MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2016
Contact: Arthur Schaper
Director, California MassResistance
Cudahy City Council to vote on religious freedom Resolution to oppose Ricardo Lara's SB 1146 scheduled for Monday, July 25th, 2016
Cudady, California -- In light of growing opposition to a tyrannical bill oppressing the First Amendment rights of religious colleges and universities, the Cudahy City Council will vote Monday on a resolution to oppose SB 1146.
The resolution by Cudahy councilmember Jack Guerrero supports the religious freedom of private colleges, including Biola University, in nearby La Mirada. The city council meets Monday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Guerrero's resolution comes on the heels of Hispanic Christian leaders denouncing SB 1146 for how it would "substantially interfere with the ability of California's faith-based colleges and universities to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their beliefs."
"Discussion item on City Council resolution on behalf of Cudahy residents, to oppose SB 1146, and support religious freedom," the resolution by Councilman Guerrero states.
SB 1146 would infringe upon biblical decision-making in admissions, housing, and employment at faith-based campuses, by permitting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students to sue in court against these colleges' biblical values in an attempt to harm them financially.
The author of SB 1146 is state senator Ricardo Lara, a Long Beach Democrat, whose district includes Cudahy.
"It's time for all who say they support religious freedom and true diversity to stand up for the First Amendment and against religious intolerance," said Arthur Schaper, director of California MassResistance, which is helping lead the statewide opposition to SB 1146, which is scheduled for August votes in the California State Assembly.
"SB 1146 violates the separation of Church and State, the boundary between sacred and secular," Schaper said. "This tyrannical bill is an attack against everybody's constitutional rights, because if religious freedom can be squashed for some, it can be squashed for all."