By Jason Patterson | California
Does freedom mean freedom to speak, or does it mean freedom to censor speech that you don’t like?
In the state of California, left-wing lawmakers are attempting to pass a bill that would ban the sale of books that includes “fundamentalist” Christian views on sexuality and marriage.
Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an ‘unlawful business practice’ to engage in ‘a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer’ that advertise, offer to engage in, or to engage in ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,’” according to the National Review.
That’s a lot to be taking in. So let’s break it down, looking at both sides without bias.
• Some Christians threat it could lead to also banning bibles due to verses that could be considered anti-homosexual.
• California is one of the most “queerest” states in the country and San Francisco has more LGBT civilians than any other city in the country.
• This isn’t a simple ban in “public libraries,” but rather a ban on a book being allowed to be sold in any form, private and public.
The bill is sure to spark further controversy. Whether or not it will pass has yet to be determined.