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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.
Threat - Sales - Text - California - Assembly
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.
Lawyers - Proposal - National - Review - David
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...
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