One News Now: CA parents not giving in to sick curriculum

By Bob Kellogg, September 19, 2019

Greg Burt of the California Family Council admits he’s at a loss to explain how the bill got gutted.

“I don’t know what happened,” he tells OneNewsNow. “… This same bill was presented to our governor, Governor [Jerry] Brown, last year, and he vetoed it. So we were assuming with a more liberal governor here in California that it would go through.”

Burt says even though the committee’s work made the bill impotent at the state level, individual school districts still present a problem.

“We already know of and have examples of school districts that are forcing Christian teachers into these training sessions – so that’s still going to be an issue here in California,” he predicts. “But this is just a small, little victory amidst a bigger fight.”

The Blaze: California lawmakers pass resolution calling on all ‘religious groups’ — including Christians — to ’embrace’ LGBTQ worldview

By Chris Enloe, September 18, 2019

Indeed, Greg Burt of the California Family Council told the Epoch Times the resolution gives the government power to “coerce” people who disagree with the LGBTQ lifestyle.

“We believe in free speech. They [the legislators] have every right to criticize our position, but the state government does not have the right to use its power to coerce us to change. And that’s where we believe this resolution is heading,” he said.

Epoch Times: California Legislature Passes Resolution Attacking Religious Liberty

By Cynthia Cai, September 12, 2019

While ACR 99 is only a resolution, people are worried that California Legislators will propose a bill to turn ACR 99 into law.

“We believe in free speech. They [the legislators] have every right to criticize our position, but the state government does not have the right to use its power to coerce us to change. And that’s where we believe this resolution is heading,” Greg Burt, California Family Council’s Director of Capitol Engagement, said in an interview with The Epoch Times.

Wall Street Journal: For Those Who Don’t Identify as Male or Female, Growing Acceptance—and Accommodation

By Janet Adamy, September 1, 2019

Some state Republican lawmakers and conservative groups have tried to block the changes. “Government documents shouldn’t reflect personal opinions,” said Jonathan Keller, chief executive of the California Family Council, a religious policy group that unsuccessfully fought the change in the Golden State. “They need to reflect biological facts for identification and medical purposes.”

Epoch Times: California State Legislature Moves Forward With Bill Mandating Teachers to Affirm LGBTQ Identities

By Cynthia Cai, August 30, 2019

The Epoch Times reached out to Greg Burt, California Family Council’s Director of Capitol Engagement, for a more in-depth look at the bill and situation.

AB 493 states that mandatory training for teachers will help stop the bullying LGBTQ-identifying students receive. However, Burt explained that forcing annual training on teachers to affirm LGBTQ identities will not reduce bullying.

“The way you reduce bullying is you train kids to treat others with respect, even when you disagree with them. The way you get rid of bullying is you tell students they’re not allowed to bully and that there are consequences for bullying. It’s not making everyone believe the same things on these issues,” said Burt.

CBN News: CA Christians Say Resolution Condemns Religious Leaders Who Oppose LGBTQ Lifestyles

By Charlene Aaron, August 27, 2019

“California Christians love our neighbors who identify as LGBTQ,” California Family Council President Jonathan Keller said. “Sadly, it appears Assemblyman Low and other intolerant legislators will not stop until people of faith publicly celebrate the legislature’s preferred concept of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

One News Now: When your nutty school lesson alarms the L.A. Times…

By Bob Kellogg and Billy Davis, August 14, 2019

Greg Burt of California Family Council points out ethnic studies course caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times, which blasted the curriculum as an “impenetrable mélange of academic jargon and politically correct pronouncements” in an editorial.

“You know that it’s bad,” Burt tells OneNewsNow, “when the L.A. Times editorial board says that the ethnic studies curriculum feels like an exercise in group think.”

World Magazine: ‘A stunning attack on incarcerated women’

By Kiley Crossland, July 12, 2019

Opponents of the measure argue the bill aims to solve a legitimate problem—helping incarcerated individuals with diagnosed gender dysphoria—with a terrible solution that will endanger one of the most vulnerable groups in society: incarcerated women. “Assembly members, you are living in a bubble if you think California voters want this,” Greg Burt, the director of capitol engagement for the California Family Council, told members of the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee in June. “Common sense screams out—this is a really, really bad idea.”

California Globe: CA Bill Guarantees New ‘Rights’ to Foster Kids, Promotes Abortions, Rape Care, Phone Calls, Texts and Privacy From Adults

By Katy Grimes, July 11, 2019

“AB 175 also mandates that foster kids get access to the Internet and privacy from nosy foster parents seeking to monitor phone calls, texting, and emails,” Greg Burt with the California Family Counsel reported. Given how many children are stalked on the Internet by sexual predators, this bill appears to play right into their hands.

Life Site: California mandates LGBT ‘sensitivity’ for teachers, even when they disagree

By Tony Perkins, July 9, 2019

Our friends at California Family Council are horrified that anyone would force teachers to promote an agenda that the American College of Pediatricians calls “child abuse.” “This mandated training,” CFC’s Greg Burt warns, “will put Christian public school teachers in the position of promoting and approving beliefs that clash with their biblical values. This conflict is already happening. According to information the California Family Council recently received from concerned Christian elementary school teachers, LGBTQ teacher training is already being used to shame teachers into promoting gender and sexual orientation beliefs they disagree with.”

One News Now: Why this new California resolution is so dangerous

By Dr. Michael L. Brown, July 1, 2019

That’s why the California Family Council, which is on the front lines of this legislative battle, wrote that “CA Legislators to Tell Pastors What to Preach from their Pulpits on LGBT Behavior & Identities.”

And that’s why ex-gay leaders Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning protested the bill. As Woning wrote, “For us, walking out our faith with biblical conviction means life and hope. Our faith has saved us from suicide and given us freedom to live with clear consciences. We too would like to be acknowledged and affirmed. … Instead, activists attack our efforts to care for like-minded friends by promoting dangerous counseling restrictions and stifling our free speech.”

Epoch Times: California Legislature Seeks to Revise Foster Care Bill of Rights

By Cynthia Cai, June 29, 2019

The Epoch Times reached out to Greg Burt, director of Capitol Engagement at California Family Council, to discuss the bill and concerns it brings.

Burt explained that bill asks foster parents to affirm LGBT identities to young foster children, which would go against the beliefs held by parents of religious faith.

“There are parents who are religiously motivated. Christians who desire to serve young orphans and people who don’t have a family and provide them with a family, and they are motivated by their faith,” said Burt. “Now the State of California is saying, well, we don’t want you [people of faith] anymore. Your beliefs about gender disqualify you from being a foster care parent.”

One News Now: Azusa chaplain accused of betrayal for praising resolution

By Bob Kellogg and Billy Davis, June 27, 2019

“This goes to show what happens when Christian institutions care more about pleasing the government and pleasing the culture than pleasing the Lord,” Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council, tells OneNewsNow.

California Globe: Legislation To House Inmates According to Gender Identity Instead of Biological Sex

By Katy Grimes, June 27, 2019

“Biological sex is not arbitrary,” California Family Council President Jonathan Keller said in opposition to the bill. “The legislature is increasing dangers for both inmates and correctional officers by attempting to let prisoners self-determine their sex,” Keller said. “Even in prison, males and females are guaranteed a constitutional right to privacy. The legislature should not victimize prisoners, especially biological women, by requiring them to allow members of the opposite sex into facilities that are currently female-only or male-only. This bill is a recipe for complete chaos in our state’s correctional facilities.”

Desert Dispatch: The separation of church and human life

By Richard Reeb, June 26, 2019

The California Family Council reports that Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR 99) calls on “counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators” and institutions with “great moral influence” to stop perpetuating the idea that something is wrong with LGBT identities or sexual behavior. ACR 99 also condemns attempts to change unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion as “unethical,” “harmful,” and leading to high rates of suicide.

Desert Sun: ‘Modest’ gay conversion therapy resolution advances in Assembly

By Sam Metz, June 21, 2019

The California Family Council staunchly opposed the 2018 bill that would have classified conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice. Greg Burt, the organization’s lobbyist, said both last year’s bill and this year’s resolution bill unfairly targeted religious groups.

“This really isn’t a compromise. Now, (Low is) explicitly telling religious groups what they should be teaching,” he said. “We’re glad this is not put into law, but we fear this is just a precursor to a law in the future. That’s what a lot of resolutions are.”

Equality California spokesman Samuel Garrett-Pate confirmed Burt’s fears, calling the resolution “a win” and a step toward eventually passing a ban.

CBN News: CA Lawmakers Trying to Force Pastors to Embrace Pro-LGBT Ideology

By Andrea Morris, June 18, 2019

The California Family Council reports that Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR 99) calls on “counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators” and institutions with “great moral influence” to stop perpetuating the idea that something is wrong with LGBT identities or sexual behavior. ACR 99 also condemns attempts to change unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion as “unethical,” “harmful,” and leading to high rates of suicide.

By Amy Harmon, May 29, 2019

Objections to the bills have also been raised by social conservatives, like State Senator J.B. Jennings (he/him) of Maryland, who made a distinction in public comments between transgender people who transition from male to female or vice versa, and those who identify as nonbinary. “They’re either going one way or the other, they’re not stuck in the middle,” he said. Mr. Jennings suggested that the license would be inaccurate if it listed a gender other than male or female. His argument was echoed by the California Family Council when that state became the first to adopt gender-neutral documents as law in 2017: “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, the group’s president.

Elk Grove Citizen: Proposed textbooks draw fire from activists

By Cameron Macdonald, October 19, 2018

“Only universally loved American heroes should be lauded for their morality in elementary school,” said Greg Burt, the group’s director of capitol engagement, after he visited the center. …

“Our organization has strong objections to equating the moral character of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. to a famous drag queen with a conviction for solicitation,” he told the Citizen. “It is also highly inappropriate to introduce 6-and-7-year-olds to transgenderism, crossdressing, sexual orientation, and other sexualized and controversial topics.”

Life Site News: California featuring world-famous drag queen in textbooks for 2nd-graders

By Drew Belsky, October 12, 2018

“California textbooks should provide information, not indoctrination. Many parents have strong objections to equating the moral character of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King to a drag queen with a criminal record,” said California Family Council President Jonathan Keller.

“In addition, many mothers and fathers find it highly inappropriate to introduce six and seven-year-old children to transgenderism, cross dressing, sexual orientation, and other controversial sexualized topics. The law does not require this and educators should not accept it.”

CBS SF Bay Area: Parents Of Elk Grove 2nd Graders Concerned About Gay Rights Lessons

By Macy Jenkins, October 12, 2018

“Did they research who these heroes were?” asked Greg Burt with the California Family Council. …

Burt has an issue with a second-grade textbook called “My World Interactive” by publishers Pearson, Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall. On the page with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, the name Jose Julio Sarria appears. He’s widely believed to be first openly gay person to run for public office.

One page highlights Sarria saying “He decided to be honest. He told people he was gay and that sometimes he dressed as a woman. He was the first person to do this when running for office…. It inspired other gay leaders to run for office too.”

“I just don’t think Elk Grove parents are ready or interested in having their second graders learn honesty from a drag queen who has a criminal record!” Burt said.

Baptist Press: Jerry Brown veto sparks pro-life gratitude, relief

By Tom Strode, October 4, 2018

Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council (CFC), said his response to news of Brown’s veto was: “To be perfectly honest, a little bit of shock, a little bit of gratitude, and a whole lot of relief.

“It’s hard to really know the mind of Governor Brown,” Keller told BP in a phone interview. “He obviously is well known as a fairly pro-abortion governor, but in this case we’re just thanking the Lord that, whatever the reasoning was, we had a reprieve in this fight.”

Canadian Free Press: California Schools Pushing Racist, LGBT, SJW Agenda on Children

By Katy Grimes, September 27, 2018

In his community of Elk Grove, CA, Greg Burt, the Director of Capitol Engagement with the California Family Council, is in the midst of reviewing some new state approved curriculum published by textbook publisher Pearson Press, that parents were encouraged to review Sept 10. Burt took a picture of a first grade lesson on Citizenship featuring Gavin Newsom as the “Champion of People’s Rights.”

It’s curious why Gavin Newsom, the former Mayor of San Francisco and California’s Lt. Governor, made the pages of an elementary textbook when former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, or current Gov. Jerry Brown are not in it. This is campaign hype; Newsom is running for Governor, but isn’t the Gov yet.

Fox 40 News Sac: Some Elk Grove Parents Outraged by Textbook’s Portrayal of Gavin Newsom

BY DOUG JOHNSON, September 25, 2018

“There was different various heroes we’d typically see in a first-grade class, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. And then there was Gavin Newsom, and I go, ‘Well that’s interesting,'” Burt said.

The book explains how as Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom said people could marry who they choose, saying, “Sometimes, Gavin helped marry people. Some marriages were not between a man and a woman. He made sure that people’s rights were respected.”

“That’s way over the top,” Burt said. “It looks like it was written by his campaign staff. And now they’re teaching it to all first-graders.”

Sacramento Bee: First-grade textbook hails Democrat as ‘champion’ of gay rights. Some say it goes too far

By ANDREW SHEELER, September 25, 2018

The book labels Newsom a “champion for people’s rights.”

“It looked like the text had been written by the (Newsom) campaign,” said Greg Burt, a parent of a child in the school district and spokesman for the conservative, Fresno-based California Family Council

The Blaze: First-grade textbook reads like ‘propaganda’ for pro-gay gubernatorial candidate: conservative group

By DAVE URBANSKI, September 17, 2018

The president of the California Family Council, a conservative group, blasted the book.

“This lesson is supposed to be for first grade students, but it reads like a piece of political propaganda put together by the Democrat Party,” Jonathan Keller noted on the group’s website. “It is both premature and outrageous to list Gavin Newsom alongside universally loved American heroes like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Millions of Californians who voted twice to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman opposed Newsom’s flagrant defiance of our state’s marriage laws and use of the courts to push his personal views of marriage on the population.”

CBS Sacramento: Parents Call Pilot Textbook Political Propaganda For Gavin Newsom

By Macy Jenkins, September 14, 2018

“The book says that Gavin Newsom is a ‘champion of the people,’” said Greg Burt, Director of Capitol Engagement with the California Family Council. “And that is an opinion that is being taught to 1st graders as though it’s fact.”

Sacramento Bee: Influencer of the Day: How can you stay informed this election season?

September 11, 2018

“Regardless of how you feel about the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., there is no doubt that he is right about at least one thing. Far too much of what passes for legitimate journalism and reporting on both the extreme right and extreme left is indeed ‘fake news.’“As voters seek to make informed choices on vital political matters this fall, I strongly encourage all of us to get outside of our bubble. Find and follow some intelligent people on Twitter with whom you strongly disagree to learn how the other side thinks and reasons. Next time you’re tempted to get into a shouting match on Facebook, ask respectful questions and seek to understand. And instead of cutting off family members because you can’t stand their politics, sit down for a meal and genuinely open your ears and your heart to their perspective. Our country cannot continue this great experiment in democracy if we refuse to treat each other as human beings first, Americans second, and partisan a very distant last.”
— Jonathan Keller, President, California Family Council

Breitbart: California Democrat Shelves Bill to Ban Adult Sexual Orientation Counseling

By Dr. Susan Berry, September 1, 2018

California Family Council opposed the bill when lawmakers told churches and those with faith beliefs regarding sexual orientation and gender that it could lead to lawsuits.

“This bill attacks the freedom of Christians … to find the services and resources from counselors, schools, and faith-based organizations that help them live out their biblical convictions regarding sexual behavior and gender identity,” the group stated on its website. “Shouldn’t these people have the freedom to find true joy by embracing and living out their faith without government persecution?”

Washington Examiner: California abandons effort to forbid minors from receiving sexuality, gender counseling

Jenna Ellis, Editorial, August 31, 2018

California Family Council President Jonathan Keller also expressed gratitude to Low for his decision to withdraw the bill. “We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblymember Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns.” He said, “Today is also a testament to the courageous counselors, ministry leaders, pastors and OnceGay individuals who bravely shared their personal stories, ensuring that these vital perspectives were not overlooked in the process.”

Christian Post: California Lawmaker Scraps Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban Bill, Won’t Be Law This Year

By Brandon Showalter, August 31, 2018

“We are inexpressibly grateful to Assembly member Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns,” said Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, in a statement Friday.

Lifesite: VICTORY: California Dem withdraws bill banning help for unwanted gay attraction

By Calvin Freiburger, August 31, 2018

“We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblymember Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns,” California Family Council president Jonathan Keller said. “AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

LA Times: California legislator shelves bill to ban paid ‘gay conversion therapy’ for adults

By MELANIE MASON, August, 31, 2018

The news of Low’s decision was lauded by opponents to the measure. Jonathan Keller, president of the socially conservative organization California Family Council, said his group was “inexpressibly grateful” to Low for listening to religious communities.

“People of faith across California and around the nation care deeply about our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers who identify as LGBTQ,” Keller said. “AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

Sacramento Bee: Gay conversion therapy bill dropped by California lawmaker

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF, August 31, 2018

Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, a Christian organization that mobilized against the bill, said in a statement, “We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblymember Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns.”

“AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation,” he said.

Associated Press: California won’t advance gay conversion therapy ban in 2018

By DON THOMPSON, August 31, 2018

Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council, a faith-based group helped organize opposition by local, state, and national organizations and individuals, called Low’s decision an answer to opponents’ prayers, saying the measure “would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

One News Now: Prayers answered, for now – ‘Must Stay Gay’ bill shelved

August 31, 2018

The California Family Council calls the turnaround “an incredible answer to the prayers” of thousands of people across the U.S.

Keller also credits Low’s “unprecedented outreach” to the faith community and personal meetings with faith leaders in response to the First Amendment threat posed by the bill.

“People of faith across California and around the nation care deeply about our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who identify as LGBTQ,” says CFC president Jonathan Keller.

CBN News: California Assemblyman Drops So-Called ‘Gay Conversion Therapy Ban’ Bill

August 31, 2018

Mr. Low’s decision was greeted with relief and gratitude by Jonathan Keller, president of California Family Council.


“People of faith across California and around the nation care deeply about our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who identify as LGBTQ,” Keller said. “AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

Life Site: California’s ‘stay gay’ bill is about to become law. Why Christians must refuse to obey it

By Michael Brown, August 22, 2018

In an August 16 email, Greg Burt, Director of Capitol Engagement, California Family Council, explained the significance of AB 2943. …

“This bill attacks the freedom of Christians . . . to find the services and resources from counselors, schools, and faith-based organizations that help them live out their biblical convictions regarding sexual behavior and gender identity. Shouldn’t these people have the freedom to find true joy by embracing and living out their faith without government persecution?”

One News Now: Concerns aired about Calif. sexual orientation bill

By Chris Woodward, Michael F. Haverluck, August 20, 2018

Shining more light on the law, Greg Burt of the California Family Council maintains that AB 2943 outlaws helping anyone with unwanted same-sex desires or gender confusion.

“California has gone rogue and redefined free speech,” Burt told American Family Radio’s (AFR) Janet Mefferd Live program. “Any type of a church activity that involves a speaker’s fee, a conference, a marriage retreat, paid counseling [or] resources that you would offer to people with same-sex attraction – [even] college courses – all of this will be made illegal.”

ABC 7 San Francisco: Bill banning gay conversion therapy closer to becoming California law

August 17, 2018

“Sometimes people realize they have these desires once they’re married to someone of the opposite sex and they want to stay married. Don’t they have the right to choose the lifestyle they want?” Asked Greg Burt of the California Family Council. “That’s all we’re talking about here let people be free to choose.”

Life Site: California Senate passes bill banning books, therapy to help unwanted gay attraction

By Calvin Freiburger, August 17, 2018

The California Family Council blasted the “shameful” vote as an attempt to “shut down counselors, schools, and religious organizations who provide resources and services,” and called on its members to “flood” the offices of thirteen Assembly members with phone calls urging them to vote “no” prior to the final vote. The Assembly could vote as early as Monday, August 20, and has until August 31 to pass the final bill.

WND: California Christians: It’s time for civil disobedience

By Michael Brown, August 17, 2018

In an Aug. 16 email, Greg Burt, director of Capitol engagement for the California Family Council, explained the significance of AB 2943, which I previously dubbed the “Must Stay Gay” bill. He wrote, “With Thursday’s [Senate] vote, elected leaders told churches and those with biblical beliefs about gender and sexual orientation that advocating for their views could get them sued.”

CBN News: ‘Violating Freedom’: CA Lawmakers Vote Again to Stop Churches from Helping Gays

By Heather Sells, August 16, 2018

California Family Council CEO Jonathan Keller told CBN News that AB2943 ultimately ban LGBT people from being able to freely choose counseling services.

“The saddest thing about this bill is it really does try to limit choices for people in the LGBT community who want to change. On June 12 we hosted a rally at the capitol with dozens of men and women that had either left the gay lifestyle or had left the transgender lifestyle. And they repeatedly, person after person who offered their testimony, talked about the fact that they found hope and healing in Jesus Christ and they found recovery and restoration through books, through seminars, through resources,” he explained. “Sadly, AB2943 closes those doors and tells people that is fraudulent.”

CBN News: Close to Passing? California Lawmakers Debate Bill that Outlaws Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

By Heather Sells, August 9, 2018

Greg Burt, a spokesman for the California Family Council, told CBN News that the bill is expected to pass this month before the California legislature adjourns.

“More churches have got to speak up for their religious liberty rights,” he told CBN News. “Silence is sending the wrong message to legislators up here. If they don’t hear from folks when religious liberty is threatened they interpret that as – this bill is not that bad.”

Sacramento Bee: ‘Kids can’t learn’ when they’re hungry. How to help all California students succeed

August 6, 2018

Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council
“One way to improve academics is public-private partnerships. Schools should pursue mentoring and holistic educational outreach to low-income and English-language learners. Churches and community groups can be invaluable resources.”

Sacramento Bee: California schools aren’t exactly leading the nation. What should we do about it?

By Dan Schnur, July 30, 2018

“To improve our student outcomes, we should devolve power from Sacramento and instead encourage more local control by each individual school district,” agreed Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council. “We should trust parents and teachers, not state bureaucrats.”

Sacramento Bee: From ‘secure our borders’ to ‘resist Trump’: Californians speak out on illegal immigration

By the Sacramento Bee Staff, July 16, 2018

Jonathan Keller, President of California Family Council
“According to a 2014 report by the Pew Research Center, California is the only state in the nation with more than one-fourth of its population to born outside the United States (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/05/14/15-states-with-the-highest-share-of-immigrants-in-their-population). With abundant natural resources, beautiful mountains and beaches, and world-renowned industries, it’s easy to see why the Golden State attracts people from around the globe. But despite our many advantages, California also leads the nation in poverty, where nearly one of every five residents is poor. In addition, despite our state’s 39 million people representing just 12 percent of the nation’s population, we are home to more than 34 percent of the country’s welfare recipients. Rather than attacking our federal leaders for partisan advantage, California’s lawmakers should proactively develop sound bipartisan policy proposals. Sacramento should lead by example. Our state must show how we can compassionately welcome those seeking a better life and while reducing poverty and welfare spending for our current population. If we want to see true federal reform, California should extend an olive branch instead of a closed fist.”

Life Site News: California bill banning books, therapy to help unwanted gay attraction stalls amid lawsuit fears

By Calvin Freiburger, July 12, 2018

“This has been one of the most controversial bills that we’ve seen in California in the five years I’ve been at California Family Council,” the council’s president Jonathan Keller told OneNewsNow. “We’ve had national organizations — Focus on the Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Radio — tons of people all across the country that realize this is a blatant attack on the First Amendment, on free speech, on the free exercise of religion.”

American Thinker: Save the children, say the pro-choicers

By Steve Grammatico, July 11, 2018

The California Family Council estimates that Planned Parenthood terminated 321,000 lives in 2017 and over seven million since Roe v. Wade in 1973. That’s “lives,” not clumps of cells or “potential” human beings. To the abortion rightists, that growth is akin to a benign tumor, to be removed and discarded (except for spare parts) on the decision of pregnant women in emotionally charged situations.

Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/07/save_the_children_say_the_prochoicers.html#ixzz5QqDp5B00
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One News Now: Vote delayed, but coming next month, over AB 2943

By Chris Woodward, July 10, 2018

Jonathan Keller of California Family Council credits overwhelming public pressure for the delay.

“This has been one of the most controversial bills that we’ve seen in California in the five years I’ve been at California Family Council,” he tells OneNewsNow. “We’ve had national organizations – Focus on the Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Radio – tons of people all across the country that realize this is a blatant attack on the First Amendment, on free speech, on the free exercise of religion.”

Christian Post: Calif. Sen. to Vote on Banning ‘Conversion Therapy,’ Gender Confusion Counseling for Foster Kids

By Brandon Showalter, July 2, 2018

The California Family Council has been actively opposing the bill, and believes the floor vote will likely take place Thursday. The Assembly will have to vote on the measure again due to an added amendment, the advocacy group noted. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is expected to sign the legislation should it reach his desk.

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

By Robbie Short, 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.

CBN News: ‘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.

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.

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.

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?”

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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.