California Filed Constitutional Amendment

 

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Initiative  Constitutional Amendment: THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION
This amendment would amend Section 4 of Article I of the California State Constitution. Language proposed to be added is underlined. Existing language proposed to be deleted has a strikethrough line through it. That Section 4 of the California Constitution is amended to read:

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I   DECLARATION OF RIGHTS

THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION
 Sec. 4. (a) Free exercise and enjoyment of religion without discrimination or preference are guaranteed. This liberty of conscience does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. The Legislature shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.   A person is not incompetent to be a witness or juror because of his or her opinions on religious beliefs.

(b) We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to perpetuate His blessings, do submit that it is not discrimination, a crime, hate crime or unlawful for a person to use any part of the Bible’s content as authority; and do submit that a person, church, religious organization, company or  an organization of any kind using any part of the Bible’s content as authority may freely speak, pray, write, discuss, publish, preach, teach, hear, share his or her faith, to proclaim Jesus Christ is Lordto the glory of God the Father, engage in street witnessing, distribute written material or otherwise communicate any views on salvation, heaven, or abortion, adultery, alcoholism, anti-Semitism, astrology, bestiality, bigamy, bisexuality, blasphemy, civil unions, coarse jesting, cohabitation, coveting, cross-dressing, cults, drugs, drunkenness, extortion, euthanasia, evil, evolution, fornication, gay marriage, gender identity, hell, heresy, homosexuality, idolaters, idolatry, incest, lying, marriage, murder, necromancy, other religions, pornography, psychics, rape, reviling, sex, sexual immorality, sexual orientation, sodomy, sorcery, stealing, transgender, trans-sexuality, witchcraft, yoga, or sin at any public or private gatherings, school, church, or other place of worship, Bible Study group or sidewalk or in any communicative medium, the internet, satellite, television, film, theater, radio, videos, recording, newspapers, magazines, music, and periodicals or by means of a computer, electronic devise, telephone, cell phone or fax machine.

c) No person, church, religious organization, company, or organization of any kind shall be compelled in the free exercise of their religion to speak or to perform any action that would violate their liberty of conscience based on the Bible’s content as authority.  This free exercise of religion and this liberty of conscience, based on the Bible's content as authority, shall not be deemed discrimination, a crime, hate crime, unlawful or have any civil, administrative or academic liability of any kind whatsoever.

d) No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any public office, public trust, public employment or enrollment in a public elementary or public secondary school, public college or public university.
  

e) These provisions shall not be construed to authorize actions prohibited by Section 302, Section 602.11 and Section 11412 of the Penal Code.

f) This article shall be self-executing.

g) Severability.
  The provisions of this amendment are severable. 
If the provisions of this amendment, or any part thereof, is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions shall not be affected and would remain in full force and effect and to this end they are severable.