ATTACK ON FREE SPEECH
UPDATE: This bill passed through the California State Assembly. It passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 12, 2018. Next will be heard in the Appropriations Committee then the floor of the Senate.
California AB 2943 makes it unlawful for any person to sell books, counseling services, or anything else that helps someone overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion. As a result, it could be a violation if a pastor encourages a congregate to visit the church book store to purchase books that help people address sexual issues, perhaps including the Bible itself, which teaches about the importance of sexual purity within the confines of marriage between a man and woman.
AB 2943 outlaws freedom of speech. It could be a minister or religious leader, licensed counselor, or best-selling author—if there is a speaking fee, a counselor’s payment, or a conference attendance fee—it censors addressing someone who has unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion.
Under AB 2943:
- 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.
- 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.
Faith-based religions would be labeled fraudulent and having deceptive practices subjecting them to lawsuits, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.
This bill is not only unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, but AB 2943 violates the First Amendment right to speak and the right to hear and receive it.
Read entire bill here.
Reference material opposing AB 2943
Leaders and organizations explaining their opposition to AB 2943
EMAIL (CLICK HERE) your California Senator and ask them to OPPOSE AB 2943.
CALL your California Senator and ask them to OPPOSE AB 2943 (see local legislators below):
Senator Connie Leyva
11760 Central Avenue, Suite 100, Chino, CA 91710
Phone: (909) 591-7016 - Serving all or portions of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto, and San Bernardino
Senator Mike Morrell
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: (909) 919-7731 - Serving all or portions of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Calimesa, Cedar Glen, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Hemet, Highland, Homeland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Yucaipa, and Wrightwood.
Senator Anthony Portantino
116 E. Broadway, Ste. 204, Glendale, CA 91205
Phone (818) 409-0400 - Serving all or portions of Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Verne, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Antonio Heights, San Dimas, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga and Upland.
Senator Richard Roth
3737 Main Street, Suite, 104, Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 680-6750 - Serving all or portions of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, and Riverside.
Senator Josh Newman
1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150, Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 671-9474 - Serving all our portions of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Chino Hills, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Fullerton, Industry, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Rowland Heights, Stanton, Walnut, West Covina, and Yorba Linda.
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