A California ballot measure to legalize Christian terrorism. I underlined the key elements.
Ballot Watch: New Update Issued for Bible-Based Initiative Submitted by jbrown on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 09:02
The Secretary of State has qualified a new initiative to enter circulation so that its proponents can gather signatures for a future election. The initiative is sponsored by a Pastor named Allan Esses and is as follows:
1475. (10-0022) Creates Special Constitutional Rule for Speech Based on the Bible. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
The official ballot description states:
“Exempts speech based on biblical authority from existing constitutional and statutory restrictions applicable to all other speech, including restrictions against discrimination and hate crimes. Repeals constitutional provision denying protection to acts of religious expression inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially minor increased costs to state and local governments to resolve legal issues pertaining to the effect of the measure."
Essentially, the proponents wish to strike the following sentence from the state Constitution: “This liberty of conscience does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State.” By having this sentenced removed, supporters want the freedom to speak their views freely about the following subjects, as articulated in their proposal to the Attorney General:
“We the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to perpetuate His blessings do submit that a person using any part of the Bible's content as authority may freely speak, pray, write, discuss, publish, preach, teach, hear, share his or her faith, to proclaim Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, engage in street witnessing, distribute written material or otherwise communicate any views on salvation, heaven, or abortion, adultery, alcoholism, anti-Semitism, astrology, bestiality, bigamy, bisexuality, blasphemy, civil unions, coarse jesting, cohabitation, coveting, cross-dressing, cults, drugs, drunkenness, extortion, euthanasia, evil, evolution, fornication, gay marriage, gender identity, hell, heresy, homosexuality, idolaters, idolatry, incest, lying, murder, necromancy, other religions, pornography, psychics, rape, reviling, sex, sexual immorality, sexual orientation. sodomy, sorcery, stealing, transgender, trans-sexuality, witchcraft, yoga, or sin at any public or private gatherings, school, church or other place of worship, Bible Study group or sidewalk or in any communicative medium, the internet, satellite, television, film, theater, radio, videos, recording, newspapers, magazines, music, and periodicals or by means of a computer, telephone, cell phone or fax machine.”
This potential initiative’s circulation deadline is March 24, 2011. Its supporters must gather at least 694,354 signatures. You can read the full text of the initiative here.