California is a beautiful state. But liberal politicians have made it a difficult place to live, with crushing laws and regulations for Americans, while at the same time opening the door to illegal aliens. They claim that others are intolerant, but they want to impose their progressive agenda on their citizens in the most intolerant way possible. And it’s adversely impacted a group of young people who only want to pursue their science dreams.
For a prime example of this glaringly hypocritical duality, look no further than California’s AB 1887, which implemented a “travel ban” in 2017 on state officials traveling to eight different states which supposedly have laws on the books that are deemed as discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
That law prohibits state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (check out their hilarious response) and Texas.
Unfortunately, that law just ruined the dreams — and potentially even future careers — of the Citrus College rocketry club, who are now prevented from traveling to Huntsville, Alabama, to take part in the prestigious annual NASA Student Launch competition, according to KABC.
The team known as the Rocket Owls from the small community college in Glendora earned one of only 60 spots in the highly competitive competition that includes teams from major Ivy League colleges, large universities and famed technical schools.
Instead of standing up for their students, the college sold them down the river and said that they supported the law as “a response to discrimination.”
But no worries, they’ll get to go to another competition that doesn’t have any of the possibilities and prestige of the one the law is preventing them from attending, the “Friends of Amateur Rocketry” competition. Far from NASA.
But Paul Swatzel, a math professor at the school, is hoping they can go if they are able to raise the money privately. And he’s donated $500 to the cause.
“To be an undergraduate, even more a community college student, to do something like this alongside Ivy League schools and top four-year schools across the country is quite an experience,” Swatzel stated.
In a post to the rocketry team’s Facebook page — which revealed that the team traveled to the same competition in Alabama last year — Swatzel noted that five other California schools were being permitted to attend the competition this year using private funds, yet his team was still being prevented from going by the school.
But that may still not be enough, because the school wouldn’t let them go, even if the source is private. The school declared in August of last year that they would not allow any travel “regardless of the funding source” because they consider it supporting discrimination against LGBT people.
How ridiculous is this?
How does harming these kids who have worked so hard and earned their way to a very select competition benefit anyone, “a once in a lifetime opportunity?”
And how does denying them actually do anything to fight any law that you don’t like in Alabama?
Alabama isn’t going to change their laws to conform to California.
But in the meantime, these kids lose out.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]