Hypothetical: A teenager is raised as a born-again Christian. He has doubts about his faith and would like to see a counselor to help wean him off his religious beliefs. But there’s a problem. Three openly and unapologetic born-again Christians on the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance prohibiting any counselors from discouraging teenagers from leaving their Christian faith. If said counselors violated the law, they’d face a $500 fine and be liable for legal action.
Might that be a problem? Of course. Politicians should never use their power to force their own personal beliefs on minors. That’s a decision for parents alone.
But three openly gay Assembly members, Christopher Constant, Felix Rivera and Austin Quinn-Davidson are pushing a ban prohibiting counselors from helping teenagers with unwanted same-sex desires.
The ordinance describes this type of counseling as relying on “outdated views of gender roles and identities as well as the negative stereotype that being a sexual or gender minority or identifying as LGBTQ is an abnormal aspect of human development.”
The ordinance does not carve out an exemption for clergy meaning a pastor would be prohibited from helping a teenager in their congregation wanting help from unwanted same-sex attraction.
“The use of sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts, also known as ‘conversion therapy,’ is harmful and too often youth are subjected to it and have no say in the decision for its use” the ordinance reads in part.
The ordinance backers must believe one of two things; There’s no such thing as unwanted same-sex attraction or if there is, such a person should not be allowed to get the help they desire.
“The Anchorage Press published a three-part series on persons who are homosexual and the difficulties and impression they face growing up in Alaska, “reads the ordinance.
That’s right, ordinance sponsors are admitting the far-left publication, The Anchorage Press, is influencing public policy.
Eagle River Assembly member Jamie Allard opposes the ordinance.
“I cannot fathom my child being denied medical help. This goes beyond parental religious or LBGTQ rights. This speaks to the heart of our children looking for guidance from those they trust. If our children seek help for depression, suicide, or bullying, and the topic of sexual orientation comes up, the counseling must stop immediately. Why would we turn our backs on our children who are reaching out?” said Allard.
Allard says the Assembly is set to vote on the ordinance Tuesday night. She hopes members will at the very least delay the vote and first allow input from the public.
This type of legislation is typical of the Left. It’s similar to laws allowing children to get an abortion without their parent’s knowledge. It makes you wonder how far hard-core Leftists like Rivera, Constant, and Quinn-Davidson would go in stripping away parental rights if they knew they could get away with it politically.
It’s reasonable to wonder if Rivera, Constant, and Quinn-Davidson are pushing such radical legislation as an attempt to seek validation and approval for their own lifestyles. Everyone wants to be accepted and nobody likes to be judged or looked down upon. It’s the same idea behind the “Drag Queen Story Hour” held on occasion at the Loussac Library in Anchorage.
Homosexuality and gender confusion have become more accepted in recent years. But what Rivera, Constant, and Quinn-Davidson must understand is they have no right to demand others condone their lifestyle choices. Just as Christians shouldn’t demand those in the gay community accept their beliefs.
Truth is some will never condone homosexuality or transgenderism as a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for Christians. The Bible, the foundation of the Christian faith, could not be any clearer about teaching homosexuality is sin. Just as scriptures are clear about adultery, lying, murder, envy, jealousy, and other destructive behaviors.
In a free society, Bible-believing Christians and those practicing homosexuality and transgenderism should be able to live at peace with each other. But that’s clearly not what Rivera, Constant, and Quinn-Davidson desire. As sponsors of this ordinance, they’re demanding Christians abandon their faith, values, and parental rights. It’s an obvious abuse of the power voters entrusted to them.
Dan Fagan hosts a radio show weekday mornings on Newsradio 650 KENI.