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New Bill Will Trample Religious Liberty in This State

First, we heard that same-sex marriage would not affect our “sincerely held religious beliefs.” We were mockingly told, “If you don’t agree with same-sex marriages, then don’t have one.” But soon, we found that it wasn’t tolerance and “equality” they wanted, but public acceptance and affirmation of their chosen, sexual lifestyles.

Now, we are told that non-discrimination laws apply to even perceived “gender identity and expression”.  If someone even questions this unprecedented “new norm,” they can be sued, fined and possibly jailed. In this new, Orwellian world, religious rights must give way to these newly found human rights—lest we offend even the 0.007 percent of the population, which are thought to be “trans-gendered.”

In California, the Democrat-dominated, state senate is processing a bill (S.B. 1146) which targets private, religious, higher education and tramples religious freedoms. It will amend a current anti-discrimination law to force all post-secondary schools and colleges to affirm and promote homosexuality and trans-sexuality in their admissions and hiring practices—including most faith-based colleges and universities.

The amendment “narrows the religious exemption afforded to these institutions and requires disclosure of such exemption.” The only religious exemption allowed is if the institution exists for parochial training, i.e.to prepare pastors or theological educators. Such, exempt institutions must also post (on campus) and publish (online and in printed materials) their discriminatory practices, presumably so potential donors, students, and their parents can be forewarned.

If the college/university offers degrees in other vocational disciplines (for example liberal arts degrees in education, business administration, humanities or communications) they can no longer be exempt, and cannot “discriminate” by only admitting professing believers as students, professors, or even presidents. Nor can they seek to maintain campus-wide spiritual life programs or require ethical student standards.

If S.B. 1146 passes both houses of the California legislature, students at these faith-based educational institutions will no longer be eligible to receive state-funded Cal Grants, unless and until the institution complies with the state’s new interpretation of sexual non-discrimination, as set forth in 1972’s Education Amendments of the Federal Title IX mandate. The “progressive,” liberal Democrats continue to try to “fundamentally transform America” by redefining the millennially-understood word “sex,” when it comes to “sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.”

May God give us wisdom and hold us accountable, as we vote in November for local, state and federal officials. Our destiny, as a nation “under God,” depends on it!

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Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis is a recently retired minister who writes a blog, where he seeks to relate a biblical worldview regarding societal issues of public interest. Trying to be “salt and light,” as Jesus commands, these brief blog-posts are primarily pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberties, while also speaking up for the people and nation of Israel.

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