‘There’s no war on Christianity,’ they said. Sure there isn’t.
Check out what über-progressive and tolerant California is doing…
In an effort to secure the rights of the LGGBDTT2IQQAAPP+ community, California Bill AB 2943 could be used to ban religious books like the Bible.
Remove the rights of one group to secure the rights of another.
Think we’re taking this too far?
The bill — using very open language — 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 offer to engage in, do engage in, or even advertise ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual’.
Catholic World Report explains ‘orientation change’:
“Orientation change” can be as innocuous as stating at a paid conference that homosexual and transgender desire can be overcome (not necessarily eliminated) by the Spirit of Jesus. Or even complying with an attendee’s request for prayer that the Spirit of God empower the attendee not to succumb to the power of same-sex attractions.
Source: Catholic World Report
This could easily be directed at Christian counseling services, conferences, and, yes, even the Bible.
David French explains it all in a National Review article:
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.” (Emphasis added.)
This is extraordinarily radical. Christian orthodoxy is simple — regardless of a person’s desires (their “orientation”), the standard of right conduct is crystal clear. Sex is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. When it comes to “gender expression,” there is no difference between “sex” and “gender,” and the Christian response to gender dysphoria is compassion and treatment, not indulgence and surgical mutilation.
It’s a rather vague term.
So, what exactly does it mean by ‘goods and services’?
It could be rather innocuous, actually.
The bill very broadly categorizes ‘goods and services’.
1770. (a) The following unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices undertaken by any person in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful:
Second, a book (along with other written materials, like pamphlets or workbooks) fits within the very, very broad definition of a goods: tangible chattels bought or leased for use primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, including certificates or coupons exchangeable for these goods, and including goods that, at the time of the sale or subsequently, are to be so affixed to real property as to become a part of real property, whether or not they are severable from the real property.
Basically, if you can buy it and move it (in other words, it’s not real estate), then it’s a good. Moreover, under the statute, “services” can include “services furnished in connection with the sale or repair of goods.” Booksellers provide “services.”
… Scroll down through the list of dozens of prohibited acts, and you’ll come to paragraph 28, which bans: “Advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.” … If parents faced a child who was identifying as a person of the opposite sex, then services and goods making the argument that, for example, they should persist in calling their daughter “she” and withhold life-altering hormone treatment in part because most children exhibiting symptoms of gender dysphoria desist would violate this statute.
This is the same type of stuff that is going on in Ontario, Canada where parents might face government intervention if their disagreement on the gender identity of their minor child rises to the level of what bureaucrats deem as ‘abuse’.
It doesn’t seem to matter what the individual wants, because the government knows best.
If you have unwanted same-sex attraction, well, just get used to it and learn to love it, says California.
How does this work with the ‘identity politics’?
If your ‘orientation’ is heterosexual but have same-sex attraction, does that mean you can still get counseling?
What about Harvey Weinstein?
Can he still get counseling to stop being a sexual predator?
What if he doesn’t want to stop?
What if it’s his ‘orientation’?
Can he sue counseling services for trying to make him stop preying on vulnerable women?
How about pedophiles?
Some are already calling themselves ‘Minor-Attracted Persons’ and are seeking to legitimize themselves and redeem their tarnished reputation.
Can we counsel them?
Or do we just tell them to live with those unwanted sexual feelings?
Interesting questions, don’t you think?
Ones that California legislators should have asked before passing this bill.
But, remember kiddies, it’s Christianity that’s the problem.
by Doug Giles
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