Two California Senators Declare War on the Christian Faith

By Michael Brown Published on August 26, 2018

As California’s AB 2943 is about to become law, some senators are announcing their real sentiments loudly and clearly: Christians do not have the right to practice their faith. To Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and to Senator Ricardo Lara, I ask you plainly: Who appointed you God?

The ‘Must Stay Gay’ Bill

For those who are unaware, AB 2943 would make it illegal for anyone with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender identity confusion to get professional help. In other words, the bill would tell Christian counselors that they cannot love their neighbor as themselves. It would tell Christian pastors they cannot offer professional services to parishioners who want to get to the root of their unwanted same-sex desires.

That’s why, in April, I dubbed this the “Must Stay Gay” bill.

Counseling Available if You’re Pro-LGBT

Of course, all kinds of counseling and professional services would remain available if you want to go in the pro-LGBT direction. So, you could get counseling to help you embrace your homosexuality. Or you could get a doctor to prescribe hormone blockers for your 10-year-old daughter who thinks she’s a boy trapped in a woman’s body.

But counseling that would go in the opposite direction (such as helping your daughter feel whole as a girl) would be illegal. In fact, such counseling is already illegal for minors in California.

Prepare for Civil Disobedience

Now the outrage goes one step farther, which is why I and other have called on Christians throughout the state to prepare for civil disobedience to an unrighteous law.

On August 16, the Senate passed AB 2943 by a vote of 25-11, and the bill is scheduled to go the Assembly this coming week. Then, it will be almost definitely be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, despite a steady stream of protest.

What gives these legislators the right to restrict the freedoms of millions of Californians? Who gave them the authority to limit counselor-client relationships? Who told them to determine what people of faith can believe and practice?

When the Senate approved the bill, a byline on a pro-gay website explained that, “AB 2943 Would Make Clear in California Law that Dangerous, Discredited Practice Is Consumer Fraud, Now Heads to Assembly for Concurrence Vote.”

It’s Not Bogus

Really? Consumer Fraud? Like offering someone a bogus cure to cancer?

The problem is that: 1) there are countless thousands of ex-gays, some of whom testified before these very legislators; 2) there are peer-reviewed studies indicating that change is possible; 3) there is no definitive, scientific evidence that professional counseling to help people with unwanted same-sex attractions is dangerous; and 4) the Bible expressly commands followers of Jesus (along with traditional Jews) not to practice homosexuality.

Attacking the Christian Faith

How, then, do some of these legislators respond? It’s simple. They attack the Christian faith. In the words of Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, “The faith community, like anyone else, needs to evolve with the times. The science is clear. The claim that the First Amendment can be used as a defense for promoting fraudulent conduct is a fallacious argument.”

There you have it. The faith community must “evolve with the times.”

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Perhaps that also means that: 1) We should no longer believe in a Creator, since Darwinian evolutionists deny His existence. Or, 2) We should no longer believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation, since the world has become so pluralistic. Or, 3) We should remove all biblical passages prohibiting homosexual practice, since the Supreme Court redefined marriage. Or, 4) We should no longer quote from the Bible, since so many millennials find it bigoted and antiquated.

God’s Word Doesn’t Change

The list could go on and on.

No thanks, Mr. Muratsuchi. The biblical faith was here long before you and I were on this planet, and it will be here long after you and I are gone. Times change; God’s Word does not.

Not only so, but your claim that people are hiding behind the First Amendment to practice something fraudulent is both false and none of your concern.

People Do Change

First, as stated above, by God’s grace, many people do change. Ex-gays exist. Face the facts. Even liberal gay-activists like Dr. Lisa Diamond (herself a lesbian psychologist) acknowledge that “sexual orientation” is often fluid. (How ironic that, in the name of truth and science, you deny both.)

Second, if a person finds therapeutic value in sitting with a guru who claims that a sausage is divine, that is the person’s prerogative. And the guru can charge for this service too.

But when Christians (or other traditional religionists) simply want to practice their time-honored, reality-proven faith, you tell them, “Not on my watch. Your faith must evolve because I say so.”

Who Appointed You God?

I ask again, who gave you that authority? And who gave you the right to tell these countless thousands of ex-gays (and former trans-identified individuals), “You don’t exist. You are all liars.” Who, sir, appointed you God?

One of the co-authors of AB 2943 is Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara. He suggested that allowing people to get help for their unwanted same-sex attractions will encourage parents to torture and kill their children because they are perceived to be gay. (Seriously.) And, since he has come to peace with his own spirituality as a gay man, others are not allowed to come to a different conclusion in their own lives.

Breaking Down Fallacies

I responded to Senator Lara on this video, which breaks down fallacy after fallacy in his two-minute speech.

The bottom line is that the cat is out of the bag. In fact, it’s been out of the bag for some time now. War has been declared on our faith and our freedoms. How will we respond?

There is only one right thing to do (along with voting for righteous representatives): We must practice our faith more boldly, more fervently, more publicly. We will not be ashamed of the gospel.

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  • Maltus Flavius

    “PREAMBLE: We, the People of the State of California, grateful to
    Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its
    blessings, do establish this Constitution.

    Sec. 4 Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference
    are guaranteed. This liberty of conscience does not excuse acts that are
    licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. The
    Legislature shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.
    A person is not incompetent to be a witness or juror because of his or her opinions on religious beliefs.”

    The Preamble and SEC 4 of the California State Constitution. Clearly this is tyranny from the State Government. No Constitution means anything to people who want to control you.

  • tz1

    YAWN!

    How many innocent babies are slaughtered in Abortion Clinics in California every day? How many are engaging even in peaceful protest, much less civil disobedience to stop the Abortion Holocaust?

    You are standing in a deep pool of innocent blood, I don’t know if it is knee deep, waist deep, neck deep,or if you are swimming, but pointing and saying ‘Not being able to talk about Gays is the worst outrage in centuries” is disingenuous.

    it was asked “Who appointed you God”? – If you are no longer bothered about those who destroy life itself, you accept those appointments.

    • Kathy

      Amazes me that you seem to have chosen to ignore Dr. Brown’s open letter to Chelsea Clinton concerning her abortion stance. It was just a few days ago.

      • tz1

        There is a difference in vehemence, call to action of the church, etc.
        Abortion is merely icky and rude, and nasty, but don’t bother raising your voices because it really isn’t something you should sweat about.
        LGBTQIA+ is something ALL the church just must must must take immediate and forceful action on and even civil disobedience where they might end up in prison.
        That is the comparison.

    • Jacob Miller

      >> How many innocent babies are slaughtered in Abortion Clinics in California every day?

      Zero.

      Are you talking about fetuses?

      • Boommach

        The term ‘baby’ is how pregnant women refer to the human in their womb. Killing these tiny humans is evil.

        • James E..

          Jacob doesn’t believe those lives matter. He is indoctrinated in a bizarre idea that they magically transform into humans at a certain, inexactly determined, stage of development.

          • Boommach

            I suspect there are Things more important than the sanctity of life Jacob refuses to believe in.

      • GLT

        “Are you talking about fetuses?”

        What are fetuses, Jacob?

      • Oh so you support abortion too? In your past two messages I have seen you advocate for sodomy and blasphemy and hinted at denying man his fair wage.

        Therefore you openly advocate for the top 3 sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance (in order);
        – abortion
        – sodomy
        – blasphemy

        And by way of your communist ambitions and greed in comments on other articles, you hint at the 4th sin that cries to Heaven for vengeance;
        – denying man his fair wage

        Have you always been this thoroughly satanic?

        • Jim

          Satan is a man made boogie man.

          • Then why do you serve the devil?

          • Jim

            I serve no one

          • Yet every word and action I have seen of you is in service to the devil.

            Here, from Venerable Fulton Sheen:

            “Very few people believe in the devil these days, which suits the devil
            very well. He is always helping to circulate the news of his own death.
            The essence of God is existence, and He defines Himself as: ‘I am Who
            am.’ The essence of the devil is the lie, and he defines himself as: ‘I
            am who am not.’ Satan has very little trouble with those who do not
            believe in him; they are already on his side.”

          • Jim

            Honey, the devil is pure make believe. Doesn’t exit. Never has existed.

          • Again, then why do you serve the devil so desperately and without question. If the devil doesn’t exist, when ehy do you do everything the devil wants?

          • Ken Abbott

            “You’re still gonna have to serve somebody
            Yes, you’re gonna have to serve somebody
            Well it may be the Devil
            And it may be the Lord
            But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”

            Nobel laureate Bob Dylan

          • Jim

            Nonsense

          • Ken Abbott

            Okay, *you* tell it to Bob.

          • sandycm

            It would certainly be better for you, and others, who do not believe that God and Satan really exist, if it is nonsense.

          • sandycm

            You may sadly and terrifyingly discover that that is not true.

          • Jim

            Nope

      • tz1

        fetus is merely the greek word for “baby”. Do you understand english or is greek your first language?

      • sandycm

        Yes, talking about HUMAN fetuses. In other words, babies.

  • Willie Jackson

    Message to Myth Buster . LOL !

  • Jacob Miller

    Outlawing a dangerous and discredited type of therapy is not “playing God’ — it’s just doing what leaders are supposed to do.

    And it’s just nonsense to claim that California is telling former gays they don’t exist. Read the text yourself — there is nothing in the law making gay people stay gay. And conservative Christians can still believe that homosexuals are an abomination. Pastor can still preach it. And bibles aren’t being banned. The law doesn’t even mention religion. Dr. Brown is in full persecution complex mode.

    That being said, I have some questions about the law. But it’s nothing Dr. Brown is claiming.

    • Bryan

      The state could outlaw a specific type of therapy and not end up with this law. The wording of the law is so broad as to disallow all professional service, even that which is clearly not of the discredited type. Have there been parents that have abused their children in the name of religion or of being straight? Surely. Are there specific laws that deal with psychological abuse of a minor? Of course. So this law is either redundant or this law is designed to target a general group of people the lawmakers have issue with. While there are many redundant laws in our country, I don’t think that was the purpose of this one.
      “[T]here is nothing in the law making gay people stay gay.” The phrase “must stay gay” isn’t in the bill. You are correct about that. But it does prohibit getting professional help. So a person who decides they don’t want their same-sex attractions to rule their life, cannot go to a professional counselor unless they agree to go for free (at least for now). We all know the adage that you get what you pay for, so this bill devalues a professional service which makes it less desirable, both to provide and receive. For something that is legitimately helpful, why would you want to make it seem not valuable? Because you want it to go away.
      As I said above, the leaders of the state could come up with any number of ways to get rid of “a dangerous and discredited type of therapy”. The fact that they’ve chosen this way, and vehemently defended it, chastising those who dare disagree with their elected representatives, speaks to what this bill is about and it’s intended use.

    • Patmos

      The fake Christian troll pops up for his favorite and only subject: The promotion of perversion, and once again doesn’t even respond to the article one bit. Your act is tired. Question is, why do you even continue to pretend anymore, after being exposed as a fraud already?

      • Jim

        The only fraud here is you

    • GLT

      “Outlawing a dangerous and discredited type of therapy,…”

      How is the therapy dangerous, Jacob?

    • Are these questions about the law something to do with the “glorious revolution?”

  • Grn724

    The few spoil things for the few. The majority of the population does not agree on the hard lefts gay agenda, and the gay agenda will never get much further than is already has. Those few legislators who not only pro gay, they are gay themselves and think all this nonsense is cute. Well, it isn’t cute, not in the least. The day is coming when all this transgender crap and pro gay crap will backfire on these clowns. They will get voted out of office, the will discredit themselves through the exposure of all this crap does is facilitating child molestation (ask the Catholic Church). California is not only going to fall off into the Pacific, taking all this crap with them, they will drag all the rest of them into the sea with them.

  • Up_Words

    We need a high profile media preacher to challenge this bill by obeying God rather than man, after its enactment = on the TV, if possible.

  • Patmos

    California is a frightneing place. I remember a while back two of their state legislators went through the trouble of proposing some massive spending bill, one which didn’t even include a method of funding. The whole state is propped up by two abominable industries: Hellywood, and the tyrannical Marxist propaganda machine that is Silicon Valley. Close to half the state doesn’t even speak English at home because their leaders drank the globalist Kool Aid, and one of their major cities San Fransisco has essentially become a sewer.

    God is not mocked, you reap what you sow. They have sown Godlessness, pride, and perversion, and as such are headed for a ditch. If, or should I say when, the ring of fire adds to their woes will their hardened hearts remain stubborn to wisdom?

  • Bear Walker

    Doesn’t matter what laws they make in California. If it goes against the Constitution then it cannot be a law and you would not have to follow it.

  • Kevin Quillen

    the practice of jury nullification is the answer to the illegal laws. spread the word.

    • NeverMueller

      That is lawlessness. There are other avenues to pursue

      • Ken Abbott

        “Lawlessness” won’t bother Kevin. He’s an anarchist, don’t you know? 🙂

        • NeverMueller

          No I did not.

          • Ken Abbott

            Undoubtedly he’ll be along to explain. The subject of Christian anarchism is one of his favorites.

          • NeverMueller

            Christian anarchism?

            Does this sound right? “Christian anarchism is a movement in political theology that claims anarchism is inherent in Christianity and the Gospels.[1][2]
            It is grounded in the belief that there is only one source of authority
            to which Christians are ultimately answerable—the authority of God as
            embodied in the teachings of Jesus.
            It therefore rejects the idea that human governments have ultimate
            authority over human societies. Christian anarchists denounce the state, believing it is violent, deceitful and, when glorified, idolatrous.[3][4]
            Christian anarchists hold that the “Reign of God” is the proper
            expression of the relationship between God and humanity. Under the
            “Reign of God”, human relationships would be characterized by divided
            authority, servant leadership,
            and universal compassion—not by the hierarchical, authoritarian
            structures that are normally attributed to religious social order.[5] Most Christian anarchists are pacifists—they reject war and the use of violence. “

          • Ken Abbott

            It’s been a while, but I believe that’s an apt summary of Kevin’s convictions on this question. He’s also a full preterist, meaning that he believes the resurrection has already taken place and Jesus returned fully in judgment in AD 70. And he’s a universalist. It’s a lot on one plate.

          • NeverMueller

            Some people just like the attention of being different. Make them feel special.

          • Ken Abbott

            Perhaps. I believe it’s also a consequence of his rejection of the biblical roles for ordained pastors and teachers in the church. If he won’t receive instruction from due authorities he makes himself open to all kinds of wild stuff.

          • NeverMueller

            Submission is a hard thing.

  • Andrew Mason

    Muratsuchi’s remark is simply evidence that society has regressed. In the ancient world the authorities demanded that Christians worship caesar. In the modern world the authorities demand that Christians worship only as permitted by science approved by the authorities.

  • Trilemma

    I read the text of California AB 2943 and I didn’t see anything that could be used to ban Bibles or limit Christian speech or limit free counseling. It’s clearly aimed at professional services that charge for their services, which of course includes services provided by Christians that charge for their services. Services offered for free are not affected. There probably will be some who will try to use the law to try and deny Christians their First Amendment rights. If the courts do their job, those efforts will fail. AB 2943 makes no sense to me. Apparently, California has no problem with people seeking professional help to end their lives but doesn’t want them to seek professional help to change their lives. This seems like a violation of patient rights.

    • Bryan

      Tri, we often disagree but the second half of your comment is spot on.

  • The General

    They’re always banning things. And they call themselves “pro-choice.”

    Do they have a clue what hypocrites they are?

  • Ray

    I think America needs a “Must stay straight bill”.

  • David N. Gray

    I’m not seeing any evidence here to support the headline “Two California Senators Declare War on the Christian Faith”, or the comment that they are “announcing their real sentiments loudly and clearly: Christians do not have the right to practice their faith”. Where have they said that? It doesn’t seem logical or useful to presume to know what someone’s real intentions are if it’s not what they are saying.

  • darlpo

    Can a gay person who wants this kind of therapy sue?

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