Hispanics, Christians Speak Out Against California Bill Targeting Religious Universities

WASHINGTON TIMES — A bill speedily passing through the California legislature threatening to curtail religious freedom at faith-based colleges and universities is beginning to garner opposition on multiple fronts.

Several Hispanic advocacy groups released a joint letter on Tuesday denouncing SB 1146, which would open the door to legal action against religious colleges and universities that adhere to traditional teachings on sexuality and marriage.

Spearheaded by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the letter said SB 1146 would effectively “eliminate religious education in California.”

“At a minimum, if passed, this bill would substantially interfere with the ability of California’s faith-based colleges and universities to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their beliefs,” the letter said. “This bill would make religious institutions vulnerable to anti-discrimination lawsuits and unprecedented government policing.”

“It is not inconceivable that this bill could in effect eliminate faith-based higher education entirely,” the letter continued.

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