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AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Others Fund Threat to Religious Schools in California

It’s not a surprise to hear that traditional values and religious liberties are under assault in the State of California, especially given that we’ve seen critical battles for the freedom of conscience in states like North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas in the past year. However, the audacity of liberal activists working right now to obliterate protections religious institutions like churches and schools in the Golden State is appalling indeed.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has identified three examples of how the protections guaranteed by 1st Amendment are being threatened in California. Two of these examples show how new regulations could coerce organizations to fund or promote abortion. A third highlights legislation that would bar religious schools from making personnel decisions based on their beliefs:

According to ADF:

Catholic schools would not be allowed to only hire those who share their faith, Christian universities would not be allowed to maintain living arrangements for its students that are separated by biological sex, and if that’s not enough, students who are offended by their school’s policies and practices could file a lawsuit.

Just as in other states, liberal LGBT advocacy organizations have lined up in support of these legislative efforts to eliminate the ability of people of faith to run their private institutions in accordance with their beliefs. Sadly, several corporations are using the very dollars that people of faith and people of conscience spend on their goods and services to help fund this anti-freedom agenda.

2ndVote has found that the liberal, LGBT advocacy organization Equality California has helped sponsor legislation this year that The Federalist’s Holly Scheer says:

[T]hreatens religious institutions ability to require that students attend daily or weekly chapel services, keep bathrooms and dormitories distinct according to sex, require students to complete theology classes, teach religious ideas in regular coursework, hold corporate prayer at events such as graduation, and so on. In other words, it threatens every practice that makes religious institutions distinct from secular institutions.

Equality California is supported by several major corporations and organizations that enable their lobbying efforts to undermine religious liberty:

Statewide Sponsors
AT&T
Southwest Airlines
StateFarm

Event Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Comcast
Coca-Cola
Diageo
Facebook
Fox Entertainment Group
Google
Kaiser Permanente
LinkedIn
Pepsico
Microsoft
Sacramento Kings
SalesForce
Seaworld San Diego
Time Warner Cable
United Health Care Group
Verizon
Walmart

Below you will find the complete list of companies and organizations that are listed as Statewide Sponsors and Event Sponsors of Equality California.

Also, be sure to learn more about the attempts to force churches and Pro-Life pregnancy centers to violate the tenets of their faith by supporting abortion practices here and here.

Equality California (Complete List)
Allen Matkins
Alston & Bird
Apollo Education Group
AT&T
Avista
Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks Public Affairs
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck
The California Apartment Association Political Action Committee
The California Biotechnology Foundation
The California Charter Schools Association
The California Dental Association
The California Nurses Association
The California Teachers Association
CCTA
Civic Justice Association of California
Comcast
Contour Dermatology
DBHK
Dentons
Desert AIDS Project
Diageo
Evans Hotel
Facebook
Fenwick & West LLP
Fox Entertainment Group
Gibson Dunn
Gilead
Goodyear Peterson Hayward & Associates
Google
Govermental Advocates, Inc.
Grace Hellen Spearman Charitable Foundation
Greenburg Traurig LLP
Helller Capital Resources
Hotel Council of San Francisco
iHeart Media
Kaiser Permanente
La Crema
Lathan & Watkins LLP
LinkedIn
Lucas Public Affairs
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Manatt
Mercury
Microsoft
Nossaman LLP
Palm Springs LGBT Center
Pepsico
Perkins Coie
PG&E
Platinum Advisors
Prophet
Ropes & Gray
Sacramento Advocates
Sacramento Kings
SalesForce
San Diego International Airport
San Francisco Travel
Seaworld San Diego
SEIU Local 1000
Sempra Energy
Skinn Cosmetics
SolarCity
Southwest Airlines
State Farm
Sutter Health CPMC
Coca Cola Company
Thomas Advocacy Inc.
Thomas Law Group
Time Warner Cable
Trio Restaurant
United Health Care Group
Verizon
Viejas Casino & Resort
Vulcan Materials Company
Walmart
Wilson Public Affairs
Zuma Canyon Orchids
Zynger