A new bill being put forward in the state of California will require that departments investigate officers to see if they have any association with hate groups or have publically displayed hate.
California Assembly Bill 655 will require that all police departments investigate whether or not potential police officers have “engaged in membership in a hate group, participation in hate group activities, or public expressions of hate.” This has raised concerns as powerful groups such as the SPLC and activists have labeled Christians as hateful in the past and this may influence what is considered a ‘hate group’.
From PJ Media:
When Americans think of a “hate group,” many minds would conjure up a domestic terrorist group motivated by racial animus like the Ku Klux Klan. Yet some transgender activists and organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) use the term “hate group” as an epithet to demonize their political and ideological opposition. The SPLC has become notorious for branding mainstream conservative and Christian groups as “hate groups” because they advocate against same-sex marriage or transgender activism.
Assembly Member Ash Kalra, the author of A.B. 655, told PJ Media that he does not intend his bill to “curtail freedom of religious views or political affiliations — conservative or otherwise.” He acknowledged that the bill’s “definitions are a work in progress.” If so, he should seriously reconsider the definition of “hate group.”
A.B. 655 defines a “hate group” as “an organization that, based upon its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities, supports, advocates for, or practices the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.”
Many are concerned over the broad definition of a “hate group” and the way these terms are used by the media and activists to paint a narrative. If you hold the opinion that biological men do not belong in women’s sports, many would consider you to be hateful, in fact by the standards in California law if your organization held this opinion you would be a member of a hate group.