California’s attack on religious liberties continues, and Senate Bill 1146 continues to generate controversy, even vile, vulgar behavior from members of the California Assembly staff at the State Capitol.
Pastor Marc T. Little is chief operating officer and general counsel for Faithful Central Bible Church, a large, predominantly African-American church located in Inglewood California. He and other clergy members from throughout the state attended hearings concerning SB 1146 in Sacramento last week.
SB 1146 impinges on American citizens’ First Amendment rights, as it restricts religious freedoms in religious institutions of higher learning, including colleges, universities, and seminaries. So Pastor Little sent to the office of his state assemblymen, Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D), a letter (view below) stating his opposition to the controversial bill and subsequently received a vulgar, profanity-laced voicemail message from a Joey Hill, chief of staff for the assemblymen. (Listen to message at bottom of page. Audio edited to remove profanity.)
“SB 1146, was introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). It seeks to eliminate the current religious exemption in California that fully protects the freedom of California’s faith-based colleges and universities to operate in ways that are consistent with their religious missions and faith tenets. The provisions of the proposed bill represent a dramatic narrowing of religious freedom in California. It would mean faith-based institutions would no longer be able to determine for themselves the scope of their religious convictions as applied in student conduct policies, housing and restroom/locker facilities, and other matters of religious expression and practical campus life. Though the free exercise of religion is guaranteed by both the U.S. and California Constitutions, SB 1146 would make religious institutions like Biola vulnerable to anti-discrimination lawsuits and unprecedented government policing.”
“This bill, if it became law, would diminish religious liberty in California higher education and [set precedence nationally]. It would unfairly harm faith-based institutions and it would weaken the rich educational diversity of the state.”
Pastor Little has called for an immediate apology from Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer and the immediate resignation of Mr. Hill. “No one should ever be subjected to such disrespect by the staff of a public official no matter the disagreement,” he states.
The Christian community must understand the stakes are high and that the liberal progressive agenda will stop at nothing to restrict religious freedoms in California and throughout the nation. The goal is to disempower the Church and drive it underground. For a state assemblymen’s chief of staff to feel so emboldened as to literally call a pastor and curse him shows the arrogance exhibited in their feeling that there will be little push back from the church.
As for me, I agree with Pastor Little. Mr. Hill should resign. And I think it high time the church flexed its collective spiritual muscle and fully stood up. It’s time to turn over some tables.