In April of 2018, conservative network, One America News Network (OAN), interviewed California State Assembly member Travis Allen, who is also running for governor as a Republican. The topic of the interview was Assembly Bill 2943. Thi is a well-supported proposed law currently before state legislators. The interview was viewed 1.4 million times on Facebook.
California’s state government is wholly against anyone professing to be a Christian hetereosexual-practicing individual. The proposed law even extends to prohibiting the suggestion that girls wear skirts and boys wear slacks.
In 2012, the California Assembly passed the very controversial Senate Bill 1172, which banned mental health professionals from performing SOCE on children under the age of 18. The law defines SOCE as: “any practices by mental health providers 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”. The limitations placed upon actions and statements by the bill extends to individuals as it prohibits SOCE from being performed by any individual, not just by mental health providers. This is a direct attack upon the First Amendment from both a freedom of speech perspective, but it also extends to the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.
AB-2119 requires children in foster care to receive gender-affirming therapy if they have gender dysphoria. It bans any form of conversion therapy. It is not clear if it is permissible to convert heterosexuals to homosexuality. The bill appears to only limit covnersion from a one-way practice.
Where have we seen this before?
Excerpts From: “Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeton Address
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1983-Men Have Forgotten God)
“..The West has yet to experience a Communist invasion; religion here remains free. But the West’s own historical evolution has been such that today it too is experiencing a drying up of religious consciousness…. the tide of secularism that, from the late Middle Ages onward, has progressively inundated the West. This gradual sapping of strength from within is a threat to faith that is perhaps even more dangerous than any attempt to assault religion violently from without…”
…Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.
…The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. Two metropolitans were shot, one of whom, Veniamin of Petrograd, had been elected by the popular vote of his diocese. Patriarch Tikhon himself passed through the hands of the Cheka-GPU and then died under suspicious circumstances. Scores of archbishops and bishops perished. Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter. All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the faith by threats and lies…
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”. Templeton Prize Lecture, 10 May 1983.
In summary, California LGBTQ activists have introduced a bill that would make it illegal for Christians to provide biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help for unwanted same-sex attractions, as Assemblyman Evan Low’s bill, AB 2943, states that “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” is illegal under state’s consumer fraud law…” Whatever happened to letting each person decide what is best for them?
What’s most disturbing is the fact that California is taking an exact chapter out of the book from the early communists on how to eradicate Christianity and Christians through deportatioon to the Gulag. Today, we call these places, FEMA CAMPS, and they are awaiting your arrival. California, a known trend setter, is making this message crystal clear.
To Christians in California it is time to make a stand. The time for dissent and civil disobedience is now. To everyone else across the country, if you think that this is going to stop in California, think again.
Any public leader who hate God needs to be replaced. California, you are on the frontline of the war for your soul, do your job!
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