On March 13 Pelosi fulfilled her promise to introduce the so-called Equality Act, i.e. the left’s Farewell to the 1st Amendment Act, that would wield a mighty sword to control how everyone in this country thinks, speaks and acts on issues of human sexuality.
The Equality Act, HR 5, formerly HR 2282, introduced on March 13, 2019, by David N. Cicilline, D, RI, and S 1006 introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR in 2017 with 47 cosponsors that include Democrats Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, which has yet to be reintroduced in the Senate, are the left’s attempt to destroy what is left of religious liberty and free speech.
Both bills would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government to explicitly include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. Both also amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex. And both basically eliminate protections under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1994, passed to protect religious liberty.
The Equality Act would update the public spaces, accommodations and services covered in current law to places or establishments that provide exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; goods, services, or programs, including stores, shopping centers, online retailers or service providers, salons, banks, gas stations, food banks, service or care centers, shelters, travel agencies, funeral parlors and health care centers; accounting or legal services or transportation services.
The Act would add a crushing burden to the cost of business operations by forcing anyone with 15 or more employees to recognize gender identify and mandate transgender access to opposite-sex restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms. In addition businesses would have to include hormone treatment, psychotherapy and gender reassignment surgery to employee’s medical insurance. The cost for one surgery from female to male has a price tag of $89,000 plus and male to female can cost over $110,000. Add to all those cost legal fees for settling workplace disputes, higher taxes that will inevitably come from more government oversight or the loss of competitiveness that comes with more regulation. And naturally, as in all government mandates, the cost will be passed along to consumers.
By now you should realize that the Equality Act is anything but! It is not about equality, it is about forcing everyday people, especially Christians, to affirm new sexual norms and gender ideology. Even if you refuse to accept the delusional ideology of 63 different genders or the unscientific fact of gender fluidity, government will have the power to force your participation or face costly lawsuits. And there will be no exception since the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will essentially be null and void.
The law could and will shut down charities that refuse to participate in the charade. Foster care and adoption agencies, drug rehabilitation centers, and homeless centers already face challenges under state and local policies on sexual orientation and gender identity. A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would make this situation a national phenomenon, which would spell disaster for the 437,500 children in foster care nationwide. The law will force these agencies to open up private facilities such as bathrooms, showers and sleeping quarters to members of the opposite sex.
Medical professionals and institutions would also suffer. Under state sexual orientation and gender identity laws, individuals who identify as transgender have already sued Catholic hospitals in California and New Jersey who refused to perform hysterectomies on otherwise healthy women who wanted to pursue gender transition. If these lawsuits succeed, medical professionals would be pressured to treat patients according to ideology rather than reality.
The Equality Act will also lead to more parents losing custody of their children. In fact, the current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes an article arguing that the state should overrule the parents of transgender children who do not consent to give them puberty-blocking drugs even though studies have shown that 80 to 95 percent of children no longer experience gender dysphoria after puberty.
It will forever end the concept of women’s sports by allowing more biological males to compete. Under radical gender identity policies, female athletes have already sustained gruesome injuries at the hands of males that self-identify as female. In high school wrestling, female athletes have forfeited rather than compete against transgender athletes on testosterone.
The Act would also enable sexual assaults as more male sexual predators, which self-identify as female, will have access to our children. The law could also make victims less likely to report sexual misconduct and police less likely to get involved for fear of being accused of discrimination.
Republican lawmakers have blocked both the Equality Act and its predecessor, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), since the bill was first put forward in 1994. While I have no doubt this will pass in the House, I do not believe it will prevail in the Senate. And I’m sure Democrats know that.
Add this bill to the House’s attempt to destroy the voting process through the passage of HR 1, For the People Act, and you get a pretty good idea of what will happen to this country if the left ever gets control of government again.