Skip to comments.California Demands That Christians 'Evolve'
Posted on 05/11/2018 1:45:01 PM PDT by Kaslin
California has a hallowed but questionable reputation as being the birthplace of the radical Free Speech Movement on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Today, they're not just shutting down conservative speakers on the campus. The state's Democrats may pass a law to shut down religious speech and create a statewide LGBT "safe space."
There's a new legislative proposal banning all conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice -- by not just mental health providers but anyone. Since the "independent fact-checkers" are quick to swarm around conservative "misinformation," FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and Snopes have all cried "False" at the idea that this bill is a threat to the sale of the Bible.
They declared that a threat against Bible sales is nowhere in the text of California Assembly Bill 2943, offered by gay assembly member Evan Low. That is correct ... on its face. It doesn't mention the Bible.
However, the bill would amend the state Consumer Legal Remedies Act, adding the ability to sue for damages for "advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual." Any efforts to change someone's sexual orientation "in a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful." That's more than therapy. It's any kind of an argument.
Conservative and Christian lawyers see this proposal as dangerously broad. In National Review, David French called it a "dramatic infringement on First Amendment rights." He was alarmed at the language that defines newly unlawful "sexual orientation change efforts" as including "efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex."
We know whose expression this bill is designed to curtail. Leftist legislators were not subtle. One assembly member spouted that it is time for legislation to nudge the "faith community" to "evolve with the times."
In rating the claim of a threat against Bible sales "Mostly False," PolitiFact dismissively said: "If the law had any impact at all, it would be on those occasions when a Bible is sold in conjunction with a program to change someone's sexual orientation ... with millions of Bibles sold in California, the weight of evidence suggests the bill might only touch a fraction of them."
So if a "fraction" of conservative Christians get sued for selling the Bible or similar books, will the "fact-checkers" apologize ... after the bill gets signed and becomes law?
It's risky for "fact-checkers" to make bold claims of True or False when people make predictions during policy debates. Their crystal ball evaluations seem largely designed to "correct" (read: intimidate) conservatives from making predictions about the future. What happens when predictions come true?
This one-sided "fact-checking" goes back to 1992, when liberal journalists suggested then-President George H.W. Bush was lying when he predicted that Bill Clinton would raise taxes. Clinton was elected, and the next year he signed the largest tax hike in American history.
"Fact-checkers" also threw flags when conservatives charged that insurance premiums were "skyrocketing" under Obamacare. PolitiFact decided that the 2013 "Lie of the Year" was then-President Obama's proclamation that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" under Obamacare. But in 2009 and 2012, it rated the statement "Half True." Oops.
Now imagine that instead of California allowing gay activists to sue for damages over any echo of conversion therapy, it allows consumers who lost their insurance plan under Obamacare to sue it for fraudulent fact-checking. It's unlikely the fact-checkers would rush to defend it. They would see it as ... "a dramatic infringement on First Amendment rights."
I’d rather not evolve in that direction. Hey, not all evolution is good people.
They want to eliminate Christianity, but they are worshiping *slam, which has gays thrown off high buildings.
Kali is devolving back to primal stone age cavemen where primal urges are more important than learned and intelligent civilization.
Actually, all this legislative “overreach” is probably a good thing, because even most Liberals don’t swing nearly this far Left. This is always the case when you “achieve” one party rule. Just hope it ends better than Venezuela.
Helping people change from gay to straight can be defined as a medical benefit.
Preventing this benefit can cause harm in the form of legal damages, opening up the possibility of massive litigation.
Islam doesn’t share power friend, just like Sauron. Although to be honest I think the Middle Earth people had it better, because at least Sauron seemed to be obvious as a major threat to the top leaders in those governments.
It would be interesting to hear testimony from former muslims and gays who have been rescued & saved by the Blood of Christ on this “evolution” that CA talks about all the time.
Been to South Central L.A. lately? They been there for some time now.
LOL @ liberals. They really think they’ve got it all figured out.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
I’m sure the God of the Universe is going to bend to the liberal demands.
Spirit of antichrist. Whom you have heard is coming and even now is already at work in the world.
Any way Commiefornia can be kicked *out* of the Union?
KMA, California. You’ve got a lot of nerve.
No need to evolve.Christ had it right from the very start.
When, “The Big One” hits California it’s gonna be hard to “do the Christian thing”.
Sauron would be easy to defeat. Just get him a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.
Heck, they’ve been there since the 1950’s.
We wonder how someone can accept democrat values and call themselves Christian. Sounds like no Christians left the the democrat party.
God's moral nature is the foundation of Christian ethics. His nature is absolute, eternal, and unchanging. God always hates the evil and loves the good and does not evolve.
They will have to burn the Koran.
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