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Freedom Fades, Part II
by Ray Haynes [politician] 9/11/06 

In Nazi Germany, the first step in Hitler’s effort to eliminate opposition was to undermine the influence of churches and people of faith. Since the church in Nazi Germany was receiving state subsidies, it wasn’t too hard to get compliance, but the consequences of that compliance was devastating. In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the effects of Hitler’s policies on the church, and how that ultimately led to the collapse of the moral fabric of the nation. We all know what occurred after that.

There are several linchpins of liberty. The first is property rights. If a persons property rights are threatened, that is, the ability to feed their families and the right to keep the fruits of their labor, then they will say whatever they have to say, and do whatever they have to do to try and keep what they have. Freedom of speech is irrelevant when it comes to keeping the family nest egg.


Ray Haynes

Mr. Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to Assembly Member Haynes website at California Assembly][go to Haynes index]

Next is religious freedom. A government that requires a faithful person to participate in, be complicit in, or be silent in the face of what that person considers sin in order to survive in society will lose all semblance of order in a very short period of time. People of faith will ignore the law rather than sacrifice their eternal soul. The rest of society, released from any constraints of morality or internal regulatory restraint, will simply choose a self-indulgent lifestyle, a lifestyle not necessarily conducive to following any other law. The consequence to the social order of these behaviors is disastrous.

California’s Legislature has not yet learned this lesson, and they are making a serious attempt to undermine the church and people of faith in California, and they are using the guise of “discrimination” against homosexuals in order to do it. Many people of faith believe that if they aid in or promote homosexuality (even if they don’t engage in the behavior themselves), they are committing a sin. They are particularly concerned if others are trying to lead their children down the road to this sin, because they believe it endangers their children’s eternal soul.

So, when the government, under the guise of prohibiting “discrimination” starts interfering with the operations of their church or starts “promoting” homosexuality in the schools, people of faith get upset. In the early “anti-discrimination” laws, churches were exempted. Over the last several years, the activists in the legislature who have advanced pro-homosexual legislation have removed the church exemptions from their legislation. Today, churches that run hospitals or schools cannot discriminate against employees who are openly homosexual.

This year, the Legislature attempted to advance that agenda even more. It passed SB 1437, SB 1441, AB 606 and AB 1056. Each in their own way seeks to require people of faith to accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. AB 606 requires school district to adopt “nondiscrimination policies” even though discrimination against homosexuality is already barred by state law. AB 1437 (just vetoed by the Governor) would have required schools to “not discriminate” against homosexuals in the selection of textbooks, although it is not clear how current textbooks discriminate. AB 1056 requires the introduction of “tolerance” into the curriculum (“tolerance” is the code word for acceptance of homosexuality), and AB 1441 would require anyone who gets state financial assistance (including faith-based colleges and social service organizations) to not discriminate against homosexuals in any of its operations. A rule in the religious school against sex outside of marriage could be interpreted as violating this law, and result in the loss of state aid to the students of that school.

A state that doesn’t respect religious freedom is fascist. It is just that simple, no matter what excuse or guise the fascism takes. How far have the mighty fallen? CRO

Mr. Haynes is a California Assemblyman repesenting Riverside and Temecula and frequent contributor to CaliforniaRepublic.org.


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