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Conservatives Say Calif. Politicos Pander to Gays, Illegals

  • Rusty Pugh and Chad Groening Agape Press
  • 2003 15 Sep
Conservatives Say Calif. Politicos Pander to Gays, Illegals

Conservative activists and reform advocates are pointing out several reasons why California needs to recall Governor Gray Davis. But as bad as some feel Davis has been for the state, others are saying his possible replacement -- Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante -- could be even worse.

One recent measure that is receiving heavy criticism from pro-family forces is Davis's signing of new legislation that requires all foster parents in California to encourage and promote homosexuality, trans-sexuality, and cross-dressing to children in their care.

Randy Thomasson of Campaign for California Families (savecalifornia.com) believes the new law will severely harm children in the foster care system. He says the legislation is completely ridiculous and will only result in fewer children having good foster homes.

According to Thomasson, the system has too few foster parents already. In the past, he says, the most likely people to become foster parents have been people of faith who believe in the biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans. But Thomasson asserts that the new law will change this.

"This bill goes against Christians. Christians are going to drop out of foster care, or not sign up in the first place, because they're not going to allow the state to invade their home with sexual indoctrination," he says.

Thomasson feels that Davis's indulgence of the whims of radical homosexual activists is one of the reasons he must be recalled on October 7. But the foster care bill is not the only controversial legislation Davis has supported recently.

The governor has also signed a bill making illegal aliens eligible to receive California driver's licenses -- but only after having vetoed two similar bills. Some critics are suggesting that desperation over the recall effort is causing Davis to cater to the state's unregistered immigrant population.

However, one immigration reform activist is concerned that if Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante replaces Davis as governor such kowtowing will only increase. Jim Staudenraus of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (fairus.org) says Bustamante would not have hesitated to sign the first driver's license bill that Davis vetoed.

Staudenraus says some cynics in the immigration reform movement are arguing that moving Bustamante into the governor's mansion would be the best thing for California, "because he'd run the state into the ground and would pander to illegal aliens in such a way that maybe the state would wake up."

Staudenraus also points out that Bustamante has already pledged an $8 billion tax increase if he becomes governor. The reform advocate believes the politician's solution to balancing California's budget shows what kind of manager he would be.

"Even Gray Davis knows that there are limits to what middle-class Americans will tolerate. So in that regard, it's possible that Cruz Bustamante would be an even more reckless manager in that state," Staudenraus says.

© 2003 Agape Press. Used with permission.