California Democratic leaders want nothing to do with states that enforce what they see as anti-LGBT policies.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra has added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to a list of states California state employees are forbidden from traveling to on official government business.
Those four states join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee on California’s travel ban list. The list was started by former Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator from California.
All eight states have passed legislation that Harris and Becerra consider discriminatory against the LGBT community.
“The state of California is not going to participate in discriminatory conduct by other states,” Becerra declared in adding the four new states to the ban.
Texas was put on the list because of a new law, passed on June 15, that lets child welfare organizations, including faith-based adoption agencies, refuse services and adoptions to families based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Becerra’s office claims this would allow these organizations to deny adoptions to LGBT parents. Alabama and South Dakota have enacted similar laws, while Becerra’s office claims a new Kentucky law could allow LGBT discrimination in schools.
When asked about the consequences of refusing to do business with all those states – especially Texas, which has the second-largest economy in the United States – Becerra admitted Texas is a big state, but “the consequences are real” for LGBT people in that state and elsewhere.
In fact, Becerra would not rule out adding more states to the list. He said Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature would have to consider the possibility of levying additional sanctions against states whose policies California doesn’t endorse.
Award-winning journalist and columnist David Kupelian, author of “The Snapping of the American Mind,” termed Becerra a “radical leftist” with a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He pointed out Becerra, while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, voted against a bill that would have penalized anyone knowingly attempting to perform a sex-selective abortion.
“That’s really extreme – more fit for communist China than America,” Kupelian remarked.
Kupelian, who serves as WND’s vice president and managing editor, said the attorney general is driving a huge wedge between his state and the rest of America.
“Maybe Becerra is trying to implement his own version of California’s secession movement,” Kupelian hypothesized. “At this rate, before long California will be isolated from the rest of the country.”
Dr. Gina Loudon, a WND columnist, cable TV host and frequent media commentator on political, social and psychological issues, lives in California and says her state is Exhibit A of why the Democratic Party is failing.
“Not only is every Democrat-run city in the country a bastion of crime, violence, and gang activity, but they are all in financial ruins because giving away other people’s money only works until you run out of a taxpaying base, as they have all done,” Loudon told WND.
“California is a big, fat, leftist experiment that is the biggest failure of all. People are leaving en masse and moving to states like Texas and Florida that have constitutional gun ownership laws, smart fiscal policy that helps business to thrive, less regulation, and certainly no ridiculous policies like travel bans for their own citizens based on religious (anti-Christian) bigotry.”
The travel ban will affect the University of California and other state schools, but the attorney general’s office has not clarified whether it will apply to sports teams who are scheduled to play away games in the affected states. A Becerra representative said the office was reviewing the matter, according to SF Gate.
If the ban does end up preventing college athletes from playing certain games, Kupelian said it would be just the latest unwelcome leftist incursion into the sports world.
“People like Xavier Becerra, by encumbering sports with leftwing-crazy politics, are really hurting sports in America, just as ESPN is currently hemorrhaging conservative viewers by injecting politically correct leftwing politics into what is a quintessentially fun, non-political activity,” he said. “People watch sports as a respite from political insanity – not to be dragged into it.”
While Becerra and Harris have implemented a travel ban in their own state, they have both publicly opposed President Trump’s so-called “travel ban” on individuals from six terror-prone countries.
Becerra filed amicus briefs joining other states in challenging the original version of Trump’s order, calling the ban “unconstitutional and un-American.” He also joined a lawsuit against the revised version of Trump’s travel ban in March.
“The Trump administration may have changed the text of the now-discredited Muslim travel ban, but they didn’t change its unconstitutional intent and effect,” Becerra said in a statement, according to The Mercury News. “It is still an attack on people – women and children, professors and business colleagues, seniors and civic leaders – based on their religion and national origin.”
The Supreme Court on Monday actually decided to let most of that travel ban take effect.
The AP called the action a “victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.”
But the court was unable to simply accept that the president has the right to limit newcomers, and the law provides, and said he would have to let in those with “with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”
The justices will hear further arguments in the fall.
Harris, in her current role as senator, likewise opposed Trump’s travel ban on religious grounds. After the president issued his original executive order, Harris stated, “Make no mistake – this is a Muslim ban.”
She then filed a bill that would have guaranteed access to legal counsel for people detained trying to enter the country.
When Trump revised his executive order, Harris again condemned it in a statement while referring to Trump’s original order as his “unlawful Muslim ban.”
Kupelian sees irony here.
“The hypocrisy of California’s attorney general and his predecessor is hard to miss: They both attacked President Trump’s travel ban for supposedly discriminating against Muslims – you know, the group associated with almost all of the world’s terrorism today,” he said. “And yet, they impose their own travel ban essentially targeting Christians, in the sense that the affected states have all passed legislation in accord with traditional biblical values.”
Loudon, who coauthored the book “What Women Really Want,” also smells hypocrisy in the Golden State.
“If California is Exhibit A of failed policy, Becerra and Harris (and Nancy Pelosi) are Exhibit A of failed politicians,” she declared. “They criticize Trump’s temporary travel ban that was based on Obama’s own terror hotspot list, and instead ban state-sponsored travel to other states in America based upon their own religious intolerance.”
While California leaders are irked by what they see as anti-LGBT laws in other states, they appear to have no problem with illegal immigrants roaming free in their own state.
California, which is already home to numerous sanctuary cities, is currently considering whether to become a sanctuary state by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from carrying out federal immigration laws.
Becerra signaled his support for sanctuary state status, vowing to fight any effort by the Trump administration to withhold funding from the Golden State if it becomes a sanctuary. Harris has also fought against federal efforts to curb California’s sanctuary practices in the past.
Kupelian said sanctuary policies go hand-in-hand with a ban on travel to certain conservative states. It’s a phenomenon he discussed in his book “The Snapping of the American Mind.”
“Unfortunately, whenever you champion something evil or corrupt as though it were good, you are compelled to also portray goodness and righteousness as evil,” Kupelian told WND. “They go together. So California, which is rapidly being destroyed by a radical left-wing ruling class, welcomes as many illegal aliens as possible. It’s part of their progressive strategy to replace America’s existing population with another population that is more dependent on big government and the Democratic Party. At the same time, states that uphold traditional, moral, common-sense American principles – well, they must be punished.”
Loudon, for her part, believes the Democratic Party has completely alienated its former base – ordinary working-class Americans, the “Joe Six Packs” of the world. She senses that Joe Six Pack now plants his flag firmly in the Trump camp.
“Every time arrogant politicians in California or New York do stupid things like this most recent travel ban, it validates Joe’s vote for Trump,” Loudon said. “Joe knows Trump has his shortcomings because he is human, but Joe sees the work he has already done in creating jobs, opening pipelines, reducing unemployment, increasing consumer confidence, and even making America feel safe again. Joe is becoming an activist. He’ll be around in 2018. And I bet you can guess how he will vote.
“Meanwhile, conservatives around the country are watching and cheering every time the alt left does another stupid thing that ensures that finally Americans are on to the fact that the Democrat politicians don’t care if America is a cemetery, as long as they are the undertakers. Republicans will use this ridiculous travel ban like a campaign poster in 2018. The GOP should send a thank you note to the mindless power mongers like Harris and Becerra!”