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California’s Pastors, Priests Could Become Government Informants Under New Law

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A new bill in the California legislature could require clergy of all denominations to report their confessions and sins to the federal government.

The proposed law SB360 was authored by Sen. Jerry Hill — a Democrat representing San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. It’s been put forward in response to clergy sex abuse scandals over the past several years.

Critics of the bill suggest that it will do nothing to combat such abuse while illegally sweeping away centuries of First Amendment protections — turning the church into a state-run operation.

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Moreover, it could turn the town pastor into crooks if they do not invade the private business of every, single parishioner. The congregation will become suspects, and the pastor will suspect them, rather than shepherd them.

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For the first time, a state will classify members of the clergy as accomplices in the lexicon of criminal prosecution if they do not immediately report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Critics include the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI-CPP), led by Brad Dacus, who said in a release:

This legislation is not just misguided, it is blatantly unconstitutional. Imagine the outcry if the Legislature tried to do away with attorney-client privilege. The clergy-penitent privilege stands on the same footing and is an essential component of restorative justice.

In a detailed opposition letter submitted to the Legislature, PJI-CPP attorney Kevin Snider explained the inviolate nature of “penitent communications” in many religious traditions.

Snider suggests that parental requests for counseling could even be misconstrued if they fail to “provide “warmth,” “attention,” or “normal living experiences” for their children or teens:

Tragically, the children most at risk of experiencing sexual abuse are those already under California’s supervision as foster children. Instead of addressing its own abject failure to protect those directly under its care, the State is rolling back longstanding legal privileges in a way that could actually make the problem worse.

The Roman Catholic Church can expect to be excommunicated if they reveal confessions as would be required by the bill.

A petition drive can be found at PJI.org, which urges church leaders and their parishioners to speak up now before California totally removes their religious freedom.

SB 360 was approved earlier this month by the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-0 vote. It is scheduled to be heard next by the Senate Appropriations Committee April 22.

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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board

Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican

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Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.

Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.

According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.

62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.

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Several key findings stood out:

Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”

As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results

On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).

The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:

Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:

Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.

Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.

For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:

“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”

Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:

Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.

In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.

All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.

Graphics from the study can be referenced below:

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