It stuns me that I have to find this story about legislation winding through the California state legislature that would take away state tax-exempt status from various groups for supposedly perpetuating some form of discrimination in . . . The Washington Times.
And this should be getting much more publicity than it is.
But this is California and the "media" is all but controlled by the Democrat party. No seriously. Outside of maybe talk radio and a couple of newspapers, The Orange County Register and the U-T San Diego, the "media" in this state is driven by the left and their agenda.
Understand that if this legislation passes and Gov. Jerry Moonbeam Brown signs it, this is how the Democrat party will try to force private organizations to change their ways to please their fringe base. A fringe base they need to obtain, gain and keep power.
The legislation is known as SB 323 and spearheaded by state senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and it will take away the state tax-exemption from what is referred to as a public charity youth organization. And in the text of the legislation it has these definitions:
"That an organization that is a public charity youth organization that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation is not exempt from the taxes imposed by that law."
And what is it that qualifies as a public youth charity organization?
Well here is what Sen. Lara thinks are public youth charity organizations:
Little League, Bobby Sox, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire, Inc., Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, 4-H Clubs, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Collegiate Young Farmers, Boys’ Clubs, Girls’ Clubs, Special Olympics, Inc., American Youth Soccer Organization, California Youth Soccer Association, North, California Youth Soccer Association, South, and Pop Warner football.
Inserting the triple facepalm here, although it is not enough:
Where, where to begin?
Well, the obvious is what is Sen. Lara's skin in the game?
Of course Sen. Lara is openly gay. And in Sen. Lara's "mind", these groups are real or imagined anti-homosexual. Oh yes, he does throw in sop language like race, creed or religion to make it a bit more palatable. But really, this is to make organizations drop what they believe or are perceived to believe.
Let's look at the list and show some examples of organizations that clearly have a religious angle.
That would be the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association. Both are more familiar as the YMCA or the WYCA. I highlight Christian for the obvious reasons. Both groups are, let me spell for those like Sen. Lara, C H R I S T I A N organizations. Both were founded specifically to promote Christianity. In fact, here is the mission statement for the YMCA at the link. Ahh, I think that the statement has nothing to say one way or the other about homosexuals. And I know that when one uses YMCA or YWCA facilities, no one is asked if they are Christians and or homosexuals. And the WYCA sounds like the perfect group for people like Sen. Lara as it advocates the left-wing agenda. Read this link if you think that I am being over reactive. In fact, the statement does note that many are NOT Christian that work in and for the WYCA. But once again, there is nothing about homosexuals one way or the other. And I'll bet that there is really no discrimination at all at WYCA facilities.
But no matter to people like Sen. Lara. They are clearly sexist organizations and they advocate that yucky Christian religion. So yeah, lets tax 'em into submission.
OK Sen. Lara, why are you going after the Future Farmers of America?
There is nothing, not one thing anywhere that explicitly or on the down-low that discriminates against anyone, male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, race, religion, not one thing. If you do not believe me, here is mission statement page, the bylaws and the organization constitution.
I suppose the pesky standard that one should be enrolled in agriculture related classes and actually work and spend their own money is pretty discriminatory according to Sen. Lara and his clique.
One of my favs of this is going after the Special Olympics. Yes, I know that a group that exists because of recognizing the value of those with special needs, and that is an umbrella term primarily for mental disorders, is just eeeeevvvvviiiiilllll! I guess that there is some people that feel the Special Olympics is a discriminating organization as evidenced here. But I support this worthy goal because it does provide an outlet for those with mental disabilities to participate in sports. What bothers Sen. Lara and his clique about this? That there are no homosexual special needs participants?!
And damn me that this legislation goes right after youth sports! Here is the list:
Little league baseball
Bobby Sox softball
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
California Youth Soccer Organization (CYSO)
California Youth Soccer Organization North and South
Pop Warner football
I refer to the triple facepalm photo above once again.
When I suggested here that the left hates competitive sports here, I know what I am speaking of. Even though most if not all do not have score and statistics until children are older, they are competitive. And yes, they do play by gender. Again, there is nothing to stop a group from forming co-ed, no stats leagues. Also note that the legislation goes after baseball, a tradition-laden sport, football, a very competitive and yes aggressive sport and soccer, a very popular sport especially among immigrant communities but has a fan base that again, can kind of be yucky to people like Sen. Lara and his clique.
And of course the legislation goes after the eeeeevvvvviiiiilllll Boy Scouts. And even the Girl Scouts are not safe. Neither are gender-specific Boy's Clubs or Girl's Clubs. The Boy's and Girl's Clubs seem to be safe.
If you really look at the list all the groups listed are pretty traditional laden. The natural appeal is to people who value a certain tradition. And it is not limited to conservative people. Many people that are liberal are part of all of these groups. Most promote great ideas and values and have adapted to changing times without going against their values.
But here is what people like Sen. Lara and his clique don't get.
If this abominable legislation should be passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Moonbeam Brown, what is to say a conservative part of the United States will not try this to assault decidedly liberal or left leaning groups? Who is to say that Texas legislators may not move to take away the state tax-exempt status of Planned Parenthood? The National Organization of Women? The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? May I go on with liberal-left groups that the conservatives do not like?
The real problem is how the tax-code grants special status in the first place to many groups and or organizations.
The point of taxation is to have the largest possible base and to fund the government to provide basic services. Which of course means that takes out any social engineering. And that is what Sen. Lara and his clique are trying to do.
But my real question is this.
What the eff is wrong with you Ricardo Lara? What, do you hate these particular groups? Could not hang in sports? Didn't get into the FFA? Couldn't get in the Boy Scouts? What, all because you are gay? Did they all tell you so? Really, do you realize that you will tax these worthwhile groups out of existance unless they conform to your personal specifications? Do you really want to take away social opportunities for children especially? Educational opportunities?
Once again, people like Sen. Lara and the whole idea of a full-time, top paid legislature is what is making California an unlivable place. Seriously. This state that I love and call home is becomingly utterly unlivable.
Social change is not always a bad thing. What is bad is using the taxing power of the state to affect social change among organizations that choose what kind of people they want in them. It is a form of the jack-boot of big government that is going to force a showdown that is totally unnecessary.