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Bill in California Legislature to force Christian colleges to surrender opposition to LGBT agenda. Take action!
Passed in Senate; now in Assembly
MassResistance California mobilizing to help stop it
Latest national LGBT effort - coming to your state?
June 27 2016
The latest national LGBT assault is to pass laws around the country to force conservative Christian colleges to surrender their opposition to homosexual and transgender behavior.
The first such bill, S1146, was recently introduced in the California Legislature. On June 26, it passed the California State Senate. It is now in the Assembly and is having a public hearing this Tuesday before the Judiciary Committee. MassResistance is mobilizing to help stop it.
Currently, Christian colleges can seek religious exemptions from federal mandates on “transgenderism” (and possibly also “sexual orientation”). But this bill would force colleges in the state to publicize their policies and practices that are supposedly “discriminatory.” It would encourage state and local lawsuits from students and employees, as well as other retribution directed at the colleges. It will very likely lead to curtailment of California state grants to needy students of those colleges.
The bill is clearly meant as a hammer against conservative Christian colleges that attempt to keep their moral values intact.
The LGBT movement has successfully infiltrated and forced their ideas on many traditionally religious colleges across the country. Nevertheless, a number of smaller religious colleges have not succumbed, and continue to hold a standard of Biblical morality. In many cases, this includes banning homosexual behavior and refusing to hire openly homosexual faculty. This has stymied and angered the LGBT movement, which demands 100% capitulation to its agenda.
The LGBT movement learned from the Gordon College firestorm
Then, in 2014, the LGBT radicals discovered a way to enforce compliance. Gordon College, a conservative evangelical Christian college in Massachusetts, had signed a letter to the White House requesting that a religious exemption be added to a planned executive order barring institutions that receive any federal money from discriminating on the basis of “sexual orientation.” The Boston Globe found out and immediately publicized it. The Globe’s message was that Gordon College was seeking the legal right to discriminate!
The local LGBT movement immediately began fomenting a liberal firestorm against the college. Within weeks, (1) the city of Lynn, MA, discontinued their use of Gordon College student teachers in its school system; (2) the city of Salem, MA, terminated a contract allowing the college to use a public building; (3) the Peabody-Essex Art Museum ended its relationship with the college; and, most distressing, (4) the New England Association of School and Colleges announced that it was going to review Gordon’s accreditation. Also, there were well-publicized petitions, protests, and rallies by liberal Gordon students against the college administration.
The Gordon college administration basically panicked. Instead of defending their principles, they went into a “church of nice” mode and eventually capitulated on most critical fronts.
The LGBT movement saw that forcing a Christian college to reveal that it was seeking a “discrimination” exemption could be leveraged to force the school to abandon its religious principles.
It is unfortunate that federal money has become intertwined so deeply into higher education and student loans that very few colleges have been able to extricate themselves from that (and make it up with fundraising).
Leveraging the Title IX exemption process to harass and intimidate
The federal Title IX regulation bans “sex discrimination” by institutions receiving federal money. Religious colleges can apply for an exception to the regulation.
In 2014, under the Obama Administration, the federal Department of Education issued a “clarification” that that the Title IX discrimination prohibition “extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.” In response, a number of religious institutions have applied for a Title IX exemption on that basis.
This is where the LGBT movement saw its opportunity. At the end of 2015 the well-funded national LGBT organization “Human Rights Campaign” (HRC) published a report, “Title IX Religious Exemptions – Putting LGBT Students at Risk.”
The report claims that transgender students are terribly “harmed” because Christian colleges won’t accept their “identity” or behavior. It outlines the need to for a national campaign to force all Christian colleges to be required “publicize” their exemption and “to inform their communities and prospective students when they request the right to discriminate.” The intent is to attract harassment to these colleges, and intimidate them into abandoning their Christian moral beliefs. The report names dozens of Christian colleges around the country that have already asked for exemptions.
(In addition, some federal courts have already begun to re-interpret “sex discrimination” to include both homosexuality and transgenderism. There is a fear that homosexuality will soon be incorporated into Title IX, and thus require further exemption attempts by religious institutions.)
Here’s what California Bill S1146 does . . .
The LGBT movement decided to start in California. The sponsor of Bill S1146 is State Senator Ricardo Lara who is openly “gay” and is the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
In its current form, Bill S1146 basically says:
See the current text of the bill here.
Since being introduced S1146 has gone through several changes, usually for the worse. For example, previously the bill contained a blanket exemption for programs teaching theology or ministry, but that was removed on June 21.
California MassResistance goes into action
California MassResistance is not standing still. We are helping organize testimony at the State Capitol on Tuesday, and other protests around the state. We will have more information on this coming up.
TESTIFY at the public hearing on Thursday morning June 30:
(NOTE: Change of hearing date. We had originally reported in this post that the public hearing was Tuesday morning, June 28. On Monday afternoon we learned that the committee suddenly moved the hearing date to Thursday, June 30.)
If you can go to the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Thursday morning, June 30, please do so (and let us know):
Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing:
CALL the Judiciary Committee members!
Tell them: “Vote NO on S1146. Do NOT oppress and harass Christian colleges that don’t agree with the LGBT political agenda.”
Some say that too often in California, pro-family people don’t get involved soon enough. A bad bill gets passed, then they hope that the Governor vetoes it. Or they try an expensive referendum to overturn it. We are working with people to get very involved BEFORE it gets out of the legislature!
If this horrible bill is not stopped now, it could spread across the country. We will continue to report on this critical issue.
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