California is on the brink of true fascism. That might sound a bit dramatic until you consider the implications of AB 2943, a bill that would considerably limit First Amendment liberties for Christian and homosexual Californians seeking faith-based counseling.
If you’re not familiar with the Orwellian bill, here’s a rundown from our coverage of a California assemblyman’s remarks on Elizabeth’s speech warning against AB 2943:
The text of the bill relies heavily on the findings of the medical and psychiatric communities that denounce conversion therapy, but the proposed law makes no such distinction, using incredibly vague language that could, in theory, be applied in a much broader way than simply towards an outdated method of therapy.
It proposes to ban “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” as illegal under state’s consumer fraud law. Sexual orientation change efforts is defined 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.”
Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Matt Sharp explains what this means: “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 congregant 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 has already passed the State Assembly and is due to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee sometime in June.
To rally Californians to defend their sacred First Amendment liberties, the California Family Council, which has been working hard to raise awareness about AB 2943, is holding a “Day of Action” in Sacramento to support those who have been helped by faith-based counseling, and most of all, to declare the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to overcome sin.
On June 12th “once gay” men and women from the group Equipped to Love will be sharing their testimonies of how they were helped by the biblical counseling that AB 2943 seeks to ban. They will also be joined by Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and John Jackson, the President of William Jessup University.
The event will begin at 9AM at the State Capitol in Sacramento, and anyone who is interested in attending is urged to sign up here.
Please be sure to visit the California Family Council for updates on AB 2943 and make sure to share this article far and wide to spread the news about this event and the importance of stopping this awful bill!