Fremont, CA--At a packed school board meeting in the Bay Area last night, new revelations from school officials only stoked parents’ outrage over a controversial textbook.
Parents presented approximately 3,800 petition signatures in protest of the college textbook, Your Health Today, that had been adopted by the District for use in 9th grade. During the meeting, district officials admitted that the electronic version of the textbook, which introduces 13- and 14-year olds to such topics as bondage, different types of sex toys they can use, and the adult film industry, is so explicit that the District was required to turn off its internet filters in order for the electronic version of the textbook from being automatically blocked.
Fremont, CA--A large and growing movement of parents in the Bay Area city of Fremont is expressing outrage at an explicit health textbook the school district is planning to use for incoming high school freshmen. The book, Your Health Today, is written for college students and is not believed to be in use by any other school district in California. Pacific Justice Institute has been working with a number of Fremont parents to expose the inappropriateness of the textbook.
A story that appeared in today’s San Francisco Chronicle confirms that district officials are aware of the textbook’s graphic discussion of sexual acts, sex toys, and even bondage. Warning: the linked news story is not appropriate for children. It should be noted that the Chronicle story significantly understates the number of parents who have signed petitions opposing the book. Those parents number well over 1,000.
Los Angeles, CA—A scientist was terminated from his job at a California State University after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops fossil, and then publishing his findings. Pacific Justice Institute filed suit, yesterday, with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, against the board of trustees of CSU, Northridge, citing discrimination for perceived religious views.
"Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal," commented Brad Dacus, President of PJI. "But doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia," he continued.
San Andreas, CA—A small community in Northern California has voted to reaffirm a resolution honoring a faith-based pregnancy center in the face of ACLU threats.
The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors had originally adopted a resolution commending the Door of Hope ministry for its work with expectant moms facing unplanned pregnancies. Although counties routinely pass resolutions honoring a wide variety of community groups and members, the American Civil Liberties Union had a hissy and threatened to sue the County.
Washington D.C.--Pacific Justice Institute released the following statement from Brad Dacus, President of PJI, on the United States Supreme Court ruling in Harris V. Quinn:
"While this Supreme Court decision is relatively narrow, we salute the court for not extending Abood to apply to situations that were not dealing with true public employees. The court properly recognized the difference between a traditional public employee who works in an office and an individual who is being compensated for caring for their disabled relative at home."
Washington D.C.--Pacific Justice Institute released the following statement from Brad Dacus, President of PJI, on the United States Supreme Court ruling in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby:
"We at the Pacific Justice Institute are very pleased with this Supreme Court decision in this very important Hobby Lobby case. Without question, religious freedom doesn't just end in a chapel or in a synagogue, it goes out to where people live—including in the workplace."
Washington D.C.--Pacific Justice Institute released the following statement from Brad Dacus, President of PJI, on the United States Supreme Court ruling in McCullen v. Coakley:
"We at the Pacific Justice Institute salute the Supreme Court in their decision to strike down this terrible prohibition in violation of the free speech rights of pro-life demonstrators. Without question, the first Amendment is there not just to protect speech as it may be convenient for some—like Planned Parenthood—but rather it's to protect the speech for everyone, including pro-lifers."
Washington, DC--Pacific Justice Institute released the following statement from Brad Dacus, President of PJI, on the Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus Ruling that the Supreme Court of the United States issued this morning:
"Today's ruling is not only a terrific victory for the pro-life movement, but also to everyone who values free speech. You see, in this case, the government attempted to use threats and intimidation to violate the free speech rights of others. But in addition, the government also attempted to deny these same individuals the ability to have their rights vindicated in a court of law. Fortunately, the Supreme Court saw through these government tactics, and in so doing, sent a strong message on behalf of anyone in the future facing similar government intimidation."
Bakersfield, CA--The California Department of Insurance (CDI) has taken the unusual step of apologizing to a Bakersfield doctor for what his attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute described as an extreme example of bureaucrats run amok.
Dr. Jan Mensink and his staff were visited by CDI investigators on May 7. The investigation was purportedly sparked by a typo in a flyer distributed by the doctor about patient options under ObamaCare. Despite the minor error, the investigator demanded information on all of Dr. Mensink’s patients, suggested that Dr. Mensink should not identify himself on the internet as a Christian, and even urged him to suspend all advertising during the investigation. The lead investigator, from CDI’s Valencia office, left Dr. Mensink and his staff bewildered and provided only a business card as the sole basis for compliance with his demands.