Dangerous legislation

The U.S. Senate is ready to vote on dangerous legislation — the Equality Act. If it passes the Senate like the House, this bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1961, which outlaws discrimination of individuals based on race, sex or religion. The act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to that list. It would override the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and similar state laws that aim to protect our religious freedom and convictions.

This message to the church from certain influential, high-level people in government is loud and clear; fully embrace the sexual revolution and redefine marriage and gender — or else! The Equality Act is moving our nation in a direction that elevates government above God.

They want to make the moral decision, usurping His authority. Under its broad reach the Equality Act will:

1. Force schools, churches and hospitals to accept the government’s beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity, which could threaten everyday speech and people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.

2. Allow boys in girls sports, boys in girls locker rooms, men in women’s prisons. It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.

3. Strip Christians and other religious ministries of their right to hire people of shared faith or pursue a shared mission. Can you imagine a Christian organization being forced to hire people hostile to its deeply held beliefs?

4. Threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, place of privacy and even teaching.

Now is the time to call your senators immediately and tell them to vote no with conviction to the Equality Act.

Charles Leisure



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