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Bill Attacking Pastors & Counselors Before Committee in California

California to Outlaw Speech
  
Contact: Karen England, Capitol Resource Institute, 916-212-5607, KEngland@capitolresource.org
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 3, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- A California Legislator has gone too far. Assemblyman Evan Low introduced AB 2943, a bill that would outlaw speech.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) states, 

    "At its core, 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 breadth of this censorship is staggering."

According to ADF under AB 2943:

  • 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. 

Read the full ADF memo here.

AB 2943 will be heard today, Tuesday April 3rd, in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee.

The Capitol Resource Institute is encouraging all those concerned to call the below committee members and ask them to oppose AB 2943. 

Ed Chau (Chair)
(916) 319-2049

Kevin Kiley (Vice Chair)
(916) 319-2006

Catharine B. Baker    
(916) 319-2016

Marc Berman         
(916) 319-2024

Ian C. Calderon      
(916) 319-2057

Jacqui Irwin 
(916) 319-2044

Kevin Mullin  
(916) 319-2022

Jay Obernolte         
(916) 319-2033

Eloise Gómez Reyes          
(916) 319-2047

Philip Y. Ting
(916) 319-2019 
  


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