New California Bill Threatens Religious Freedom
A bill threatening free speech and religious freedom is quickly moving through the California Legislature. It is California Assembly Bill 2943 (AB 2943) -- Unlawful business practices: sexual orientation change efforts. According to the text of this Assembly Bill, this is an act to amend Sections 1761 and 1770 of the Civil Code, relating to unlawful business practices.
The proposed Bill uses California’s consumer fraud statute to penalize religious freedom and free speech on the issues of homosexuality and gender identity. The Bill adds “sexual orientation change efforts” to the state’s “Consumer Legal Remedies Act.”
How does this affect people of faith?
Both Scripture and Christian teachings are clear about God’s plan for marriage and sexuality: God himself designed marriage to join one man and one woman in a committed, exclusive, lifelong relationship. Anything different from that is outside God’s design.
Under this misguided legislation, anyone who proclaims God's truth or offers help to those with unwanted homosexuality or transgenderism – whether it be thoughts, behavior, identity, or attractions – would be vulnerable to a lawsuit under AB 2943.
Who does this bill directly affect?
The good folks at the Alliance Defending Freedom have recently analyzed this legislation and determined that the bill could negatively impact:
Medical & Healthcare Professionals
Christian Schools & Colleges
Bookstores (including online bookstores)
For example, a simple monetary transaction – buying a book about overcoming homosexuality, or paying a counselor for their help with homosexuality or gender confusion – would trigger AB 2943.
Simply put, Christian schools, churches and others who hold to a traditional understanding of marriage and God's design for sexuality would be open to lawsuits for teaching biblical truth about homosexuality or transgenderism. Knowing that our religious freedom is our first and foundational freedom, we must be vigilant to protect it. Ronald Reagan stated in his inauguration speech as California’s governor:
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”
It’s one thing to have a genuine disagreement with someone about their deeply held religious beliefs. It’s an entirely different thing, however, to penalize those who work to help others sort through these issues and live out their faith.
What can be done to prevent this from happening in other states?
We strongly encourage you to learn more about this legislation and to take action by banding together with FACCT and other like-minded organizations. Call your state legislators so that bills like this that threaten our religious freedoms are not introduced or brought forth.
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Click on this link to see the article about our organization being featured in the magazine Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health, Winter/Spring 2013 issue (once there, click on the Archives Tab.)
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California Law Bans "Change Therapy"
California passed a law in 2012 which forbids any state-licensed counselor, Christian or otherwise, to help clients who may want to address their sexuality in the counseling sessions. California therapists and counselors are now prohibited from saying anything negative about homosexuality to their clients (that it is a sin against God, that it is an abomination before the Lord, that one can be delivered from its bondage through God's grace and forgiveness, etc.). Failure to comply with this new mandate can lead to reprisal including, but not limited to, fines and forfeiture of one's state license. For this very reason we need to encourage every Christian therapist, whether state-licensed or not, to join FACCT so that we can band together to prevent similar legislation from passing in other states. As of April 2018, nearly 50 bills have been introduced in 24 states targeting "conversion therapy".
Please help us preserve the right of every Christian counselor to share the whole counsel of God by inviting your Christian colleagues, friends, and other church friends to join FACCT.
For more information regarding a lawsuit that Liberty Counselor filed against that state of California, please see the Nov. 2012 issue of The Liberator. http://www.lc.org
To view articles about Dr. Nussbaumer's case, which set a national precedent involving clergy-penitent confidentiality, which also protects and affirming confidentiality for all FACCT-licensed therapists, please click any link below:
Liberty Counsel link one,
Liberty Counsel link two,
Liberty Counsel link three
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"Just from the Heart"
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