Christian, Read This Bill

I’ve been saying for years that homosexuality is the topic our society will use to bully and restrict Christians. After reading this bill, I can see how that might happen.

By Alan Shlemon Published on April 25, 2018

I’ve been saying for years that homosexuality is the topic our society will use to bully and restrict Christians. After reading California’s Assembly Bill 2943, I can see a hint of how this might happen.

Assembly Bill 2943

If you’re a Christian, Muslim, or Jew (especially if you live in California), I encourage you to read Assembly Bill 2943 and Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) analysis of it. I don’t typically address bills before they become law, but this one has some significant implications for people with religious convictions. Plus, it was approved by California’s Assembly by a vote of 50 to 18. The bill will now go to the Senate.

ADF says that “AB 2943 outlaws speech, whether offered by a licensed counselor, a best-selling author, or even a minister or religious leader. It targets a specific message — that an adult who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion can find help to address those issues — for censorship.”

The Bill’s Impact

This law doesn’t only affect counselors and therapists, though. According to attorneys, its impact goes far beyond those scenarios. ADF offers a few good examples of the type of censorship entailed by this bill.

  • A licensed counselor could not help a married mother of three who is experiencing unwanted attraction to a close female friend or confusion over her gender identity overcome those feelings;
     
  • A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior;
     
  • A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society; and
     
  • A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.

Again, I encourage you to read it and the analysis for yourself.

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Anyone familiar with my work addressing the topic of homosexuality can see how this bill — if it becomes law — will directly impact what I am legally allowed to do. I’m just one example, of course. Many other pastors, churches, organizations, conferences, books, and speakers will be in violation of this law if they continue to operate as they already do.

ADF summarizes their concern with this bill by stating that it “engages in viewpoint discrimination, is an impermissible content-based speech regulation, and impermissibly burdens free exercise of religion. It also interferes with the liberty interest of patients and their parents to choose the therapy that they believe is best to further their therapeutic goals.”

This post isn’t about promoting ADF, but they are aptly named — Alliance Defending Freedom — since this bill warrants ADF’s mission to defend our freedoms in this country.

 

Copyright 2018 Stand to Reason. Republished with permission.

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  • Ray

    This is a way to “outlaw” the gospel of Christ.

  • Ian Oliver

    …hallowed be your name, your will be done……lead us not into temptation…..

    We should make the Californian aware that Christians will not be told to ignore God’s will and will not refuse to help others resist temptation.
    This proposed law will not be observed, so why bother even trying?

  • Stephen D

    Satan offers people freedom from all moral restraint. But in order to achieve this in practice, Satan’s enemies, those who promote moral restraint, must be crushed.

  • calduncan

    More Californication.

    They are another country. Build a border wall and seal it off.

  • Kevin Quillen

    This is a case for Christian Anarchy.

    • Nobody Specific

      No it’s a case for the ADF to take to the SCOTUD where it will rule the law violates 1A

      • Bryan

        But if it’s passed and an injunction doesn’t prevent its implementation until all hearings are concluded (it’ll take a while to get to the Supreme Court), then it would be appropriate for people living in California to practice peaceful civil disobedience (ie continue to help those who seek help).

        • Nobody Specific

          Yes in face they will have to in order to gain standing to sue in the first place

  • Charles Burge

    Many times I’ve heard so-called liberals argue that the law shouldn’t restrict what two consenting adults do. I guess they think differently if the consent is between a counselor and a patient. Such hypocrisy.

  • Tim Pan

    I think we as Christians should see this as an excellent opportunity to share the message of the Gospel . Were is Paul? Who will be Paul and stand before the rulers of this age and bring the light of our Savior Jesus Christ to a lost world?

  • azsxdcf1

    There were other “Alliances Defending Freedom” in America’s history: The US Army. The Marine Corps. The Air Force. The Navy. Maybe it is rime for them, again!?

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