By: Stephanie Taub, First Liberty Institute Senior Counsel. Originally published in National Review on May 18, 2018.
A bill in the state assembly would restrict access to information on marriage and human sexuality.
People have a right to hear all sides of controversial issues and to decide for themselves what they want to believe. They should be free to buy books and attend conferences that address controversial topics. Adults should be permitted to seek voluntary, faith-based counseling services that they believe are in their best interest.
However, some legislators in California want to eliminate your ability to make those decisions for yourself. The state is currently considering a bill that could silence certain speech that doesn’t align with the government’s position on human sexuality. It could prevent people from hearing all the information and coming to their own conclusions about controversial issues.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania may be more important for religious freedom in the long run than its mixed reception among religious liberty advocates would indicate.
In the classic 1987 film The Princess Bride, Inigo Montoya, after listening to Vizzini’s incessant use of the word “inconceivable” turns to his employer and says, “You keep using that word; I don’t think it means what you think it means.”