Water of Life Statement on CA Bills Regarding Sexuality & Gender

Second AB2943 Hearing Scheduled 
April 5, 2018

First, I want to thank those of you who have gotten involved and contacted our local leaders. I too have been in touch with Sen. Mike Morrell and Assemblyman Mark Steinorth who both oppose this bill. As most of you know, we do not get involved in politics at Water of Life but we do get involved when we lose our rights to minister to our young adults who are struggling with sexual identity. This bill is a direct threat to our ability to counsel and care for them. Please take the time to call the members of the Judiciary Committee listed below.

Best,
Pastor Dan

Take Action 

The next hearing will be on Tuesday, April 10th in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Letters of opposition against AB 2943, should emailed or faxed to the address below and addressed to the Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, written on organization letterhead (if applicable) and signed. These letters need to be faxed or emailed ASAP to:
Chair, Assembly Member Mark Stone
Assembly Judiciary Committee
1020 N Street, Room 104
Sacramento, CA 95814

Email scanned letters to renee.sanchez@asm.ca.gov or faxed to 916.319.2188.

Call members of the Judiciary Committee today!
Tell them you oppose AB 2943 because: 

  • AB 2943 prevents adults from setting their own therapy goals.
  • AB 2943 violates the First Amendment by banning books and church events to help people live according to their faith.
  • AB 2943 uses threats of lawsuits and punitive damages under the consumer protection act to punish people for speaking about views the government doesn’t like.

Judiciary Committee Contact Information:

  • Mark Stone (Chair) Dem - 29 (916) 319-2029
  • Jordan Cunningham (Vice Chair) Rep - 35 (916) 319-2035
  • Ed Chau, Dem - 49 (916) 319-2049
  • David Chiu, Dem - 17 (916) 319-2017
  • Cristina Garcia Dem - 58 (916) 319-2058
  • Chris R. Holden, Dem - 41 (916) 319-2041
  • Ash Kalra, Dem - 27 (916) 319-2027
  • Kevin Kiley, Rep - 06 (916) 319-2006
  • Brian Maienschein, Rep - 77 (916) 319-2077
  • Eloise Gómez, Reyes Dem - 47 (916) 319-2047

AB2943 Hearing Scheduled Tomorrow 
April 2, 2018

Tomorrow, April 3rd at 1:30pm AB2943 is being pushed through on a rush Committee Hearing.

In addition to contacting the members of the committee for AB 2943 to politely express your opposition, we are asking for you to stand together with us in prayer.

This bill is a direct attempt to remove our ability to minister to people according to Biblical principles. Rarely have we been outspoken in the political arena but there comes a time when we must take a stand just as Daniel did when confronted by King Nebuchadnezzar.

For a schedule of the Assembly’s broadcasted hearings, click here
For a schedule of the Assembly’s daily hearings, click here

Take Action

AB 2943 has been assigned to the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. Please call the legislative members of this committee found here, and politely express your opposition to AB 2943. Tell them that everyone should have the right to live and to love according to their religious faith.

Also, call the offices of legislators sponsoring this bill, all of which are part of California’s LGBT Caucus, and give them the same message. Freedom and tolerance should be a two way street.

Assembly Member Evan Low – 28th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2028

Senator Ricardo Lara – 33rd Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4033

Senator Toni G. Atkins – 39th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4039

Senator Scott Wiener – 11th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4011

Senator Cathleen Galgiani – 5th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4005

Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes – 60th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2060

Assembly Member Susan Eggman – 13th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2013

Assembly Member Todd Gloria – 78th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2078

About AB 2943 Regarding Unlawful Business Practices

Proposed bill to prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, will be prohibited.

Date: Lodge feedback by Monday, March 26, 2018
Contact: Assembly Member Ed Chau
Email (most effective): ronak.daylami@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-3222.
Phone: (916) 319-2049 Also contact the Republican Consultant at jared.yoshiki@asm.ca.gov
See the Bill

 

March 29, 2018
Courage In a Compromising Culture

I have spent a great deal of time this week coming to grips with how dark things are quickly becoming in our State. I have spoken to two different State Assemblymen and they assure me we are not overreacting. These bills are a direct attempt to remove our ability to minister to people according to Biblical principles. Rarely have we been outspoken in the political arena but there comes a time when we must take a stand just as Daniel did when confronted by King Nebuchadnezzar. AB 2943 threatens our freedom to minister to those struggling with unwanted same-sex desires or gender confusion. We have listed the names and numbers of the leaders who are heading up the committee overseeing this bill. We encourage you to contact those listed below to voice your opposition.

With Care,
Pastor Dan Carroll

Take Action

AB 2943 has been assigned to the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection. Please call the legislative members of this committee found here, and politely express your opposition to AB 2943. Tell them that everyone should have the right to live and to love according to their religious faith. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm on April 3. 

Also, call the offices of legislators sponsoring this bill, all of which are part of California’s LGBT Caucus, and give them the same message. Freedom and tolerance should be a two way street.

Assembly Member Evan Low – 28th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2028

Senator Ricardo Lara – 33rd Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4033

Senator Toni G. Atkins – 39th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4039

Senator Scott Wiener – 11th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4011

Senator Cathleen Galgiani – 5th Senate District: Capitol # (916) 651-4005

Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes – 60th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2060

Assembly Member Susan Eggman – 13th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2013

Assembly Member Todd Gloria – 78th Assembly District: Capitol # (916) 319-2078

 

March 26, 2018

We want to bring attention to some alarming upcoming legislation in the State of California. We have been made aware of three upcoming bills concerning same sex attraction and gender identity in children and non-minor dependents. We are releasing this statement in an attempt to educate our Water of Life family. These bills are troubling to us. In following our recent teachings on the book Daniel, we have two goals, one is to love well, the other to stand firm on our convictions in a compromising culture. As a result, we have taken this uncommon step of broadcasting our concern and encouraging our community to research the bills and contact your assembly members regarding these bills.

If these bills are passed, it will be illegal for anyone to sell resources offering treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. This includes conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource. Also, children in foster care who have expressed gender identity issues will be prohibited from receiving counseling or medical services that encourage the child to embrace their biological gender. Those asking for resources to assist with addressing unwanted sexual attractions or gender identities will be prohibited from accessing mental health providers, even if they themselves desire such resources.

Below, you will see information on the three Bills AB 1779, AB 2943, and AB 2119. We encourage you to research these bills and act according to the Holy Spirits prompting of you.

 

How to Get Involved

If you live in the State of California and would like to engage with this issue, please join us by doing the following:

1. Contact the California Assembly Members listed below and lodge your respectful and polite opinion regarding these bills. Please note that the deadline to voice your opinion on public record is TODAY, Monday, March 26 so we encourage you to act in a timely manner. You can send an email, a physical letter, a scanned letter, or leave a voicemail. Emails, letters and scanned letters are more effective than voicemail.

March 26 is the deadline for getting on public record, but you can still voice opposition right up until April 3rd.

If you are sending an email or letter, a simple and effective statement is: “​My name is [FULL NAME], my address is [FULL ADDRESS]. I’m contacting you to voice my strong opposition against the proposed Assembly Bill [1779, 2943, or 2119].”

For Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Colton please contact Eloise Gomez-Reyes, assemblymember.Reyes@assembly.ca.gov

For Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, please contact Marc Steinorth, www.assembly.ca.gov/Steinorth or heather.rouhanna@asm.ca.gov

To find out your local representative use this website – findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

2. Share this information with friends or family in California. We will also have information provided on our Water of Life Facebook page. Feel free to share this information on your social media sites.

Thank you very much for considering this request. Please forward this to friends and relatives who may want to be aware and lend their voice. We are grateful to live in this beautiful state where our opinion matters. We have a hope-filled anticipation for California and our prayers are that the Lord would continue to shine His favor on this land.

 

AB 1779 Regarding Sexual Orientation

Proposed bill to ban mental health providers from assisting in sexual orientation change efforts for adults under a conservatorship or guardianship who express same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. The bill amends legislation that already prohibits mental health providers from any kind of effort to treat same sex attraction or gender dysphoria in children under the age of 18. (We oppose the bill and the existing legislation.)

Date: Lodge feedback by Monday, March 26, 2018
Contact: Assembly Member Evan Low
Email (most effective): robert.sumner@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-3306
Phone: (916) 319-2028
Also contact danielle.sires@asm.ca.gov

See the Bill
See Existing Legislation

AB 2943 Regarding Unlawful Business Practices

Proposed bill to prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, will be prohibited.

Date: Lodge feedback by Monday, March 26, 2018
Contact: Assembly Member Ed Chau
Email (most effective): ronak.daylami@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-3222.
Phone: (916) 319-2049
Also contact the Republican Consultant at jared.yoshiki@asm.ca.gov

See the Bill

AB 2119 Regarding Foster Care

Proposed bill mandating any child in foster care expressing gender identity issues must only be provided counseling and medical services that affirm the gender identity that the child believes they have. Any professionally guided exploration questioning that belief, or encouraging the child to embrace their biological gender will be prohibited.

Date: Lodge feedback by Monday, April 2, 2018
Contact: Assembly Member Blanca E Rubio
Email (most effective): irene.frausto@asm.ca.gov or fax to (916) 319-2189
Phone: (916) 319-2048

See the Bill

 

About Water of Life Community Church

For those unfamiliar with Water of Life Community Church located in Fontana, CA, we are a large local church that has grown in the last 27 years. Nearly 15,000 people call Water of Life their church home. Our statement of faith is consistent with Charismatic/Evangelical churches.

We appreciate and value all that God is doing through His church. In addition to sharing the good news of Christ’s love, we believe all Christians can partner with God to do the same type of miracles today as Jesus did in the New Testament. We often use the term “supernatural” to describe God’s active involvement in our lives. We believe God can heal supernaturally. Additionally, we value and access medical professionals, who have dedicated themselves to helping others and alleviating suffering.

You can find more information on our statement of faith and core values on our website: our beliefs, our core values, and wateroflifecc.org