California Governor Signs Historic Transgender-Student Bill

California Governor Signs Historic Transgender-Student BillCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law Monday afternoon allowing the state’s transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.

‘Cut down on bullying’

Supporters say the law will help cut down on bullying against transgender students, The families of transgender students have been waging local battles with school districts around the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use.

While California is the first state to pass a law of this magnitude, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington and Colorado have all adopted policies designed to protect transgendered pupils.

‘Warps the gender expectations’

Not everyone is on board. Opponents of the bill say allowing students of one gender to use facilities intended for the other could invade the other students’ privacy.

Randy Thomasson, of, says the law would “damage” kids.

“This radical bill warps the gender expectations of children by forcing all California public schools to permit biological boys in girls restrooms, showers, clubs and on girls sports teams and biological girls in boys restrooms, showers, clubs and sports teams,” Thomasson said. “This is insanity.”

Are you in favor of the signing of the California transgender-student bill? Why or why not?

Source: Fox News

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Government Spying — Do We Still Have Privacy?

Government Spying --- Do We Still Have PrivacyIn the past few days, the nation has been shaken by a report that the government has been collecting phone and Internet data from Verizon.

‘National conspiracy?’

Many have been skeptical about this report. A few have sided with the government, saying that this is a necessary step to protect the country’s safety. But many fear that nothing is hidden from the security agencies anymore. So, this is our burning question: In a world where electronic surveillance abounds, do we still have privacy?

It has been revealed that the FBI and NSA have been collecting internet data using a top-secret program called PRISM for the past six years. Is this just another glitch or “scandal” in Obama’s administration, or can we now officially label it as a national conspiracy?

‘Violating civil liberty’

When the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act were passed in Congress, the government was instantly handed a tool for extensive spying on individuals. And yet they continue to reason out that they NEED to do this in order to monitor terrorist activities and to maintain national safety. But are they overreaching and is it really necessary to tap into the phone and internet records of the country’s citizens?

Indeed, it is difficult to draw the line between protecting national security and violating civil liberty. Even we ourselves are divided on this issue. Times like this, we have a hard time protecting our privacy when every transaction we have is conducted online. And yet, we find ourselves looking over our shoulder to see if we are being tracked in our every move. Do we still have control over our privacy or is it now just an illusion for us?

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