A California bill that seeks to remove police officers who are involved in “hate speech” could remove officers based on discriminatory factors such as pro-life affiliation, conservative political beliefs, and people of faith, according to pro-life leaders.
Life News reports:
The new California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act (Assembly Bill 655) would “root out” police officers and potential hires for “hate speech” and their connections to “hate groups” by requiring law enforcement agencies to screen potential hires for “hate.” It also would allow officers who are found to engage in “hate” to be fired.
State Assembly Member Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the sponsor of the bill, said the goal is to stop “the infiltration of extremists in our law enforcement agencies,” according to The Federalist.
Kalra’s legislation defines hate speech as “advocating or supporting the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.”
But the California Family Council said this extremely broad, arbitrary definition could be used to discriminate against peaceful, law-abiding Christians, Muslims, pro-lifers and conservatives.
“This is a blatantly unconstitutional violation of religious liberty and freedom of speech. It is also a tyrannical abuse of power from a politician seeking to ruin the lives of those he disagrees with,” said Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement for the pro-life organization.
The broad definition raises questions about whether the Catholic Church could be labeled a hate group because it rejects the so-called constitutional right to an abortion, or whether Muslims could be banned from the police force because they attend a mosque that speaks out against homosexuality, his organization explained.
The California Assembly Public Safety Committee is set to consider the bill on April 6, which will likely garner much opposition from pro-lifers and people of faith during the hearing.