California’s Ugly Anti-Christian Bigotry
California is quickly becoming America’s most Christophobic state. And at the same time, it is becoming the most pro-homosexual state. Sure, there are plenty of the other 49 states in competition with California to take out this ‘honour.’ But as has often been said, California is a land of fruits and nuts, so we expect this sort of thing to especially take place there.
The latest outrage taking place there is California Assembly Bill 2943, which will effectively clamp down on all attempts to help those who are not happy with their same-sex attractions. You can see the bill here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2943
If it passes in the Senate and becomes law, it will be a major blow to religious freedom and to those who want help in their sexual journey. This is not the first time the state has pushed such things. Back in 2012 California passed legislation declaring it illegal for minors to receive any help for same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents wanted help.
This bill would take things even further, banning adults from getting the help they so desperately may seek. David French helps us to understand just what this nefarious bill is all about:
Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an “unlawful business practice” to engage in “a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer” that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”
The bill then defines “sexual orientations change efforts” as “any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” (Emphasis added.)
This is real scary stuff folks. It is certainly an all-out war of freedom of speech and religious freedom. And it is an attack on the very core of Christian beliefs: the idea that Jesus Christ is able to radically change a person’s life. Not only can an individual be set free from various wrong actions, but desires can also be changed by God’s grace.
But a bill like this would effectively criminalise any such help offered to a person, certainly any that involves the sale of any goods or services. So a Christian counsellor who offers a nominal fee for his clients would be denied doing what he does. And of course any books or resources would also be banned from sale in such cases.
Given that the Bible itself obviously has so much to say on these issues, then it becomes apparent that it too may have to be banned, at least in connection with helping those who want out. Of course lefties, and the leftist Snopes “fact checker,” are claiming there is nothing to fear here. But they are simply seeking to deceive us.
Quite to the contrary, this is draconian legislation, and there is plenty to fear, including seeing books and Bibles eventually banned. As Robert A. J. Gagnon has just recently written on this:
Sure, it is virtually impossible that the state of California will immediately attempt to ban the sale of the Bible itself. Not even the hard Left in California has that kind of chutzpah. But citations of Bible verses in the context of declaring homosexual practice and transgenderism to be morally debased could indeed get one into serious trouble with the law if it comes in the context of selling or advertising a product or service….
The salient point is that there is nothing in the bill that would prevent the state from outlawing all religious or moral instruction that seeks to change homosexual behavior and transgender identity. The only limitation on the state is its own self-policed chutzpah regarding “LGBTQ” coercion.
Read the bill. It says: “This bill intends to make clear that sexual orientation change efforts are an unlawful practice under California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act…. ‘Sexual orientation change efforts’ means any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex…. The following unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful: …. (28) Advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”
There is no religious exemption. There is no restriction to mental health professionals. There is not even a restriction to claims about changing a person’s sexual orientation or transgender feelings in whole or part. The bill is quite clear that any “efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions,” are included in the ban on attempts to change a person’s “sexual orientation.”
So you would be violating the law if you advertise that Christ can empower people not to engage in homosexual practice or not to identify as “gay” or “transgender” because such behaviors and self-identities are morally wrong, or if you offer to engage or actually engage in efforts to persuade people of Christ’s power to transform in this area, you will be in violation of California AB 2943, at least so long as your advertising or efforts involve an exchange of money for goods or services.
Consequently, all of the following could be treated as violations of the law if California Assembly Bill 2943 passes the state senate and is signed into law by the Gov. Jerry Brown: Selling religious or secular books (pamphlets, videos, audios, etc.), holding conferences, teaching courses in a college or seminary where tuition is paid, giving a speech at a paid venue, counseling people for a fee, or perhaps even posting online articles in a site that requires a paid subscription, in which it is asserted (in whole or part) that it is morally wrong for people to engage in homosexual practice or identify as “gay” or “transgender.” There is certainly nothing in the bill that exempts such practices from prosecution by the state. We have learned that when it comes to “LGBTQ” matters what is exempted is not exempted for long and what is not exempted has no exemption. If you haven’t figured this out by now, you haven’t been paying attention.
As my lawyer friend Greg Teufel notes: “Of course they would not immediately apply it so broadly [as to ban the Bible]. But the day after of the bill becomes effective, try this and see what happens: Set up a booth with a big sign that says ‘You don’t have to stay gay’ with Bibles for sale. Explain to anyone that asks that if they buy the Bible, in it they will find the way to reduce and resist all manner of sinful impulses and temptations, including same sex attraction and same sex sexual behavior. Plus they can attend your Bible study class, for a fee, where you promise to explain more about what the Bible has to say about sin and how change is possible. Add that, ‘I know scientists may refuse to believe it, but all things are possible with God.’ Then have someone make a complaint about it, and see what happens. Wanna bet what would happen?”
This is the latest step in California’s war against freedom, against faith, and against family. We all should be shocked and horrified at just how far down the gurgler California is going. The rainbow juggernaut continues to roll on, crushing anything in its path.
6 Replies to “California’s Ugly Anti-Christian Bigotry”
I heard on ABC news this very morning that a Labor government would ban gay conversion therapy if it gains office at the next Federal election.
The heart of this is trajectory the lie that ‘sexual orientation’ is real and immutable. As I’ve said before, my own lifelong status in abstinence give lie to the assertion that it is impossible to deny your feelings what they desire. I’d say not only is it possible, when the object of your feelings is an immoral act, it is profoundly healthy to do so.
The pejorative term of ‘conversion therapy’ (something I’ve never heard anybody who believes in helping people use) is only used by those who approve of homosexuality and it misses the point because they believe the false assumption of immutability. It isn’t about your feelings ruling your life to the point where they dictate who your are, it’s about how you engage your rational mind in response to your feelings. Nobody denies people have any number of various feelings, but it’s about moving your life from emotions to that which is on solid ground.
If you give in to your feelings constantly, that will ruin your life. A Christian should do battle. Even Jesus constantly told people to repent and stop sinning. Nowhere do I see in His teachings the vaguest idea we should just routinely give in to our feelings (like a deceptive Disney-like ‘just follow your heart’ advice), especially ones that are objectively immoral. Our hearts are actually not to be trusted in the slightest.
Also, the very same people pushing this totalitarian agenda try to tell us that it is possible – and laudable – for a person to change from male to female and vice versa.
So… it isn’t possible to change the way you feel and/or think, but it is possible to act as if your DNA has no bearing on your identity – which would determine the nature of your so-called ‘orientation’! We are truly living in The Twilight Zone. Lord Jesus, come.
Behind all these seemingly impersonal and official directives, there is always a face. These bills are not handed down from Mt Sinai, the enforcing of self- evident truths. They spring fully formed from the imagination of those who before they destroy us are determined to drive us mad.
Zinnia Jones tyranny
David Skinner UK
Amen Mark Rabich. Well said. This law is already partially in place here in Victoria but there is a huge push right now to prevent anyone from getting help, fuelled by false assumptions about the immutability of same-sex attraction.
It comes down to being in a restaurant. You can choose from any amount of diverse, polysexual dishes which are guaranteed to lead to sexually transmitted diseases, mental problems, emotional retardation, massive societal problems, the disappearance of freedom of conscience, thought, speech and behaviour itself. But the one dish one is forbidden to choose from is the bread of life, Jesus Christ. Not only will the suppliers of this food be expunged from the market place but anyone attempting to access them will suffer the full weight of the law. Yes we have choice alright; either to eat LGBT poison or starve.
David Skinner UK
Gay Iconoclasm: Holding the Line against the Radical LGBT Agenda.
Father Josiah Trenham speaks at the World Congress of Families X on May 15th 2016, in Tbilisi Georgia.