Major GOP donor Paul Singer, who has a gay son, and Democrat Jonathan Lewis of Miami are pressing Republicans to support ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Also involved is former RNC chair Ken Mehlman, who came out after he left the GOP leadership. The American Unity Fund, as the bipartisan effort is called, aims to push Republicans toward the middle, at least related to obtaining special status for homosexuals.
Singer’s group, The American Unity Fund, recently hired two former GOP lawmakers as Lobbyists – Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), to coach lawmakers and potential candidates on “politically smart” ways to talk about gay rights to reassure the voters, while not alienating core conservative and Christian Republicans.
Other liberals groups pushing for passage of special rights for homosexuals are: American Civil Liberties Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers, Americans for Workplace Opportunity, the Unity Fund, Communications Workers of America, Gill Action, the Human Rights Campaign, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Service Employees International Union.
These liberals are falsely claiming that ENDA is nothing more than an antidiscrimination measure when in fact its passage would give them another club to beat Christians with. Wedding photographers, cake makers, and bed and breakfast owners wouldn’t be the only ones punished for disagreeing with same-sex “marriage” or homosexuality – EVERY BUSINESS OWNER, regardless of their personal or moral beliefs, would be forced to make employment decisions solely on the basis of a person’s sexual preferences. What employees do in their bedrooms would suddenly become the most important consideration in their boss’s hiring, firing, or promotion decisions.
There is no provision for any exemption based on religious belief for other than actual religious organizations. So while a religious denomination could not be sued for refusing to ordain homosexual clergy, it is equally clear that charitable organizations as well as schools with a religious character would be subject to the law regardless of the beliefs of the denomination with which they are affiliated. This completely inadequate protection of religious liberty is not satisfactory to those pushing the ENDA – the ACLU is now demanding that the religious exemption be removed.
ENDA will encourage discrimination against men and women who oppose cross-dressing, sharing their bathrooms with the opposite sex, or blatant homosexuality in the work place. It is a “one-size-fits-all” solution to alleged discrimination that erases all marriage based distinctions, granting special rights to homosexuals while completely ignoring those of employers and other employees.
If you want to know how this movie ends you have no need to look further than the way laws against racial discrimination have been abused by scammers and shakedown artists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The real issue, once this law is passed, will not be non-discrimination but being able to demonstrate to a court, while a defendant in a lawsuit, that you haven’t discriminated in hiring or promotions. How does one prove a negative? By statistics. How do you get your statistics right? By discriminating against heterosexuals in hiring and promotion.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) looked like a great idea at the time. Who in their right mind could be against making “reasonable accomodations” to persons with disabilities. But since its passage we find that under ADA trucking companies can now be forced to keep alcoholic truck drivers.
Passage of ENDA could well be the “End of Religious Freedom in America.”
Contact your senators and make it clear that no one who supports free speech and religious liberty can back this proposal — at least not without significant backlash.