(Life News) A California bill that purports to remove police officers engaged in “hate speech” would allow the government to discriminate against peaceful pro-lifers, conservatives and people of faith, state pro-life leaders warned.
The new California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act (Assembly Bill 655) would “root out” police officers and potential hires for “hate speech” and their connections to “hate groups” by requiring law enforcement agencies to screen potential hires for “hate.” It also would allow officers who are found to engage in “hate” to be fired.
State Assembly Member Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the sponsor of the bill, said the goal is to stop “the infiltration of extremists in our law enforcement agencies,” according to The Federalist. Kalra’s legislation defines hate speech as
“Advocating or supporting the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.”
But the California Family Council said this extremely broad, arbitrary definition could be used to discriminate against peaceful, law-abiding Christians, Muslims, pro-lifers and conservatives.
“This is a blatantly unconstitutional violation of religious liberty and freedom of speech. It is also a tyrannical abuse of power from a politician seeking to…
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Editor’s Note. This article was written by Micaiah Bilger and published at LifeNews.
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