There is legislation in Congress, which may be voted on as early as this week, that should alarm you if you care at all about women, what is true, what is scientific and what pertains to free speech and religious liberty. It is the known as the Equality Act. But the bill is not aimed at equality — rather, its effects will be to erode current federal law protecting religious freedom and to compel employers, schools, charities, etc., to violate their mission and identity and adopt the LGBT worldview.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has this to say of the legislation:
“The Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. The Equality Act would: punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities…[It would] force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women; risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions; force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and expand what the government considers a ‘public’ place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.”
If all this isn’t bad enough, last year the bishops gave a more detailed critique of the legislation listing some of the following issues:
“The Equality Act would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole. The Act’s definitions alone would remove women and girls from protected legal existence. … We treasure the First Amendment freedoms of speech, association, conscience, and religious exercise. The Equality Act puts these at risk by requiring uniform assent to new beliefs about human identity that are contrary to those held by many — believers of diverse faiths and non-believers alike.
“Furthermore, the Act also fails to recognize the difference between the person — who has dignity and is entitled to recognition of it — and the actions of a person, which have ethical and social ramifications. Conflating the two will introduce a plethora of further legal complications.
“In brief, the Equality Act will:
“Regulate thought, belief, and speech. We treasure the First Amendment freedoms of speech, association, conscience, and religious exercise. The Equality Act puts these at risk by requiring uniform assent to new beliefs about human identity that are contrary to those held by many — believers of diverse faiths and non-believers alike.
“Explicitly retract religious freedom. By exempting itself from the bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 — an unprecedented move — the Equality Act represents an explicit departure from one of the founding principles of the United States, the freedom of religion.
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