For the first time in American history, legislation has been introduced that would make it a crime to invite a child to a Bible study or church youth group.
Far-Left Nebraska State Sen. Megan Hunt (D) put forth the radical amendment Friday as a reaction to Republicans wanting to protect children from all-ages drag shows.
Hunt’s amendment would ban minors from attending “religious indoctrination camp,” defined as “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.”
It would also ban anyone under 21 years old from Communion that contains wine.
“No individual under nineteen years of age shall be present at a religious indoctrination camp. Any person nineteen years of age or older who knowingly brings an individual under nineteen years of age to a religious indoctrination camp shall be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor,” Hunt’s amendment states. “No individual under twenty-one years of age shall be present at a religious indoctrination camp if alcoholic liquor is being served at such location, regardless if such alcoholic liquor is being served as part of a religious ceremony.”
The justification for the ban, according to Hunt’s legislation, is “a well-documented history of indoctrination and sexual abuse perpetrated by religious leaders and clergy people upon children. 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 such abuse.”
Hunt said she did it just to “make a point” in opposition to a Republican-backed bill that would bar young children from attending adult-themed drag shows and penalize adults who take them, but national radio host Todd Starnes isn’t buying it.
This is an amendment that I will use to make a point about the underlying bill, LB371, which bans all-ages drag shows. It won’t pass, I would withdraw it if it had the votes to pass. It’s a device to make a point. We need not clench nor worry. https://t.co/aUgwBtN1QG— Senator Megan Hunt (@NebraskaMegan) January 28, 2023
“What if the Democrats had a majority in Nebraska?” Starnes asked. “What kind of a person goes out there and says, ‘I’m going to make a point here. We’re going to ban Christianity.'”
“I think we ought to take Senator Hunt at her word, and I wonder if we’re going to start seeing these kinds of moves in other state houses throughout the nation.”