June 8, 2018

Rally FOR Religious Liberty in Sacramento

Day of Action – June 12th: Eagle Forum members will be attending the Day of Action Rally on June 12 at the State Capitol in Sacramento to protest and speak out against two terrible bills AB 2943 and SB 320.

AB 2943 is a bill that is trying to silence and hinder religious liberty. The rally will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, on the west steps of the Capitol building followed by a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30. The bill has already passed the Assembly.  Pastors and concerned Christians and liberty-loving conservatives from around the state will be gathering at the capitol to protest this bill, a last-ditch effort to stop it from being passed in the Senate.
AB 2943 – Is Entitled “Unlawful Business Practice – sexual orientation change effort” It essentially would make illegal “under California’s consumer fraud law any attempt for a church pastor, leader, counselor to give “conversion” therapy to any adult person questioning their sexual orientation and seeking help to change that orientation.  The state legislators have already passed a bill that would ban anyone giving any such therapy to a minor under the age of 18.  AB 2943 has already passed the Assembly and is now on to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it will be heard on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The bill will also ban along with counseling any books, literature, conferences which would be dealing with this subject of gender or sexual orientation. Would that also ban the Bible, which also mentions such words?

The California Family Council, with which Eagle Forum of California is closely aligned, is co-hosting the Day of Action Rally to speak out against this bill. Jonathan Keller, CEO, made the following statement about this bill:

“The implications of AB 2943 are staggering.  Despite attempts to spin the bill as ‘narrowly tailored,’ its effects spread far beyond merely regulating licensed therapists…it threatens religious non-profits, churches and pastors. Anybody who provides paid resources and services to help people practice their faith…will be in the crosshairs if this bill is signed into law.”  

If you can’t make it to the rally and hearing in person, please call the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee where the bill will be heard on Tuesday:  

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair)   916-651-4020
Senator John M. W. Moorlach (Vice Chair)  916-651-4037
Senator Joel Anderson   916-651-4038
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg   916-651-4018
Senator Bill Monning   916-651-4017
Senator Henry Stern    916-651-4027
Senator Bob Wieckowski  916-651-4010


SB 320 – Attack on Liberties of Universities to Say What is Provided in their Own Health Clinics:  If this bill passes then all CSU and UC colleges would be mandated to give their women students chemical abortion drugs.  The bill states that the drugs are “extremely safe,” but that is not the case.  The following is what Orlean Koehle wrote about the safety issue on Eagle Forum letterhead stationery that was sent to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, where the bill will be heard on June 12:

Chemical abortions are very painful, cause enormous bleeding and sometimes death.  RU-486 requires a two-step process of starving the unborn baby to death and a subsequent chemical application for the expulsion of the dead child. With one young girl, the cramping, nausea, the pain, and constant bleeding lasted continuously for 12 hours.  There are also side effects that can go on for months. Some complications result in bacterial infections that ended in the death of four California women.  According to 2006 statistics from the New York Times, the rate of death due to women who have taken RU-486 is one in 100,000.  According to a 2011 report by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), 14 American women died, and 2,207 reported serious adverse side effects: “612 women required hospitalizations, 339 experienced blood loss significant enough to require a transfusion, 256 experienced infections, and 48 women experienced “severe infections.”  Do we want any of our college students to risk being part of any such statistics?”

SB 320 will also be heard June 12, 2018:  If you can attend the rally about AB 2943 and also speak out at the both of hearings (at 1:30 p.m.), it would be much appreciated.  For those of you who can’t come, please call the members of the committees Monday or Tuesday morning and express your opposition and please pray. Help us stop it now!  You can see the 13 education committee members names and phone numbers by going to http://ahed.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaffMembers | Committee on Higher Education