Jerry Brown. Credits: Bob Tilden/flickr,

Claim claims that California Governor, Jerry Brown is going to ban sale of Bibles in the state.



Origin published a story titled, “California Gov. Jerry Brown to Ban Sales of the Bible,” which claims that the state assembly is going to pass Assembly Bill 2943. The bill allegedly bans Bible sales for promoting hate speech against the LGBTQ community.

Assembly Bill 2943 in the California State Assembly has caused a stir on social media. The bill allegedly aims to eliminate hate speech against the LGBTQ community. claims that if the bill becomes law, it will ban sales of the Bible and biblical-based teaching. It sparked outrage on social media, particularly against Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. But is California really banning the Bible?

Such a bill clearly sounds unreal and is not true.

Is California Banning the Bible? claimed that the California State Assembly will pass A.B. 2943 that will ban Bible sales in the state. The claim further gained traction when Travis Allen, a member of the State Assembly and Republican candidate for California governor, discussed it.

Allen’s interview soon became viral, and A.B. 2943 became a major topic of discussion on social media. Many were in disbelief and wanted to know if this news was true.

Many Christians have poured out their outrage, particularly against Gov. Jerry Brown. He only has a few months in office and had an eventful weekend following President Trump’s orders.

Google Trends has even recorded a massive spike in search volume related to Jerry Brown since he deployed the National Guard last week. The California State Assembly approved A.B. 2943 last week, too, causing an increase in searches related to Brown’s apparent support to this bill.

Jerry Brown to Ban Sales of Bible

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But is Jerry Brown going to ban Bible sales in California?

In truth, Assembly Bill 2943 would not ban Bible sales at all. has separated fact from fiction to explain and the reality of A.B. 2943.

What Is A.B. 2943?

An America News interviewer named Liz Wheeler asked Travis Allen if the bill in contention banned Bible sales, and this is what he had to say:

“Well, literally, according to how this law is written, yes, it would. This is, you know, PC culture, politically correct culture, gone horribly awry. This is really directly hitting at our First Amendment rights as American citizens. Now the Democrat legislators in this building, right behind me, the California state legislature, they want to tell you how to think, what sort of books that you can read, write and purchase.”

However, A.B. 2943 “literally” doesn’t mention the Bible at all. In fact, it has no mention of Christianity or any religion, and is not aimed at any community whatsoever.

It was not even written by Jerry Brown. So, it’s inaccurate to say that he put forth this bill.

The bill was authored in the state assembly by Evan Low, an openly gay lawmaker and member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. It aims to prohibit “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) or “gay conversion therapy” on minors. Furthermore, it extends from a 2012 law that banned mental health professionals from providing gay conversion therapy for anyone below the age of 18.

Per A.B. 2943, “lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

The bill prohibits gay conversion therapy as commercial service. It bans advertisement and sale of such services. However, it doesn’t outlaw all SOCE measures. Consenting adults can seek SOCE if they want to.