The Obama administration today endorsed expanding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include gays and transgenders, reports the Washington Post, “plunging into the next front in the national battle over LGBT rights.”
Oh good. That’s just what we need. What could religious conservatives expect if the Civil Rights Act covered LGBTs? Andrew T. Walker explains:
The Equality Act represents the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed. Were it to pass, its sweeping effects on religious liberty, free speech, and freedom of conscience would be historic.
Aside from the enumerated protections that give rise to conflict between sexual identity and religious liberty, by elevating sexual orientation and gender identity to the level of race, the law’s effect would functionally equate those who don’t agree with it with racists and label them perpetrators of irrational bigotry. Indeed, to favor the Equality Act is to oppose and actively stigmatize the moral convictions that millions of Americans adhere to with abiding sincerity and deep religious precedent.
The bill’s stated intentions and its actual consequences are very different. While the bill purports to protect individuals from discrimination, the Equality Act would discriminate against those who do not agree with a regime of laws premised on sexually permissive understandings of human nature that deny sexual complementarity. It would thus create a new form of discrimination by socially isolating certain beliefs.
In education, it would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protected class status in all public schools. … The Equality Act would require all entities receiving federal funding not to consider sexual orientation or gender identity as a factor in their programs. Again, this sounds acceptable in theory, but it would require withdrawing any public funds from institutions that believe that marriage is the union of one man or one woman or that men and women are not interchangeable categories. Moreover, it isn’t clear whether religious colleges who receive federal funding would be required to alter their student conduct expectations to align with federal law.
To complicate matters, the bill goes out of its way to strip away any notion of religious liberty by audaciously stipulating that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) cannot be appealed to by individuals, businesses, educational institutions, or religious institutions.
Were this bill to become law, traditional Christian, Jewish, and Muslim sexual morality would immediately be treated as suspect and contrary to federal law. This breathtaking attempt to relocate historic religious belief outside the bounds of polite culture is unacceptable and would have negative consequences for millions of Americans.
The bottom line is that every church, synagogue, or mosque that upholds traditional religious teaching on homosexuality will have the same status under federal law as racist organizations. It’s that radical. And the President of the United States is for it.
Fortunately, there is no chance of it getting through the GOP-controlled Congress. But we now know where the Democratic Party leadership stands on religious liberty. They are a clear and present danger to it. As a registered Independent, I am no great fan of the GOP, so I wish it were not so. But it is. Wake up, people!