Maybe this was the point all along?
After all, it’s no secret by some that Conservatives and Christians are the chief obstacles to that brave new world ‘progressives’ are trying to forge America into. (You remember that pro-civil war article endorsed by Twitter’s CEO, don’t you?)
Summit Ministries, a longstanding Christian training organization, is one of the first to announce changes due to the chilling effect of this new legislation.
Summit Ministries’ president calls AB2943 “the most blatant chilling of free speech in America in my lifetime” while announcing removal of Biola University worldview training from schedule
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — One of the nation’s leading organizations helping Christian teens and young adults apply their faith to everyday living has been forced to cancel a planned conference in California due to a proposed new law analysts are calling an effort to limit free speech and the free exercise of religion.
For more than 55 years, Summit Ministries has held conferences at its headquarters in Manitou Springs, Colo., and across the nation, training nearly a half-million young Christians to become leaders in their schools, communities, churches, families, and country. But the group has had to cancel its June 10-23 and June 24-July 7 sessions at Biola University near Los Angeles due to concerns that California will forbid some of what it teaches.
At issue is AB2943, a bill recently passed by the state Assembly and likely to be passed by the Senate, that seeks to insert provisions into the state’s Business and Professions Code to the effect that goods and services “offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” constitute deceptive business practices, and are subject to fines and penalties.
Maybe driving churches out of California was the goal all along?
One writer for the Federalist certainly thinks so:
That is of course banning the faith entirely, because religions are a package deal. The entire point of a religion is to offer comprehensive ways of understanding and contextualizing the universe and our place in it. To ban part of it is to ban the whole. It’s like saying “We’re not banning math, only multiplication.” Okay, you aren’t free to do real math without the possibility of using multiplication.
If it would gag pastors, the bill would also gag employees of religious institutions such as schools, summer camps, churches, universities, daycares, hospitals, mental health clinics, conference and retreat centers, and poverty relief organizations. It would gag employees of non-religious institutions whose religion informs their work, as do many employees in foster care, counseling, mental health, education, and other social welfare fields. Any person or organization that takes money for services or goods and expresses an idea — even to willing listeners! — that could be construed as encouraging sexual orientation change would be liable for emotionally and financially devastating lawsuits.
And so does the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Will this be yet another Clash between California and Washington? Will the President’s recent strong pro-religious freedom reforms and Cali’s speech-control laws be tested in the courts?
Isn’t that the difference between our side and theirs in a nutshell?
Their side finds ideas objectionable and demands that people be silenced.
Our side finds idea objectionable and tries to change minds with better ideas.
We saw this on full display with the reaction to Kanye ‘going rogue’. We have no idea where he’s gonna land politically, but the fact that he encourages people to make informed decisions can mean nothing but good for the country.
Which side is TRULY demonstrating those vaunted values of ‘tolerance’?
The line is being drawn in the sand.
Which side are you gonna stand on?
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Everyone does that.
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