The state Sen. Melissa Melendez (R-Lake-Elsinore), said that “a climate of intolerance has been established” in the state of California that threatens freedom of speech.
Melendez, assures that political affiliations or ideological or religious beliefs cannot be a cause of discrimination or violence. Motivated by the difficult situation of intolerance that Californians are experiencing, especially the conservative sectors, she presented two bills aimed at combating the “cancel culture,” according to Fox News.
The first bill she called the Diversity of Thought Act, which seeks to protect people from discrimination on political grounds when seeking housing, bank loans, or employment. The bill would make political affiliation a protected class under California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act.
The second bill aims to protect students from being bullied because of their political views. Through an amendment to the state education code, it would require schools to counter harassment on the basis of a student’s political beliefs, just as schools are required to eradicate harassment on the basis of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Should the first bill introduced become law, it would be illegal to deny someone a job or withhold housing on the basis of that person’s political affiliation. In addition, landlords would not be able to evict someone solely because of their political beliefs; banks and other lenders would not be able to deny financing to someone based on their politics.
“Cancel culture and the efforts to silence differing opinions and voices should be a growing concern for all of us,” Melendez a U.S. Navy veteran, small business owner, and mother of five children, said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Schools today are already required to have policies against discrimination and harassment based on a student’s gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation, among other protected classes. Melendez’s bill adds political affiliation to that list.
Such is political discrimination and so developed is the cancel culture in California, that when the two bills introduced by Melendez became known, a Democratic Rep. Lorena Gonzalez, responded by accusing Menendez of trying to promote “racist, pro-national-terrorism, xenophobic and misogynistic views.”
“I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but: Your racist, pro-domestic terrorism, xenophobic, misogynistic views do not warrant protection from discrimination. Your choice to hate & actively pursue hate does not make you part of a protected class,” was Gonzalez’s full message on her Twitter account on Tuesday.
I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but: Your racist, pro-domestic terrorism, xenophobic, misogynistic views do not warrant protection “from discrimination.” Your choice to hate & actively pursue hate does not make you part of a protected class.
— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) February 16, 2021
Gonzalez’s analysis couldn’t be further from reality. But that’s how the left works when it contrasts with some idea or thought that clashes with its notions or interests.
The two legislations presented by Melendez do not speak of partisanship or defend a specific ideology, on the contrary, it raises a legal protection against any act of intolerance or discrimination suffered by any person because of their political ideology, regardless of what it is.