The head of the Pacific Justice Institute says a non-binding resolution just introduced in the California legislature raises a "red flag" that the state is on the verge of telling Christian pastors and counselors what they can and cannot say to certain people in deep pain.
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.
"Be it … resolved," says the resolution, "that the Legislature calls upon religious leaders with conviction to counsel on LGBT matters from a place of love, compassion, and knowledge of the psychological and other harms of conversion therapy …."
Brad Dacus, president of the Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute, summarizes ACR-99 as "an outrageous violation of the state deciding to pressure what pastors teach and preach as they minister to individuals who are struggling with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues."
While a concurrent resolution in the California legislature carries no weight and essentially amounts to a recommendation, Dacus argues there's cause for worry.
"This resolution should serve as a red flag, a warning bell, to pastors as to the intentions of the government of California … trying to attempt to radically intimidate and force everyone to throw away their Christian beliefs," the attorney tells OneNewsNow.
The resolution's author, Assemblyman Evan Low, pulled a controversial bill last year (AB 2943) that would have banned what's often called "conversion therapy" in California after the homosexual legislator said he had "productive conversations" with opponents, including pro-family religious groups. (Read 'Must Say Gay' bill shelved)
Despite those "productive conversations," Concurrent Resolution 99 literally targets those same groups – something his original bill, with its exemption for churches, didn't even do.
Dacus predicts things will get worse before they get better. "It's resolutions like these that serve as the body blows to people of faith and churches before the state finally comes in with a legislative knockout punch," he shares.
ACR-99 currently sits with the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary.