A Democratic lawmaker in Nebraska is being accused of “anti-religious bigotry” by Republicans after she proposed to ban kids from attending church youth teams or trip Bible faculties.
State Sen. Megan Hunt says her modification, which might ban kids underneath 19 years of age from attending a “religious indoctrination camp,” is meant to kill the underlying invoice, LB 371, a measure put ahead by Republicans to ban minors from attending drag performances. The textual content of the modification asserts there’s a “well-documented history of indoctrination and sexual abuse perpetrated by religious leaders and clergy people upon children.”
It’s a tongue-in-cheek response to Republicans who’ve stated kids shouldn’t be uncovered to specific sexual content material at drag exhibits.
“This is an amendment that I will use to make a point,” Hunt advised Fox Information Digital. “This amendment obviously won’t pass, and I would withdraw it if it had the votes to pass. It’s a device to make a point, so there is no need to worry.”
However GOP lawmakers accused Hunt of, at greatest, not taking her job critically and, at worst, displaying condemnable intolerance.
“The bigotry she’s shown in thinking this amendment (and – perhaps – her job?) is a joke is alarming,” Republican state Sen. Julie Slama advised Fox Information Digital.
“I second Sen. Slama’s remarks,” stated state Sen. Dave Murman, who launched LB 371. “That amendment is a great example of the far left’s repeated attempt to demonize Christian patriots across Nebraska.”
Hunt’s modification states that “abusers within churches and other religious institutions often use events like church or youth-group-sponsored camps and retreats to earn children’s trust and gain unsupervised access to such children in order to commit [sexual] abuse.”
It defines a “religious indoctrination camp” as “a camp, vacation Bible study, retreat, lock-in, or convention held by a church, youth group, or religious organization for the purpose of indoctrinating children with a specific set of religious beliefs.”
The textual content mimics the underlying invoice, LB 371, which Slama stated “keeps kids from attending hyper-sexualized events.”
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LB 371 would prohibit anybody underneath 19 from attending a drag present and would forestall these underneath 21 from attending if alcohol is served. The invoice defines a drag present as when a performer exhibiting “a gender identity that is different than the performer’s gender assigned at birth” engages in singing, lip-syncing, dancing or in any other case performs earlier than an viewers for leisure. It could make it a misdemeanor to knowingly convey a minor to a drag efficiency.
Enterprise or nonprofit homeowners who host drag exhibits may face a misdemeanor cost if minors are current and might be fined $10,000 for every violation.
“The goal of LB 371 is to allow our kids to be kids, not collateral damage of the woke agenda,” Slama stated.
Hunt’s modification strikes references to pull performances and replaces them with “religious indoctrination camp,” imposing the identical penalties on people and companies that allow kids to go to youth spiritual actions.
Hunt says she’s launched comparable controversial amendments that are not meant to go however quite are supposed as an example her opposition to “harmful and discriminatory bills like LB 371.”
As an illustration, to oppose a invoice that required DNA assortment of everybody accused of a criminal offense, Hunt filed an modification that required DNA assortment from anybody who submits an software for a hid carry allow.
“They aren’t meant to pass,” Hunt insisted. “They are meant to help kill harmful and discriminatory bills like LB371 which, if we are forced to debate in the full legislature, will truly be a waste of time for Nebraskans and for lawmakers. Part of my job here is to work to pass or block bills that I support or oppose. This is just what happens in the course of that work.”
LB 371 is co-sponsored by 9 Republican lawmakers and has been scheduled for a committee listening to.
Along with her modification, Hunt filed a movement to indefinitely postpone the invoice from consideration.
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The ACLU of Nebraska has stated the invoice is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment proper to free speech.
“Let’s call this what it is – an unconstitutional censorship attempt rooted in a coordinated national effort to push LGBTQ+ people out of public life,” stated Jane Seu, ACLU of Nebraska authorized and coverage counsel, in an announcement issued after the invoice was launched earlier this month.
“Drag is a visual expression and creative celebration of LGBTQ+ culture. It has been a part of the creative community for centuries and this bill would have far-reaching implications on the historical tradition of artistic freedom. All-ages shows are protected the same as any other artistic performance,” Seu added.
Republicans dispute this declare and say LB 371 mirrors language that retains minors away from strip golf equipment. GOP lawmakers in other states like Arkansas have superior comparable payments with comparable arguments.
“We set laws regarding when kids can drink, attend a club, vote, join the military, drive, or consent to a surgical procedure,” Murman advised Fox Information Digital. “I think a sexualized performance like a drag show is definitely something Nebraska should prevent child attendance at.”