California Bill Would Ban Pastoral Counseling

TruNews – April 3, 2018

A new bill in California would prohibit counselors and pastors from providing care to people who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attractions, not only censoring what they can say, but blocking the full religious liberty of everyone involved.

The Alliance Defending Freedom was asked to analyze Assembly Bill 2943. That analysis states the legislation would have the following effects, if signed into law:

• A licensed counselor could not help a married mother of three who is experiencing unwanted attraction to a close female friend or confusion over her gender identity overcome those feelings;

• A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior;

• A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society; and

• A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.