If California progressives have their way, books that advocate Christian sexual morality and theological orthodoxy could be banned if Assembly Bill 2943 gets passed into law, David French reported at the National Review Online.
You read that right — California liberals now want to ban the sale of books.
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Assembly Bill 2943 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 advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in “sexual orientation change efforts with an individual.”
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.
“Put another way,” he said, “there is a fundamental difference between temptation and sin. California law would intrude directly on this teaching by prohibiting even the argument that regardless of sexual desire, a person’s sexual behavior should conform to Biblical standards.”
Christian teachings on sexual morality, he added, are “increasingly unpopular” but are nevertheless protected by the Constitution and, he further said, “no state legislature should be permitted to ban a ‘good’ (such as a book) or a ‘service’ (like counseling) that makes these arguments and provides them to willing, consenting consumers.”
Under this law it’s entirely possible the Bible could be banned in the Marxist state of California.
And if you think there’s no chance the bill will ever pass, think again. French noted:
Despite the obvious constitutional problems and despite its obvious intolerance for the Christian ethics of millions of its citizens, the bill is presently sailing through — passing two committee votes by 8–2 and 8–1 margins. It may come up for an Assembly vote as soon as this Thursday.
And California, he said, is “the progressive model, not the progressive fringe.”
“Too many members of the #resistance aren’t willing to compromise sufficiently even to maintain the culture-war status quo. There should be more tax funding for abortion, less religious freedom, and less free speech, they say. Now, in the beating heart of progressive American, not even books are safe,” he wrote.
It’s obvious that when it comes to social conservatism, he added, the “radical Left’s fundamental goal is to defeat and dominate.”
“How can these fascists not realize what they are doing?” asked a post at Barracuda Brigade.
Trust me, they realize full well what they are doing, and this is what they want to do to the entire country. Remember, this is a state where liberal Democrats want to jail food service workers who hand out unsolicited straws.
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