The State of California passed legislation last year and Governor Brown signed it into law that makes it mandatory for all healthcare workers complete a class on Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Gay and Transgendered issues, most often this cost is born by the employee. The legislation was in response to several polling’s that indicated concerns among the LBGT community that they [might] become discriminated against in the healthcare industry, especially as their population reaches retirement home age.
LBGT Educational Classes – Where does the money go and who regulates the content of the training? At this point we really don’t know. However, what we do know for a fact is, failure to comply will result in termination of employment, a fine of $1000, loss of credentialing and imprisonment up to one year. I guess in jail the offender will have time to re-think their religious objection then get their mind right.
What egregious violation of this new law can get you thrown into the gulag? A number of things, but here is one example: Failure to use the correct pronoun. That’s right, if a healthcare worker fails to use the proper salutation they can be terminated, prosecuted, fined and jailed. On balance the Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun. “It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month. Nevertheless, the language is still there.
What about a religious exception? It doesn’t matter if the worker in question objects to this training on religious grounds or moral grounds. There are no exceptions. They have no choice, either they take the class as it is offered or they are no longer employable in their chosen profession. The State has ruled – so you will just have to trust the crazy socialist government of California to be fair and reasonable as to when they chose to use their heavy hand.
Greg Burt of the California Family Council said, “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” he said to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August, according to CBN News. He was one of the few voices that opposed this legislation early on.
I don’t necessarily fault the stated motive, I get it. But, I do fault their method. Whenever government is allowed to dictate how we think, regardless of their reasons, we have lost our way and we are no longer a free country. And lets not lose sight of the fact this law came into being because of a feeling that some LGBT people might be discriminated against, not that they were discriminated against. If they had been, the discrimination laws would have kicked in, but this new law goes a step beyond and gets into the realm of the thought police, that scares the Hell out of me.
PS How come an ANTIFA demonstrator can name call and makes vile threats against a Trump supporter and it’s ok, we call it freedom of speech. But, if a nurse calls a transgender by the wrong pronoun, they can be jailed?