In 2017 the Pennsylvania State Senate introduced Bill 613, to amend the State’s Human Relations Act which would make gender identity and sexual orientation a protected class in anti-discrimination statutes.
It was revealed by the Daily Signal, that the bill is backed by Tim Gill, the man who has been previously labeled as “the megadonor behind the LGBTQ rights movement” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Gill plans to use his $500 million fortune to “punish the wicked,” Gill said as revealed by Rolling Stone magazine; “We’re going into the hardest states in the country,” he told the magazine. “We’re going to punish the wicked.”
Pennsylvania, the Keystone state, has not, to-date, passed a statewide law that implements gender identity and sexual orientation into anti-discrimination statues. However, the signing of SB 613 would achieve just that.
Regardless of the fact that the state bill has not become law, the mere threat of it is driving people away from the public square and thwarting the opening of new businesses. Cities and towns in Pennsylvania have already passed forty-three local ordinances that are being used to target residents for their beliefs and moral convictions.
One prime example, W.W Bridal in Bloomsburg, Penn. was a local bridal shop owned and operated by Christians who closed their doors and shuttered their business likely because of city ordinances that were close to being implemented that would target their business specifically and subject them to ramifications for being labeled as a discriminatory.
Even without an ordinance, the owners had no choice but to close: Activists attacked the store’s reputation by posting fake Yelp reviews and have made threats to burn the business down or shoot the owners in the head.
Forced to choose between their livelihood and their beliefs, the owners chose the latter. “We will not be forced by government, local ordinances, or bullies to participate in something that goes against our faith,” the business stated in a Facebook post.
On a broader scale, Canada has passed similar “anti-discrimination” laws that punish residents and ban Bible verses because they aren’t aligned with the ‘agenda of tolerance.’
Also, California is moving to pass a bill that could ultimately lead to the banning of Bibles. According to Randy Thomasson with Save California, the bill is very broad and could affect anything and anyone speaking or any particular reading material that help people overcome same-sex desires;
“So, this is a pastor speaking, you pay a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires. Hey, that could be outlawed. A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires. There’s a sale, there’s a transaction, that could be banned,” Thomasson said.
“This is very expansive, very tyrannical and absolutely squashing free speech, religious freedom and basic choice of people. This is an anti-freedom, anti-American bill,” Thomasson continued.
The California bill has already forced a Christian Ministry, Colorado-based Summit Ministries, to cancel two conferences in the state because the bill allows for churches and Christian schools that share the biblical teaching on the subject would be open to a lawsuit.
The previously mentioned Pennsylvania legislation could open up residents and small business owners to targeting by governmental organizations for their beliefs and moral convictions.