Democrat Equality Act ‘the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law’

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  1. sparrow

    sparrow Exitus ~ Reditus

    Democrat Equality Act ‘the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law’
    'This is a radical bill that uses the government to control, through coercion, how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of human sexuality'
    Wed Feb 24, 2021 - 12:16 pm EST
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    February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Following the announcement that the radical pro-abortion and pro-LGBT Equality Act will be brought before the U.S. House of Representatives this week, pro-life and pro-family leaders have described the proposed legislation as “the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law.”

    Dr. Bill Donohue, Ph.D., president of the Catholic advocacy group Catholic League, said that, contrary to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the Equality Act is “about ending discrimination,” that in fact the opposite is true, with Christians set to experience severe discrimination should the act be passed into law.

    Donohue explained that, as well as amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act “to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the definition of sex,” a thing never intended or envisioned by the authors of that legislation, the Equality Act would “undermine the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by allowing gay rights to trump religious rights.”

    Donohue said that the act’s broad scope would force healthcare providers to supply hormone therapies and even surgeries in accordance with “sex change” procedures.

    Women’s sports, too, will become unfairly altered by the inclusion of boys and men who purport to be female. “These biological males can use the locker rooms, restrooms and shower facilities that have always been reserved for females,” he added.

    But for Catholics and members of other religious groups who hold to a traditional understanding of human nature, they “could not raise religious liberty objections to any of the aforementioned rights of transgender women. In effect, religious entities would be secularized,” Donohue warned.

    As an example, Donohue explained that “if the Equality Act were to become law, Catholic foster care programs would be shut down. They would either have to agree to allow two men to adopt children—a clear violation of Church teachings—or lose federal funding.”

    Additionally, Catholic hospitals would lose any federal funding they receive under the proposed Equality Act if they refuse to perform abortions, “or be forced to get into the abortion business.”

    “This is the kind of ‘gotcha’ type element that makes this bill so pernicious,” Donohue said.

    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins described the Equality Act as “a catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America.”

    “The Equality Act is a grave and treasonous threat to our nation's core values contained in our First Amendment. The fact that no Republicans have co-sponsored it, even those who co-sponsored in the previous Congress, underscores the Democrats' lurch to the Left. This is a radical bill that uses the government to control, through coercion, how every American thinks, speaks, and acts on issues of human sexuality. It may be named the Equality Act, but as the details make quite clear, the only equal thing about it is how much damage it does to many facets of American life,” Perkins said.

    “The bill erodes parental rights and positions the government as lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, potentially dictating how their facilities are used, who they hire, and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching,” he continued.

    “No person of faith or religious institution, whether school, church, synagogue, mosque, business, or non-profit, will escape the Orwellian reach of the Equality Act,” Perkins warned.

    Mary Beth Waddell, FRC's Director of Federal Affairs for Family and Religious Liberty, commented that the bill “politicizes the medical profession and denies biological reality, harming those it claims to protect.”

    “In addition to obliterating the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls, this extreme bill would politicize the medical profession, forcing doctors who provide legitimate hormone treatments and surgical procedures to offer those treatments against their conscience. It would put the threat of litigation over every medical professional who would dare to stand up for the science that indicates the harms of these treatments and surgeries, likely causing many to stay silent. The misnamed 'Equality Act' has no place in any just, fair, and tolerant society.”

    Lila Rose, Founder & President of Live Action, described the Equality Act as “deceptively named and corrupt in its vision.”

    “There is nothing empowering or ‘equalizing’ about killing innocent preborn children nor confusing what it means to be male and female. This deceptively named piece of legislation hides within it policies that override conscience rights, require employers to cover abortions in their healthcare plans, and nullifies pro-life laws and protections on a massive scale,” Rose said.

    Experts from the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) agree. President Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., a specialist in bioethics, religious liberty, and political philosophy, said: “The so-called Equality Act is legislative malpractice that turns equality on its head.”

    “It isn’t drafted as a shield to protect vulnerable minorities from unjust discrimination, but as a sword to persecute those who do not embrace new sexual and gender ideologies.”

    Anderson cautioned as to the effect the act would have on religious agencies, like schools and adoption firms, warning that, if the act passes, they “would face federal sanction for operating according to basic biology and mainstream biblical teaching on sex and marriage.”

    Anderson’s colleague and EPPC Fellow Erika Bachiochi, J.D., a legal scholar specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, criticized the bill as an attempt to “transform the great Civil Rights Act of 1964 into a mechanism for public funding of abortion.”

    “But taxpayer funding of abortion — deeply unpopular among Americans — would only further incentivize employers to prefer abortion for their pregnant employees over far more costly accommodations for parenting,” Bachiochi said.

    Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., a scholar in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life criticized Biden in particular, whose “appeal to unity and moderation” he described as merely “a shallow political ploy.”

    “This bill targets goodwill people of faith by making historic and reasonable claims about gender and sexuality suspect and ripe for exclusion from the public square,” he said.

    The American Principles Project (APP), a national organization for pro-family advocacy in public policy, have released a scathing review of the impact of the Equality Act, recommending that Congress oppose the legislation on multiple grounds.

    Terry Schilling, APP’s executive director, expressed dismay at the continued efforts of Democratic legislators to limit religious freedom, “now trying to make these changes permanent in federal law.”

    “Of course, this has been their goal for a long time, and we know by now the very terrible consequences which will occur if the ‘Equality’ Act passes: female athletes will be forced to compete against biological males; women will be forced to share private spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms, and shelters with men; and religious charities will be coerced into violating their beliefs or else be shut down.”

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  2. Julia

    Julia Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

    Women need to wake up and realise they are no longer welcome to compete in any sport that can be usurped by weak men who cheat and steal prizes for performances they do not merit.

    The minute a female athlete finds there is a man in a frock pretending to compete fairly, she needs to walk away. Once these perverts realise there is no competition except between themselves, they will give up with any luck. Besides if there are any people watching these fake athletics, the crowd should boo the whole scenario, or not bother to show up in the first place.
     
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  3. Jo M

    Jo M Powers

    I agree Julia, women should walk away from those situations, but I fear many will succumb out of fear. I pray that this horrible bill does not pass.

    “It isn’t drafted as a shield to protect vulnerable minorities from unjust discrimination, but as a sword to persecute those who do not embrace new sexual and gender ideologies.”
     
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  4. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    I, too, pray this doesn't pass. I wish I could contact my congress people to give them a piece of my mind.
     
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  5. josephite

    josephite Powers

    From the article above....

    As an example, Donohue explained that “if the Equality Act were to become law, Catholic foster care programs would be shut down. They would either have to agree to allow two men to adopt children—a clear violation of Church teachings—or lose federal funding.”

    Additionally, Catholic hospitals would lose any federal funding they receive under the proposed Equality Act if they refuse to perform abortions, “or be forced to get into the abortion business.”

    “This is the kind of ‘gotcha’ type element that makes this bill so pernicious,” Donohue said.

    This deceptively named piece of legislation hides within it policies that override conscience rights, require employers to cover abortions in their healthcare plans, and nullifies pro-life laws and protections on a massive scale,” Rose said.

    And so the descent continues.
    Lord Have Mercy
    Oh Mary conceived without sin and who suffered for us, pray for us. Amen


     
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  6. Ananchal

    Ananchal Vigilans

    I just posted - it passed the house
     
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  7. Jo M

    Jo M Powers

    :(
     
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  8. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    :cry: How pathetic is this news. We are really in for it now. The only thing that could stop it now would be for Biden to Veto it. But I doubt that will happen. Of course, it might be challenged in court if the right people would get involved.
     
  9. PurpleFlower

    PurpleFlower Archangels

    I believe it still has to pass the Senate, where there is a far less chance of it passing than in the House, which actually passed this already in 2019 with more support than it passed with this year.
     
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  10. Sam

    Sam Powers

    It's January, one month into Biden's so called presidency. One month. They are determined to undermine and undo every step we have made under the presidency of Donald Trump.

    Pray, pray,pray. Immaculate Heart of Mary, our refuge, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen
     
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  11. Luiflower

    Luiflower Angels

    The Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act, historian Leon F. Litwack says that “Even as the Civil Rights Movement struck down legal barriers, it failed to dismantle economic barriers, inevitably shaped by the long history of discrimination - a real blind spot

    My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the presence of the blind spot, like an open gap in the foundation of a house, over many years allowed other ideas to nest-in and may have made the amendments possible. Though the blind spot is visible for all to see, especially it’s aftermath, neither the churches nor the political classes would accept to address the real matter - to do so, would require dealing with the subject of Justice.

    I watched a video on you tube, a Preacher(Protestant) stated he was invited as guest preacher to a certain event and was told he was not to preach about sin, the congregation would not like it and it may impact on tithing. Like wise many will touch on the subject of justice, it cost votes, pews might empty; it may be one of the main issues that could address a multitude of ills and help counter certain undesirable legislations.

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:14
     
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  12. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    Well, if it does pass, there could be legal challenges to it by those impacted. Like, if they try to shut down hospitals, what could happen there? Many people would have their health care at stake. I know there's one hospital here in town that almost had to close down because the religious order that ran it couldn't do it anymore. It was called St. Francis hospital. For a long time they couldn't find any buyers, and it looked like it would close down. But finally, the University of Kansas Medical Center bought it. So, the name changed a bit, although I think I'm not the only one who still calls it St. Francis.
     
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  13. josephite

    josephite Powers

    My like, is not that the bill was passed in the house, but that you posted this information.
    Thank you! hopefully it will not pass the senate!

    Lord have Mercy on your people, your church, your world, where much evil takes place, Please hear the prayers of the few who cry out for mercy!
    May the sincere prayers and penances of these few; open floodgates of graces of repentance for many, and May the the most bitter passion and suffering of Our Dear Lord and His Most Holy Mother not be in vain for this sinful world.

    For the sake of Our Lord Jesus' Most Sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
    If however Lord, the world continues in such abject evil and sin, I know dear Lord we deserve your just punishments, Your Will be Done!

    Dearest Mother Mary and Dearest Father St Joseph, I add my prayers to yours for the conversion of this evil world.
    Lord Hear us, Lord graciously hear us. Amen
     
  14. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    If it does pass the senate, and Biden signs it into law, don't expect me to keep quiet about it. If anyone on the street asks my opinion, they had better be prepared to hear it.
     
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  15. Donna259

    Donna259 Archangels

    A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.
     
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  16. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Christy,

    Biden fully endorses this bill, but there is serious doubt it will pass in the Senate. There are a couple Democratic Senators who will vote against it, Joseph Manchin being one. Actually, to pass it will require a number of closet liberals among the Republicans to cross over. We will see.

    I am praying and fasting specifically against this radical, godless bill; but, it will actually reveal to us the status of the growing Chastisement. If it were to become law, it means the floodgates of God's Chastisement is upon us now, and open warfare against Christians will be the norm. For if this blatant assault against Genesis 1-3 and natural law succeeds, what will they not be able to do? This is a totally irrational, godless bill!

    I'm just adding this in. The Republicans can filibuster this bill, making nonsense speeches, if necessary, to kill time and prevent the bill coming to a vote. Since that would require 10 closet liberals among the Republicans to override the filibuster and bring it to a vote, I now declare the bill will never become law, at least in the next two years.

    Lord have Mercy!
     
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  17. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    Mario, Since Biden endorses this bill, what's to stop it from getting passes? Except to get through the Senate. I just feel like this is going to be an easy over. Pelosi has already ruled on the use of pronouns. They aren't to use gender specific pronouns or anything like that. If that's their attitude now, just wait and see how bad it gets. Even if this doesn't pass in it's current state, that doesn't mean that they won't try to rewrite it into something worse. The LGBTQ agenda is already being rammed down our throats. Of course, there are/have been those who went too far the opposite way. There's a Church here in town, the Westboro Baptist Church, that was fairly well known when the man who founded it was alive and in charge. You may have heard of the name Fred Phelps. He was later pushed aside and then died. But when he was still in his prime, their favorite activity was picketing. My Church was on the receiving end a few times at the Easter Vigil. "Fag priests," "Fag nuns," and the like. If you didn't agree with them, then you were a fag. Only problem was, the church was made up of only his family members. He had something like 13 kids. And they all had a bunch of kids. so it was one big happy family. Then some non-family members got in, and finally pushed him aside, and changed a few things. I haven't seen them picketing since. One of his grandkids wrote a book called "Unfollow," and it was pretty good. It showed kind of how things worked on the inside, and what it was like trying to leave.

    Ok, sorry I got off subject there. This bill is way too liberal for my liking. Of course, I've known a few gay people in my time, and don't have a problem if they don't try to force their views down my throat. This is being shoved down our throats. I live in Public housing, and I keep coming up with the concern that I may be expected to get rid of my "religious" stuff. I have a few things that I just don't want to get rid of. One is a fairly large picture of Christ, a sign that says "This is a Catholic home," and a couple of statues of Mary. We get an annual "recertification" inspection. I'm just waiting for the day when I'm told it's "insulting" someone or something like that. Well, I guess I'll deal with that if it ever comes up. I've only been in public housing here for over 25 years. But I wasn't Catholic when I moved in. But I'm Catholic now, and have been known for letting my mouth get the better of me.
     
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  18. Mario

    Mario Powers

    It is strange, Christy, but prior to the election, the Democrats were campaigning to grant DC and Puerto Rico statehood. This would hypothetically give them 4 extra Democratic senators and secure Democratic control of the Senate in the "near" future. We'll have to see how quickly they make a move to bring that about. One thing about the Evil One's agenda, since he is spirit and lives outside time, there never seems to be a rush in the agenda. However, the disintegration of the Christian leaven in the dough of our world is speeding up the timetable of the PLAN. The devil, however, refuses to bend the knee to the One on the Throne. His hatred blinds him.

    Come Lord Jesus!
     
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  19. DesertStar7

    DesertStar7 To Jesus + through Mary @-}--

    :( Believe it or not, I've wondered if that'll also become an issue for people who own their homes. We do own this home, but if the right to private property should ever be abolished...
     
  20. Christy Beth

    Christy Beth Archangels

    If they try to abolish private property, I know they would probably have an upraising on their hands. Many people own guns, which I don't. Why don't I own one? For one, because I'm not allowed where I live and with my depression it wouldn't be a good idea. Anyway, even if they tried to make me get rid of my stuff, I wouldn't go quietly. I wish I could afford my own home, then I could do more with my stuff. But that is just a pipe dream, unless something else comes up. But I foresee an upraising if they ever move to take away gun ownership and private property. Of course, they are moving under the radar right now, but many people are keeping an eye on things. We'll see what happens.
     
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