

Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, a Fresno-based religious liberties group that opposed the legislation, said eliminating the requirement of a doctor’s note will inevitably lead to abuse.

“We have more requirements on people who want to drive without correctable lenses,” he said. “We don’t just take people’s word…This opens Pandora’s Box.”

Rolling Stone: Transgender Prisoners: What an Inmate’s Surgery Means for Trans Rights

By Aviva Stahl: November 9, 2017

In California and across the country, right-wing activists have vocally opposed Quine’s surgery. In February 2017, the conservative California Family Council issued a press release castigating the settlement as a “bizarre reflection of priorities” and an “obvious perversion of the Eighth Amendment.” The organization, which has vocally opposed California’s efforts to support trans and gay school children, lambasted the cost of Quine’s procedure and the impact it might have on the victim’s family. “Not only is this decision a frivolous use of taxpayer dollars, it is prioritizing the feelings and needs of a murderer over those of innocent citizens,” it stated in its press release.

Ed Source: California state board asked to reject textbooks that fall short on LGBT contributions

By THERESA HARRINGTON, November 6, 2017

Critics of the LGBT references include Greg Burt, director of Capitol Engagement for the California Family Council, who has blogged about the issue and urged his readers to voice their concerns about the texts to the commission and to local school boards. “We do not support the inclusion of language in textbooks to promote a version of sexual orientation and gender identity that doesn’t take into account the sincerely held moral and religious beliefs of millions of California parents,” he wrote in a letter. “Many parents within the state are teaching their children that gender is based on biology, not feelings, and that sexual behavior should not be guided by natural inclinations, but by the moral precepts found in the sacred writings of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths.”

Santa Cruz Sentinel: ‘Gender revolution’: Santa Cruz County advocates celebrate landmark law

By Nicholas Ibarra, November 1, 2017

Opposition to the bill was limited, with just two groups — the California Family Council and Catholics for the Common Good Institute — and two individuals speaking out against the bill in Sacramento, claiming it could lead to identity fraud and cause issues with travel outside the state.

Biblical Recorder: California embraces gender identity laws

By Kiley Crossland, October 27, 2017

“Is gender a real thing, or the description of a feeling?” asked Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement for the California Family Council, a group that actively opposed all four measures. “We believe government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” said Jonathan Keller, California Family Council CEO. “Secondly, the bill advances a falsehood; that being male or female, or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept. Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”

Los Angeles Loyolan: Non-binary gender option a win for LGBTQ+ community

By Jennifer Lee, Asst. Opinion Editor, October 25, 2017

According to Caron, some groups, including California Family Council, have criticized the bill over the worry that public schools will have to pay for the expense of creating non-binary sports teams, as well as the worry that this could lead to identity fraud, according to Caron.

Christian News Network: California Governor Signs Bill Allowing Residents to Identify as ‘Nonbinary’ on Driver’s Licenses

By Garrett Haley, October 22, 2017

However, the nonprofit California Family Council voiced opposition to the bill and warned of its far-reaching implications. “The bill advances a falsehood; that being male or female, or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept,” said Jonathan Keller, the council’s CEO. “Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions, if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”

“Pull out your driver’s license and you will see that all the identification characteristics listed are physical descriptions,” said Greg Burt of the California Family Council in a testimony against Senate Bill 179. “Eye color, hair color, height, weight and sex: These are all listed on a driver’s license because these physical characteristics can be independently verified by physical evidence, even if a person is unconscious.”

“If you allow someone who is physically male to list themselves on a government document as a female, or vice a versa, then the government will be legalizing a lie,” he added.

Baptist Press: Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

By David Roach, October 19, 2017

The California Family Council – a partner organization of the California Southern Baptist Convention that engages public policy debates from a Christian worldview perspective – called SB 179 “incredibly tragic” on Twitter. The CFC added in an Oct. 17 Facebook post, “The state of California no longer believes in the dictionary definition of a man or a woman, which says sex is determined by certain physical characteristics. Now in California any man can declare themselves a woman, and any woman can use the word ‘man’ for self-identification, no questions asked, no physical proof required. “… This will not be the end of our journey into irrationality. It is just the beginning. Just watch what happens now that state leaders have established that feelings are more reliable than physical facts when determining what is real and what is true. God help us,” the CFC stated.

The New American: California Becomes First State to Recognize Third Gender

By Dave Bohon, October 19, 2017

But Jonathan Keller of the conservative California Family Council (CFC) said the measure is fraught with problems that conflict with a properly functioning society. “We believe government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” he said in a statement before passage of the bill. “Secondly, the bill advances a falsehood — that being male or female, or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept. Laws like this will simply erase any meaningful gender definitions — if being male or female is completely divorced from biological facts.”

Following Governor Brown’s signing of the bill into law, CFC took to Facebook to lament the measure’s passage. “The state of California no longer believes in the dictionary definition of a man or a woman, which says sex is determined by certain physical characteristics,” the group said in a Facebook post. “Now in California any man can declare himself a woman, and any woman can use the word ‘man’ for self-identification, no questions asked, no physical proof required.”

The pro-family group predicted that “this will not be the end of our journey into irrationality. It is just the beginning. Just watch what happens now that state leaders have established that feelings are more reliable than physical facts when determining what is real and what is true. God help us.”

The New York Times: Californians Will Soon Have Nonbinary as a Gender Option on Birth Certificates

By CHRISTINA CARON, October 19, 2017

And the California Family Council said the inclusion of a third gender on state documents would create the need for nonbinary sports teams at public schools, at a great expense. In an opinion article published in The San Diego Union-Tribune in July, the group’s president, Jonathan Keller, warned that if the law were enacted, “California’s nearly 150 public colleges and universities, and all 10,453 public schools would be required to provide not only male and female athletic teams and facilities but nonbinary ones as well,” to comply with the Title IX federal civil rights law.

Le Figaro: California officially recognizes the existence of a “third genre”

By Aude Bariéty, October 18, 2017

Toni Atkins told Le Figaro that she “was not sure the governor was going to sign the law,” but that she “had reason to be optimistic,” since Jerry Brown “often supported equal rights” in the past. The main opposition to the project came from the California Family Council, which also denounced, in a tweet, an “incredibly tragic” law. “SB 179 sows danger and confusion. People who suffer from gender dysphoria should be loved, but we should not lie to them. Biology is not bigotry. “

The Christian Post: California Becomes First State to Legalize ‘Nonbinary’ Gender on Documents

By Stoyan Zaimov, October 17, 2017

The conservative California Family Council has opposed the bill, however, arguing that it “advances a lie; that being male or female, or no gender at all, is a choice each person has a right to make.” The group has also criticized Brown for signing other recent bills, such as SB 219, which threatens penalties for long-term care center workers if they fail to use the preferred pronouns for patients who identify as transgender.

“Compelled speech violates free speech,” said Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council. “SB 219 forces people to use words that aren’t even in the dictionary.” “SB 219 tries to place ‘misgendering’ someone on the same level as physical abuse,” Keller continued. “Everyone should be treated with respect in nursing homes, and that includes those who believe gender is based on biology, not feelings.”

Fox Denver 31: California to allow third option for gender on driver’s licenses

By CNN WIRE, October 17, 2017

Not everyone in the state supported the bill. The conservative California Family Council opposed it, telling the San Francisco Chronicle that the legislation “advances a lie; that being male or female, or no gender at all, is a choice each person has a right to make.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: California governor signs gender-recognition bill for nonbinary people

By MELODY GUTIERREZ, October 16, 2017

The conservative California Family Council opposed the bill, saying the legislation “advances a lie; that being male or female, or no gender at all, is a choice each person has a right to make.”

Life news net: California Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill to Force Christian Schools to Hire Abortion Activists

By MICAIAH BILGER, October 16, 2017

Pro-life and religious groups, including the California Catholic Conference and the California Family Council, strongly opposed the measure, saying it would violate their First Amendment rights. “An organization specifically chartered to support or oppose a specific set of beliefs or actions cannot fulfill its mission without requiring adherence to a code of conduct,” said Jonathan Keller, president of the conservative California Family Council, earlier this year.

Edmonton Journal: Rule gives Oregonians non-gender option on driver’s license

By ANDREW SELSKY, October 15, 2017

In California, the state Senate by a 26-12 vote passed a bill on May 31 to add a third gender option on state IDs, sending it to the state Assembly. The California Family Council, a conservative Christian group, opposes it, arguing that “government documents need to reflect biological facts for identification.” http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/rule+gives+oregonians+nongender+option+drivers+license/15190167/story.html

The Christian Post: Georgia Mother Shocked Over School Quiz Asking 12-Y-O Daughter to Name Her Sexual Identity

By Stoyan Zaimov, October 11, 2017

“When you’re talking about something as sensitive and controversial as gender identity, for them to say they can’t provide an opt-out for parents is just flat-out wrong,” said Greg Burt of the California Family Council. He added that 40 families and 71 children have left Rocklin Academy Schools over the controversy.

Life Site News: California law jails nursing home employees who ‘mis-gender’ residents

By Mark Hodges, October 11, 2017

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Greg Burt of California Family Council argued before the state Judiciary Committee. “Compelled speech is not free speech.” Burt surmised that the First Amendment prohibits forced or coerced speech or thought. He illustrated his point by using the free press and gender non-conforming words such as “Zir” as an example.  “Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary?” he rhetorically asked. “Of course not — or is that coming next?”

Huffington Post: California becomes the first US state to officially recognize a third genre

By Anissa Mahdaoui, October 10, 2017

Note that the legalization of this new genre was not unanimous. The conservative Council California Family Council had indeed opposed, considering in particular that the law advanced “a lie”. Continuing in these remarks reported by the American newspaper SFGATE , “that being a man or a woman, or having no gender at all is a choice that everyone is entitled to do”.

Washington Free Beacon: New California Law Allows Prison Time for Workers Who Use Wrong Gender Pronoun

By Katelyn Caralle, October 10, 2017

Greg Burt of the California Family Council opposes the new law and spoke out against the bill in it early stages before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August. “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others,” Burt said. “Compelled speech is not free speech … True tolerance tolerates people with different views.”

The New American: California Law Threatens Nursing Homes for Not Using Transgenders’ Preferred Pronouns

By Michael Tennant, October 10, 2017

“How can you believe in free speech but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Greg Burt of the California Family Council asked the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in July. “Compelled speech,” he added, “is not free speech.” Of such opinions, Burt said in July, “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

Western Journalism: Controversial California Law Makes It Illegal Not To Use ‘Preferred’ Gender Pronouns

By Randy DeSoto, October 9, 2017

California Family Council’s Greg Burt testified before the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in July, saying, “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” He added, “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”

Fox News Channel: New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen

By Brooke Singman, October 9, 2017

One opponent of the law, the California Family Council’s Greg Burt, slammed the measure when the bill was in its early stages. “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” he said to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August, according to CBN News.

Refinery 29: California Bill Could Stop Employers From Firing Women Who Use Birth Control

By ANDREA GONZÁLEZ-RAMÍREZ, September 29, 2017

One of the main critics of the RHNDA is California Family Council president Jonathan Keller, who argues the bill won’t let religious organizations follow their pro-life beliefs. “Every organization that promotes a pro-life message must be able to require its employees to practice what they preach,” Keller said in a statement. “The right to freely exercise one’s religion is enshrined in our Constitution, and has always protected every American’s ability to freely associate around shared beliefs and practices. It is unconscionable for any politician to attempt to abridge this sacrosanct religious liberty by inserting themselves into the employee-employer relationship.”

Newsweek: SCHOOL BOOKS SHOULD INCLUDE LGBTQ AMERICANS, CALIFORNIA EDUCATION ACTIVISTS DEMAND

By BEATRICE DUPUY, September 28, 2017

The California Family Council released a statement in opposition of the department changing the books. “We do not support the inclusion of language in textbooks to promote a version of sexual orientation and gender identity that doesn’t take into account the sincerely held moral and religious beliefs of millions of California parents,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement for the council, said in a statement.

The Christian Post: Kansas Schools Resisting Pressure to Carry Transgender Book Promoting Sex Surgeries to Children

By Stoyan Zaimov, September 28, 2017

Greg Burt of the California Family Council slammed the decision, and pointed out that it has led to 40 families and 71 children leaving Rocklin Academy Schools. “A lot of parents were holding out to see what the school board would do, hoping that they would respond positively,” Burt said. “Now that they haven’t … I think you’re going to have a much bigger reaction. But we’ll see.”

Politifact: California Claims mislead about California forcing jail time for using wrong transgender pronoun

By Chris Nichols, September 26, 2017

Greg Burt of the California Family Council, a nonprofit that advocates for parental rights and religious liberties, said his group is concerned the legislation — and its requirement to use the correct pronoun — curbs free speech. The group was among the bill’s earliest opponents. “When the government starts compelling people to use particular language, that’s a violation of freedom of speech,” Burt said. “And that’s what this bill does, it’s compelling people to use pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary yet.”

Burt said he’s always pointed out that violations of the bill would have to be willful and repeated before they’d be punishable by jail time. “I’ve never tried to imply that if somebody mistakenly misgenders somebody, they’re going to jail,” he added. Burt said the bill doesn’t make clear that criminal charges would only follow if one was exposed to the risk of death or serious physical harm. The bill doesn’t spell this point out explicitly, but instead refers to the state’s health and safety code, which under Section 1248.8 outlines factors which a court should consider before imposing punishment for someone guilty of a misdemeanor. One of those factors includes the risk of death or serious physical harm.

Asked about the conservative news articles, Burt said there’s no way they can fit all the information about a bill into a short headline. He added that if they did not make clear that jail time would only result from purposeful and repeated violations, they should be criticized. Groups such as the California Family Council had urged long-term care centers with a religious affiliation be exempted from the bill. No such exemption was made.

Life Site News: More than 40 families pull children from school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds

By Lianne Laurence, September 22, 2017

The board did approve a policy directing teachers to try to let parents know beforehand that sensitive material would be taught, but the measure is “really weak” according to Greg Burt of the California Family Council.

San Francisco Chronicle: New gender category ‘X’ awaits Gov. Brown’s decision

By Heather Knight, September 26, 2017

It’s the kind of proposal that makes certain Americans look to California and sneer in disgust. The conservative California Family Council, for example, opposes the bill because it “advances a lie — that being male or female or no gender at all is a choice each person has the right to make.”

Canada Free Press: SEXUAL REVOLUTIONARIES AND CULTURAL MARXISTS INFILTRATING OUR SCHOOLS

By Katy Grimes, September 21, 2017

California Family Council Director Greg Burt disagrees with Ashford. “It does not prohibit an opt-out provision for school districts, so for them to say that is just disingenuous,” Burt said in response to Ashford’s statement.

The Christian Post: Dozens of Parents, Students Leave Calif. Elementary School System After Board OKs Transgender Books

By Stoyan Zaimov, September 21, 2017

Greg Burt of the California Family Council told LifeSiteNews that the amendment is “really weak,” however, and provides no opt out option, which some parents had called for. “There’s no mandatory requirement,” Burt said, noting that the policy does not suggest there will be accountability for a teacher if he or she does not notify parents of controversial subject matter.

He pointed out that the school district allows other kinds of opt-outs, such as from looking at the recent solar eclipse across America. “When you’re talking about something as sensitive and controversial as gender identity, for them to say they can’t provide an opt-out for parents is just flat-out wrong,” he said. He revealed that 40 families and 71 children have left Rocklin Academy Schools due to the transgender debate. “A lot of parents were holding out to see what the school board would do, hoping that they would respond positively,” Burt said. “Now that they haven’t … I think you’re going to have a much bigger reaction. But we’ll see.”

Life Site News: California school board won’t let kids opt out of transgender lessons

By Lianne Laurence, September 19, 2017

And while the five-member board approved a policy to notify parents for lessons on controversial subjects, the amendment was “really weak,” says Greg Burt of the California Family Council. “There’s no mandatory requirement,” he told LifeSiteNews. The board policy directs teachers to “try to notify parents” when “something controversial comes up” but “doesn’t require any accountability if the teacher doesn’t do it,” Burt said.

Bustle: What Is Assembly Bill 569? California Wants To Prevent Companies From Firing People Who Use Birth Control

By CATE CARREJO, September 19, 2017

“Every organization that promotes a pro-life message must be able to require its employees to practice what they preach,” said California Family Council President Jonathan Keller. “It is unconscionable for any politician to attempt to abridge this sacrosanct religious liberty by inserting themselves into the employee-employer relationship.”

The Bay Area Reporter: Online Extra: Gays Across America: Stanford study links facial features, sexual orientation

By Seth Hemmelgarn, September 19, 2017

According to the conservative California Family Council’s Greg Burt, in August, a student in kindergarten at Rocklin Academy Gateway “announced his new gender identity to his class in a way that confused and scared some of his classmates.”

Rewire: California Bill Says Church Employer Can’t Fire Workers if They Use Birth Control (Updated)

By Nicole Knight, September 18, 2017

Sixteen faith-based groups signed a letter supporting AB 569, but opponents argue the bill’s employment protections infringe on so-called religious freedom. “Every organization that promotes a pro-life message must be able to require its employees to practice what they preach,” said California Family Council President Jonathan Keller. “It is unconscionable for any politician to attempt to abridge this sacrosanct religious liberty by inserting themselves into the employee-employer relationship.”

Capitol Public Radio: Thursday Capitol Roundup: Housing Package Ekes Through Assembly After Dramatic (And Lengthy) Vote

By Sammy Caiola, Ben Adler & Ben Bradford

Some employers see Gonzalez Fletcher’s bill as an affront to their first amendment rights. Greg Burt of the Christian-affiliated California Family Council puts it this way: “How can you tell a pro-life organization or a church or a school that they can’t hire people that agree with their views on abortion or sex before marriage? I don’t understand how this is not going to cause huge lawsuits.”

The Christian Times: California bill seeks to punish nurses who fail to use preferred pronouns of transgender patients

By Jardine Malado, September 5, 2017

The California Family Council, which had testified against the measure in July, noted that Wiener had said during the hearing of the bill that it does not carry an exemption for people of faith. “The argument that religious views can create an exemption for civil rights laws or complying with civil rights laws is a highly radical notion,” the senator said at the time. “Everyone is entitled to their religious view, but when you enter the public space; when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law,” he added.

Greg Burt, with the California Family Council, argued during the hearing that the measure would infringe on the First Amendment rights of workers by compelling them to use speech with which they do not agree.

Desert Sun: Gender X? California may be first state to create broad ‘nonbinary’ option

By Ben Christopher, September 4, 2017

At an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing in July, a lobbyist for the council brought along a copy of the American Heritage College Dictionary to recite the meaning of the word “female.” “Since the dictionary has not been changed to accommodate this new gender definition, that should be an indication your constituents still believe that gender is based on biology,” Greg Burt said.

But the council has also raised logistical and legal concerns. These arguments, less vulnerable to the critique that they are motivated by prejudice, have been echoed by some Republican lawmakers in committee as well.

Washington Examiner: California would be first to give residents a third gender option

By Anna Giaritelli, September 4, 2017

Other organizations, including the California Family Council, oppose the proposal and have urged lawmakers not to play God by changing how society defines gender. “If you allow someone who is physically male to list themselves on a government document as a female, or vice versa, then the government will be legalizing a lie. That’s assuming we are still using the dictionary to define what a male and a female is,” CFC Director of Capitol Engagement Greg Burt testified before the California State Transportation and Housing Committee in April. “As state senators, I know you think you are powerful, but you do not have the authority to simply change the meaning of words just because you want to.”

 

Catholic News Agency: California bill seeks to punish ‘misgendering’ with jail time

By Mary Rezac, September 2, 2017

Greg Burt, with the California Family Council, testified against SB 219 in July, noting that it would infringe on the First Amendment rights of workers by compelling them to use speech with which they might not agree. “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Burt asked members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee during his testimony. “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Crux: California bill seeks to punish ‘misgendering’ with jail time

By Mary Rezac, September 2, 2017

Greg Burt, with the California Family Council, testified against SB 219 in July, noting that it would infringe on the First Amendment rights of workers by compelling them to use speech with which they might not agree. “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Burt asked members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee during his testimony. “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”

Burt also denounced the bill for lacking any religious exemptions for religiously-affiliated institutions. “Those proposing this bill are saying, ‘If you disagree with me about my view of gender, you are discriminating against me’,” Burt testified. “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect… True tolerance, tolerates people with different views.  We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

 

Bay Area Reporter: New school year, more anti-LGBT issues

By Seth Hemmelgarn, August 31, 2017

There was also controversy in Rocklin, which is near Sacramento. According to the conservative California Family Council’s Greg Burt, a student in kindergarten “announced his new gender identity to his class in a way that confused and scared some of his classmates.”

Life Site News: Pediatric expert calls kindergarten transgender lesson ‘psychological abuse’

By Lianne Laurence, August 29, 2017

Several parents say their children fear they will “change” into the opposite sex, and one says her son now wants to wear dresses to school, according to Greg Burt of the California Family Council, which is advising parents.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

National Review: Forcing Transgender Ideology on Kindergartens

By ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS, August 29, 2017

The kindergarten teacher did not notify parents of the lesson and ceremony in advance; they found out only after their children came home and told them. Many of the students reported being “deeply emotionally bothered and traumatized,” according to Jonathan Keller of California Family Council, a group that has been counseling the families about their rights.

Liberty Nation: CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO JAIL PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE TRANSGENDER PRONOUNS

By Mark Angelides, August 27, 2017

Critics of the bill are questioning how it fits in with the First Amendment; Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified: “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

The Blaze: First-grader sent to principal’s office for misidentifying another child’s ‘new’ gender

By Sarah Taylor, August 25, 2017

“These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told local station KTXL-TV.

The Daily Caller: California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns

By Anders Hagstrom, August 25, 2017

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July. “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

Life Site News: School refuses to answer parents’ questions about kindergarten transgender lesson

By Lianne Laurence, August 24, 2017

“Parents were notified only a week later and told only “that two books had been read, not that there was a transgender student in the class,” according to a parent statement provided to LifeSiteNews by Greg Burt of the California Family Council.Thursday, August 24, 2017 Life Site News School refuses to answer parents’ questions about kindergarten transgender lesson Lianne Laurence “Parents were notified only a week later and told only “that two books had been read, not that there was a transgender student in the class,” according to a parent statement provided to LifeSiteNews by Greg Burt of the California Family Council.

That parent is also getting hate mail among the responses to a petition she has launched, Burt said. “People are afraid to talk about this issue.”

Schools also “are scared to death” they’ll be sued or charged with discrimination, Burt said.
California’s senate is now poised to pass SB-179, which will create a “third” gender for birth certificates and driver’s licenses, Burt said.

Added Burt: “So what’s a school do if a boy comes in and it says legally on his birth certificate that he’s a girl and he’s obviously not a girl?”

The kindergarten blowup in Rocklin is the inevitable result of such legislation, Burt says.

The California Family Council is “pleading with parents and religious leaders speak out publicly regarding their opposition to laws that promote transgenderism and to call and personally meet with their legislators,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“Way too many people who disapprove of these government policies have been silent about their opposition. And policy makers have interpreted this silence as approval of the direction they have been going. That has to stop,” added Burt.”

Women of Grace: Transgender “Reveal” in Kindergarten Class Outrages Parents

By S Brinkman, August 24, 2017

“According to the California Family Council (CFC), a Focus on the Family organization that is advising parents involved in this incident, parents want the school to adopt a parental notification policy, with an opt-out option, that requires teachers to notify parents before controversial material like this is presented to students. They also want all anti-bullying materials and other books used in the classroom to be approved by the Rocklin Academy School Board with parental input and oversight. The the petition for these changes has already gathered signatures from 150 parents

The CFC’s Jonathan Keller said they are looking into what more can be done to protect parental rights going forward.

“It’s such an egregious case, we’re trying to figure out what can be done, from the legal perspective, the legislative perspective, or at the very least at the local level.””

CALmatters: Gender X?: California may be first state to create broad “nonbinary” option

By Ben Christopher, August 24, 2017

In the Legislature, opposition has come from predictable quarters. Christian conservative organizations such as the California Family Council and church groups have bemoaned what they call a fundamental redefinition of gender, which they consider to be an immutable characteristic connected to biological traits. At an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing in July, a lobbyist for the council brought along a copy of the American Heritage College Dictionary to recite the meaning of the word “female.” “Since the dictionary has not been changed to accommodate this new gender definition, that should be an indication your constituents still believe that gender is based on biology,” Greg Burt said. But the council has also raised logistical and legal concerns. These arguments, perhaps less vulnerable to the critique that they are motivated by prejudice, have been echoed by some Republican lawmakers in committee as well.

The Christian Institute: Kids left ‘traumatized’ after US school conducts ‘transition ceremony’ for 5-year-old boy

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Parents were only informed of the incident by their children, according to Jonathan Keller of the California Family Council. He added that a number of families have withdrawn their children from the school following the incident. Keller said the incident had left a number of the class, “really deeply emotionally bothered and traumatized.”

The New American: Kindergarten Parents Infuriated by Lesson on Transgenderism

By Raven Clabough, August 23, 2017

““There were several of the little girls that went to their parents and were crying and saying, ‘mommy or daddy, am I going to turn into a boy?’” explains Jonathan Keller of the California Family Council.

Keller indicates that he learned from one parent that her son, who had never given “gender” a thought before the lesson, is now asking if he can come to school dressed as a girl.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Gospel Herald Society: Kindergarten Children ‘Traumatized’ After Teacher Conducts Transgender ‘Transition Ceremony’ for Student

By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT, August 23, 2017

Some concerned parents went to the Pacific Justice Institute and the California Family Council to represent them. “These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told FOX40.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Christian Post: Kindergarten Teacher Hosts ‘Gender Transition’ Ceremony During Class for 5-Y-O; Kids Traumatized

By Brandon Showalter, August 23, 2017

“Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, told LifeSiteNews Monday that the teacher then “”put on this more-or-less transition ceremony”” for this transitioning child.

The teacher introduced the 5-year-old student to the class as a boy, and then he entered the bathroom and came out dressed as a girl. The teacher then told the rest of the children that their classmate was now a “”girl,”” saying that “”she”” had a girl’s name and they were instructed to call “”her”” that from that point on.

Keller told LifeSiteNews that as a result of this, some kids were “”really deeply emotionally bothered and traumatized.””

“”There were several of the little girls that went to their parents and were crying and saying, ‘mommy or daddy, am I going to turn into a boy?'”””

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Blaze: Kindergartner revealed as transgender to classmates, then teacher reads transgender books to class

By Dave Urbanski, August 23, 2017

“These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told the station.

CBN News: Kindergarteners Scared They Will Be ‘Turned into Boys’ After School’s Transgender Celebration

August 23, 2017

“Johnathan Keller, an advisor with the California Family Council, a Focus on the Family-founded group, told the news outlet that the teacher had a ceremony.

Greg Burt who is the director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council said students were traumatized.

“”These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,”” Burt told Fox News.

“”They’re concerned that they weren’t notified this was coming,”” Burt said.”

Life Site News: Nursing home workers may be jailed for not using transgender pronouns

By Mark Hodges, August 22, 2017

California Family Council’s Greg Burt testified before the state Judiciary Committee, asking, “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” “Compelled speech is not free speech,” he continued. “Those proposing this bill are saying, ‘If you disagree with me about my view of gender, you are discriminating against me.’“ “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views,” Burt concluded. “We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street.” “It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

 

Daily Mail: ‘My daughter came home crying afraid she’d turn into a boy’: Parents’ anger after kindergarten lesson has student’s transgender reveal occur mid-class

By MARY KEKATOS: August 22, 2017

Concerned parents went to the Pacific Justice Institute and the California Family Council to represent them. ‘These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,’ Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told FOX40.

The Stream: Kindergarten Teacher Holds ‘Transition Ceremony’ for Boy Who Wants to be a Girl

By Nancy Flory: August 22, 2017

Other parents contacted California Family Council (CFC). CFC is a Focus on the Family organization that is advising them. Jonathan Keller of the CFC said that parents found out about the lesson from their children.

Keller said that the teacher “essentially put on this more-or-less transition ceremony” for the boy. Children were “really deeply emotionally bothered and traumatized,” he added. “There were several of the little girls that went to their parents and were crying and saying, ‘mommy or daddy, am I going to turn into a boy?’” According to Keller, another boy in the class now wants to wear girls’ clothing to school.

Some parents have removed their children from the school. Other parents are circulating a petition to change the school’s policies. In the meantime, Keller said that CFC is looking into what it can do to protect parental rights going forward. “It’s such an egregious case, we’re trying to figure out what can be done, from the legal perspective, the legislative perspective, or at the very least at the local level.”

Mercury News: Not male or female: Proposed law would create gender-neutral option on California IDs

By TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND: August 20, 2017

Yet it faces opposition from traditional family values advocates and religious-based groups. “It advances a falsehood that being male or female or no gender at all is a choice each person must make, not a fact to celebrate and accept,” said Jonathan Keller, CEO of the Family Research Council. The group also takes issue with part of the proposed law that would allow parents to choose their child’s gender without a medical evaluation. Keller said the appearance of transgender and queer people has “created difficult or uncomfortable situations for biological females in female-only spaces.” “SB 179 removes some of the few guardrails we have left,” Keller said. “In the long run, you’re opening a Pandora’s Box because this radically alters the future of public accommodations in our state.”

Breitbart News: California Bill: 1 Year in Jail for Using Wrong Transgender Pronoun

By JOEL B. POLLAK: August 17, 2017

CBN also reports the testimony of the California Family Council’s Greg Burt: How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others? … This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.

Fox 40 Sacramento: Transgender Kindergarten Lesson has Rocklin Parents Split

By  JOE KHALIL: August 16, 2017

“They’re concerned that they weren’t notified this was coming,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told FOX40… .

“These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,” Burt said.

CBN News: California Proposes Jail Time for Using the Wrong Pronoun for Transgenders

By Lorie Johnson: July 19, 2017

California Family Council’s Greg Burt testified before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee saying, “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” He added, “Compelled speech is not free speech. Can the government compel a newspaper to use certain pronouns that aren’t even in the dictionary? Of course not, or is that coming next?”

“Those proposing this bill are saying, ‘If you disagree with me about my view of gender, you are discriminating against me,'” Burt continued. “This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views.  We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

San Diego Union Tribune: Commentary | Three serious problems in California’s gender identity bill

By Jonathan Keller: July 12, 2017

Most Californians are compassionate people. We care about our neighbors, regardless of race, sex, creed, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity. While we may disagree on some political questions, we all want safe cities, a growing economy and strong families… .

I believe state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has the best of intentions in introducing SB 179. Sitting in committee, listening to testimony in favor of the bill, the stories are moving. However, despite pure motives and emotional testimony, there are at least three serious problems that should lead legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to reject it.

Hoy: I am not male or female, I am X’: They seek to recognize a third genre in California

By Selene Rivera: July 10, 2017

The controversy, however, soon arrived. After the introduction of SB-179, the California Family Council (CFC), a group that promotes Christianity, strongly criticizes it. “While we agree with the difficulties faced by those suffering from gender dysphoria, we believe that government documents should reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes,” said Jonathan Keller, CFC’s chief executive, in a statement.

Also, Pastor Greg Burt, a member of the entity, adds that being a man or woman is not a religious belief alone, but a description of the human race. “If you allow someone who is physically male to register in a government document as a female, or vice versa, then the government will be legalizing a lie,” the pastor said. “That’s assuming we’re still using the dictionary to define what a male and a female are,” says Burt.  The Protestant leader urges the senators to think about their own children. What did they tell their children about their gender after they were born? Were they based on their physical characteristics to respond or encouraged their children to choose their gender based on how they felt ?, are some of Burt’s questions. “This is a rhetorical question, because I know what the majority, if not all of you, did.” They exclaimed to the whole world with joy at the birth of their son, who had been a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ , the pastor said. “And they did it completely and without hesitation based on the physical characteristics of the creature,” Burt said.