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State amendments proposed to protect religious freedom

Billy Graham preaching during "Christ for Greater Los Angeles" tent revival in 1949.
Billy Graham preaching during "Christ for Greater Los Angeles" tent revival in 1949.
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IRVINE, Calif. – In an effort to prevent hate crime legislation from infringing on religious speech a Christian advocacy group has recently filed two amendments to the California Constitution.

Pastor Allan Esses, founder of “Yes Jesus is Lord” and proponent of the amendments, said, “Although the Bill of Rights guarantees religious liberty, recent restrictions on the free exercise of religion have compelled the organization to submit clarifications of citizen’s First Amendment rights, similar to the need felt by some of the nation’s Founding Fathers to clarify in the Bill of Rights what they believed existed in the Constitution.

“Those of us involved with Yes Jesus Is Lord are concerned that the time is fast approaching when Californians, as well as all Americans, will be subject to some of the most unbelievable acts and restrictive laws we have seen or heard,” Esses said.

Citing Psalm 119:126, “It is time for you to act, O Lord, for they have regarded your law as void,” Esses, who has been a pastor in Moscow and Irvine, said the consequences of not acting on these amendments will include believers in Jesus suffering a further eroding and abridging of their 1st Amendment and 14th Amendment rights of freedom of religion, as guaranteed under the Constitution, “to the point where we will no longer be permitted to legally share the full council of God’s Word that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father except by Him.”

Esses said that the U.S. Founding Fathers would have been appalled that such amendments were necessary to secure rights that were so important to them. He noted that the Bible has formed the basis for much of our law, and Judeo-Christian values have guided our Republic for more than two centuries.

“Our founders welcomed people of all faiths, as well as to those who had no faith at all. Yet, they also were clear they believed in a Creator, the God of the Bible, that our rights come from Him and that the government should not prohibit the free exercise of religion,” Esses said.

“What is particularly ironic and disturbing is the growing intolerance of so many people who preach tolerance. Increasingly, Christians are expected to violate our beliefs and conform our religious convictions to accommodate those who support positions that are clearly unbiblical,” he said. “As the move to enact so-called ‘hate-crime’ laws continues, it is necessary to spell out what is included in free speech rights. Second, it is important to point out places in which the free exercise of religion can occur.”

The wording of the amendments found at includes:

1. To provide that a person using any part of the Bible’s content as authority may freely communicate any view about various actions and principles at public or private gatherings, or in other places and circumstances or in any communicative medium.

2. To enumerate specific topics understood by pastors to be included in the free exercise of their biblical duty to preach the whole counsel of the Scriptures.

3. To reaffirm that it is not a crime, hate crime or unlawful for a person to use any part of the Bible’s content as authority.

“It is time for born again, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Christians to boldly stand, in love for Jesus Christ and the Bible, before it is unlawful to do so,” Esses said.

Source: ASSIST News Service (


  • Simon 5 years ago

    What hate speech do you need to preach the Bible?

    Also, what about people who will manipulate the word to fit an agenda, but be cleared because they can claim it is teaching the gospel? Let's not forget that passages in the Bible are used by groups to preach everything from racial intolerance to war to mass suicide to snake handling. There is no one widely accepted interpretation of the Bible - therefore it is dangerous to say that referencing it should always be protected speech. We should let cultural norms dictate what is and is not acceptable.

  • Rita 5 years ago

    Alex, preach it brother! I am so sick of hearing that Christians are intolerant, we have become the group that isn't allowed to voice our opinions (based on the word of God ~ BIBLE) while all other groups can and do voice theirs. if we speak it's intolerance, well their voice's are intolerant of my beliefs! Please whether you agree or disagree with what we say, at least allow us the same opportunity as you ~ to be able to say it. Rita Viselli Orange County Single Moms Ministries Examiner

  • Don 5 years ago


    Guys like you are scary. You obviously don’t believe in freedom of speech and religious expression, both of which are foundation to the principles upon which our nation was founded.

    “Hate speech” is merely a way to censor free speech. Don’t like what I have to say? Call it hate speech and then pass a law saying such speech is illegal.

    You write, “There is no one widely accepted interpretation of the Bible.” Precisely the point. And because there are differences of interpretations, everyone should be entitled to express their views freely and openly. Yet, you believe referencing the Bible in ways not to your liking is “dangerous” and should not always be protected.

    Sounds like you would like to limit freedom depending on what is in vogue with the majority at a given time. So I guess that means that if Christians gain majority status in the world, you would be okay with Christian cultural norms being imposed on you, including what you can and cannot say?

  • John Adams 5 years ago

    I can't believe some of these post, you must be the same group that voted for obama and say you are Christians! God help us.. get your heads out of the sand people and stand up for your Nation and Christian rights before what's left is gone!!!!!!
    Gay is wrong, Sin is wrong, molestation is wrong, porn is wrong, come on folks just say it!

    The above comment is why our Christian Country has gotten so rotten and weak. Christians are not weak and neither was Jesus he spoke out against sin and the leaders of that day and even drove them out with a whip in the temple.
    If you don't like our Christian Nation then leave and don't let the door hit ya!
    I m so tired of these weak grace, grace, grace idiots that embarrass true patriot Christians. Go home! Cause you don't belong here and nether do muslims that don't assimilate and take your liberal professors with you...

  • Rose Red 4 years ago

    How sweet, Christians standing up for their right to hate. Heaven forbid Christians be prevented from spouting their ugly bigotry.
    Nobody is trying to stop Christians from discussing their superstitious non-sense. But Christians do not get to use their ignorant superstition to discriminate or cause harm to others. The time for that has passed.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    This is an infrigment of first admendment rights of freedom of speech to stop those that would say anything negitive about religion.

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