Nebraska state Sen. Megan Hunt (D) has put forward a proposal to bar young people from attending church events, like youth groups, and punish those who bring youth to such events.
The left-wing state lawmaker advanced the amendment to "make a point about" a bill that would bar young people from attending drag shows and penalize adults who permit youth to attend drag performances.
"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," Hunt tweeted. "People are making a lot of the fact that I’m just trying to bring some levity to my work. Wow," she wrote in another tweet.
The drag-related bill that Hunt is criticizing would punish people and businesses for allowing young people to attend drag shows.
"No individual under nineteen years of age shall be present at a drag show. Any person nineteen years of age or older who knowingly brings an individual under nineteen years of age to a drag show shall be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor," the bill states in part. "No individual under twenty-one years of age shall be present at a drag show if alcoholic liquor is being served at such location."
The proposal also stipulates that businesses, establishments, or nonprofits that host a drag event but fail to abide by the age-limit rules will be slapped with a $10,000 fine per violation — the measure indicates that if the owner or officer of an entity knowingly permits someone below the age limit to attend a drag show, that person would "be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor."
Hunt's amendment calls for blocking youth from "religious indoctrination camp," which the proposal defines as "a 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."
"The Legislature finds that there 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," a portion of Hunt's amendment reads.
"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."
Hunt has previously asserted that gun ownership is not a "God-given right."
"Owning a gun isn’t a 'God-given right.' It’s a slave-owning, misogynistic founding father-given right. I’m not against 2a, but be real - the Constitution was written by people!" Hunt tweeted last year.
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