California’s ‘anti-discrimination’ bill would discriminate against Catholics
Matt Archbold / April 4, 2017
California bishops are standing in opposition to a so-called “anti-discrimination” bill that would prohibit organizations including Catholic schools from firing workers for having an abortion, in vitro fertilization, or giving birth to a child out of wedlock. The bishops say it would violate the First Amendment freedom to exercise religion and prevent Catholic schools from requiring employees to act in accordance with the tenets of the faith.
David French of National Review calls the bill “flatly unconstitutional” but says that California’s Ninth Circuit Court is not necessarily tethered to the Constitution in its decisions. He, therefore, stressed the importance of defeating the bill before it’s passed. “It’s always better to defeat bills in committee rather than test them in court,” he writes.