A public school teacher confronted California politicians over a far-left training program only to be compared to a bully for defending mainstream views about human sexuality and science.
Raechel Olson, a 20-year elementary school teacher, testified in July before the Senate Education Committee to publicly oppose AB 493, a teacher training bill that instructs them to affirm homosexual, lesbian, and transgender students in the classroom.
The legislation predictably passed out of the Democratic-led committee in a 6-0 vote but not before Olson blasted the “gender training” she sat through and warned senators they were trampling on people’s sincere religious beliefs.
Olson’s brief but no-holds-bar testimony, in light of the far-left committee she was facing, was noticed by California Family Council, which was present at the meeting and published Olson’s testimony (see video below) on Youtube.
Olson first began her testimony by describing the training she sat through that was conducted by a school contractor named Queerly Elementary.
“I was told to use preferred pronouns to address students,” Olson recalled, “to stop referring to students by their biological genders as boys and girls, and to teach sexual orientation and various gender identities.”
All of those requirements, she told the state committee, “coerce” teachers and students to accept and express ideas about gender and gender identity that violate people’s conscience, especially those who belief in objective biology over subjective feelings.
“Biology is not bigotry,” she pointedly told the Democrat-led committee.
And the first-grade teacher wasn’t done: the U.S. Constitution requires the State of California to maintain a neutral view of religion, she said, but the training materials “cast aspersions” on people’s religious beliefs.
Citing the possible legal problems with the training, the elementary-school teacher referenced NIFLA v. Becerra, a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down California’s pro-abortion law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions.
Quoting from the decision, Olson pointed out the ruling states the government “may not compel individuals to express ideas or thoughts with which they disagree.”
Yet the pro-LGBT training is doing exactly that, she said.
“Tolerance,” Olson told the education committee, “is a two-way street.”
Olson was joined in opposition to the bill by Dr. Laura Haynes, a licensed psychologist. She warned the education committee that forcing the public to bow to pro-LGBT teachings actually promotes more bullying, not less, because people will not be forcefully coerced to change their beliefs.
To back up her warning, Haynes cited a recent Harris poll that showed a sharp decline in support for LGBT people, especially among young adults who have likely been subjected to LGBT propaganda for years.
“They’re had it with attacks on the rights of parents, women and girls, and religious freedom,” Haynes says of the public. “So doing the same thing, only more of it in AB 493, will not end well.”
They psychologist also warned the pro-LGBT education committee about encouraging children to question gender, citing a suicide rate of transgender people that is 19 times higher than the general public.
“Do you want to be responsible for this?” Haynes asked rhetorically.
According to the recorded video, Olson and Haynes were not asked any questions but were immediately dismissed by Sen. Connie Leyva, the Senate Education Committee chair.
After the two witnesses walked away, Levya scolded them for being “quite offensive” and disclosed she has a lesbian daughter whom she would put up against “anyone’s straight daughter” in comparison, she said.
“I think that if we as a society do not learn about other people,” she commented to two empty chairs, “that is when we have bullying and when we have problems.”