Some of the folks behind God’s Not Dead 2 see similarities between their fictional film and a real-life bill winding its way through the California legislature, and they are pleading with Gov. Jerry Brown to not allow it to become law.
Senate Bill 1146 “prohibits a person from being subjected to discrimination” at California colleges, according to state senators Ricardo Lara and Mark Leno. It does this by narrowly defining a religious school as one that trains pastors and theology teachers, so Christian schools across the state might no longer be allowed to hire Christian-only staff, teach religious ideas in regular classes, require attendance at chapel services or keep bathrooms and dormitories restricted to either males or females.
The bill has been a hot topic for months in some Christian and gay-rights circles, and now Pat Boone and Mike Huckabee, who are both in God’s Not Dead 2, along with the movie’s executive producer, Troy Duhon, have injected themselves into the debate via a letter sent to the governor.
“Whether the issues are brought up by our movie or this bill, in all cases as Americans we want maximum freedom for individuals and we stand for those freedoms,” the three wrote in their letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Parents of students who attend public schools are right to have an expectation that their children will not be subjected to unwanted and excessive proselytizing,” they wrote, adding that teachers also ought not have to “give up their First Amendment rights at the classroom door” and that “transgendered people have a right to live freely.”
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Bond