A non-binding resolution working its way through the California legislature – a measure that some Christians see as a clear attempt to tell pastors and others what they can and cannot say – has advanced out of committee and is headed for a vote before the full Assembly.
As reported earlier this week by OneNewsNow, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 proclaims that the state’s legislators have “found that being [LGBT] is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming”; contends that attempts to help a person struggling with same-sex attraction are harmful; and blames churches and faith-based counselors for the epidemic of suicides within the LGBT community.
In essence, says Greg Burt of the California Family Council, ACR-99 targets psychotherapists, pastors, religious workers, educators, and any other groups with influence over morality to stop telling the truth about LGBT lifestyles – even if they are unwanted by the people being counseled.
“This bill tells pastors they need to stop any type of efforts to change folks with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion,” Burt adds. “They call it ‘unethical’ and ‘harmful.'”
Despite ACR-99 being only a resolution that doesn’t carry the force of law, Burt remains deeply concerned because “it sends a chilling effect across the state of California, and more or less says the state government is now against traditional views of morality and the family, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior. And [it means] the state is now condemning folks with that faith.”
Since OneNewsNow first reported on this resolution, the Assembly Judiciary Committee has passed it on a 6-to-2 vote, advancing it to the full Assembly – which is expected to pass it along party lines if it comes up for a vote. Author of the resolution is Assemblyman Evan Low, an open homosexual.
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