The homosexual activists have mastered the “cry victim and attack” strategy and are now going for broke trying to take out anyone who is not willing to promote their lifestyle. Their slogan is “This year, we’re letting California Youth Groups know that discrimination has a real cost.”
SB 323 threatens to revoke the tax exempt status of non-profit organizations that will not allow homosexuals or transgendered persons into their membership and hold positions that are deemed to be against the moral and/or religious standards of the organization. This bill was a direct attack on Boy Scouts of America but will affect every nonprofit sports and civic youth organization in the state and will likely cause numerous organizations to close their doors.
“California does not tolerate discrimination, and by removing this exemption, we will make it clear to the Boy Scouts and all other organizations that discrimination has a real cost,” said John O’Connor executive director of the bill’s sponsor, Equality California. “We believe this legislation will encourage groups to do the right thing, which is ending their discriminatory policies that unfairly exclude LGBT people.”
SB 323 will directly affect CRI”s “City on the Hill” program. “City on the Hill” has receives thousands of dollars in donations for youth to attend the program each year and is entirely dependent on those donations from our supporters. Under SB 323, we would no longer be able to provide the program to our youth due to lack of funding should our tax exempt status be revoked.
The purpose of “City on the Hill” is to teach youth that they have a voice in our government. SB 323 seeks to silence those voices by violating our Constitutional rights to freedom of religion, speech and association.
To supporters of the bill, equality is one-sided and an individual’s freedoms to think, express, or practice their moral convictions are being trumped by the homosexual activists’ need to promote their beliefs at all costs – including the dismantling of organizations that are dedicated to serving youth. The Equality California website states “So why should we give organizations that don’t reflect our values a special exemption? Why should they get special rights?”
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SB 323 states that youths groups including Boy Scouts, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Girl Scouts, and Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity would lose their tax exempt status.
The bill also includes nonprofit private schools, kindergarten through college.
Gender identity refers to a person’s private sense of his or her own gender. For example, if a female considers herself a male and is most comfortable referring to her personal gender in masculine terms, then her gender identity is male. In order to maintain non-profit status, California non-profit youth organizations will be forced to allow boys who identify themselves as female into restrooms and dorms, on overnight camps, retreats, and onto female sports teams.
“This bill is a direct attack on the First Amendment, Religious Liberties and Freedom of Association,” stated Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute. “Non-profit organizations that were legally formed under the laws of the State of California, and have been operating for the good of our youth, will be forced to abandon their deeply held religious viewsor close their doors.”
“The homosexual activist group who sponsored the bill, Equality California, just can’t seem to allow people to have traditional values or hold religious beliefs,” said England. “They will continue bullying and attempting to force their views on every Californian. Capitol Resource Institute will vigorously oppose this legislation. Citizens should be outraged over this bill and contact their state senators immediately.”
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