SB 1146, a bill sponsored by Equality California and several LGBT groups, has passed the California Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.
SB 1146 strikes at the heart of our First Amendment-protected freedoms, pluralism, and basic institutional self-governance. If a faith-based school accepts Cal Grants, this bill would, among other things, ban that school from requiring moral conduct codes, and from incorporating their religious beliefs into the school’s curriculum. Christian institutions must be able to govern their campuses based on the tenets of their faith without interference by the government.
“Any system of education … which limits instruction to the arts and sciences and rejects the aids of religion informing the characters of its citizens, is essentially defective.
… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
~Noah Webster, “Schoolmaster to America”
- The Assembly Higher Education Committee members need to hear from you before their hearing on June 21! They must vote “no” on SB 1146. Please feel free to use this sample letter from Biola University.
- Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair. (916) 319-2061; click here to e-mail.
- Assembly Member Catharine Baker (R-Dublin), Vice Chair. (916) 319-2016; click here to e-mail.
- Other committee members/ contact information can be found here.
- If you live in the Sacramento area, please attend the hearing on June 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 437.
- Forward this e-mail to like-minded California friends and family.
Please pray for God to bring clarity to the minds of these legislators. That they will recognize, affirm, and protect the First Amendment rights of students and colleges.
Thank you for your prayers and action on this important bill!
CWA of Southern California