The assembly in California could vote on a bill that would legitimately ban books up to and including the Bible as well as shut down churches, and close psychiatric offices all over the state in what some people may consider an attack or ban on Christianity.
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.”
The pro-LGBTQ bill is rapidly moving through the state assembly after being approved on the floor on Thursday. The bill will now go before the California state Senate for a vote. If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately end free speech and freedom of religion as we know it for Christians.
The bill also suggests that any attempt to change behavior or gender expression amounts is tantamount to a crime. The law uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity. This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality. The state of California would essentially criminalize any and all parenting, religious instruction, or teaching that does not follow a leftist, progressive worldview bullet point by bullet point.
Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires.
Thomasson states of the bill: “So, this is a pastor speaking, you pay a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires. Hey, that could be outlawed. A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires. There’s a sale, there’s a transaction, that could be banned. This is very expansive, very tyrannical and absolutely squashing free speech, religious freedom and basic choice of people. This is an anti-freedom, anti-American bill.
“Well, you could see this law going into effect. A church bookstore selling the Bible, of course, selling a book about marriage or sexual purity or overcoming homosexuality or overcoming trans-sexuality. You could see a member of the public or even a member of the state government coming and saying, ‘Hey, that’s illegal.’ Even the Muslim community should be against this, too, because of what is said about sexual perversity in the Koran.”
It is a clear and undisputed fact that many Christians, as well as other religious groups, believe that orientation and behavior are two different things. Meaning that while urges may exist, that does not necessarily mean that one must act upon them – that is in and of itself a choice. Yet the state of California now wants to make that very thought process a jailable offense, or at the very least fineable.
The bill also seeks to ban biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help. Additionally, if one happens to be the parent of a small child that perhaps feels more like a boy today, rather than a girl despite her biological gender, those residing in California are now forbidden from teaching their children that this is a phase they may grow out of despite it being statistically true. They are also forbidden from seeking counseling for assistance for their child for any treatment other than the “approved treatment” promoting transgenderism as “normal.”
It comes six years after California deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents wanted help. Now, this bill would also address adults.
“AB 2943 would start by saying, ok, nobody can get counseling to overcome same-sex desires… ok, so no help for adult children, adults who were molested as kids and now they are adults and they say I want help to overcome these feelings. No help for you,” Thomasson explained.
The bill states that “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”
This law would effectively outlaw the buying and selling of Bibles due to its teachings on homosexuality. This law could also make it illegal to send your children to a religiously affiliated school, or even homeschooling as the case may be. This affront and antithesis to freedom has already passed two separate committees by a large margin.
It is wildly unthinkable that such a law could or even would be held up by the Supreme Court, yet stranger things have happened and continue as advocates of personal and religious liberty continue to lose traction.