After the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009, many anti-LGBT activists claimed that it would criminalize free speech and religious expression. They said the exact same thing following the Windsor and Obergefell decisions, and yet gay marriage opponents still have the right to criticize marriage equality, contrary to their own predictions.
Even though none of these predictions about the hate crimes law or marriage equality came true, critics now say that this time they have found the real legislation through which the LGBT rights movement will ban free speech: The Equality Act.
Writing in WorldNetDaily, Linda Harvey of Mission America alleges that the nondiscrimination bill threatens to “silence believers” and “essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change.”
“Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised,” Harvey writes, labeling the bill a “fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment.”
The “gay lobby” has tried it before. But now that marriage is officially a grand social experiment in our nation, homosexual activists have moved on, updating and re-launching the next weapon of revolution. And it’s a whopper, one that potentially unites homosexual advocates with defenders of Planned Parenthood.
Their enemy? Christians, conservatives and all who are pro-life and pro-family.
The unjust and unequal “Equality Act” was introduced in Congress as H.R. 3185 and S. 1858 just before summer recess. This legislation jumps way beyond any previous anti-discrimination bill and would essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change by declaring these behaviors to be civil rights in America.
Homosexuality is not inborn – it’s not like race – and the behavior is harmful to individuals and societies. These identities and attractions do not characterize separate types of “persons” (as the Obergefell majority ruling incorrectly assumed). So they are not defensible under the 14th Amendment.
As I wrote in a column a few months ago, the left is moving toward the position of telling us what to believe. Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised with homosexuality no longer a sin, humans no longer distinctly male and female, abortion a “right” for females and believers painted into a narrow doctrinal corner if we let them do this.
We must not let them do this. This bill should be Priority No. 1 to defeat this year, next year and as long as it takes. Everyone needs to make it clear to congressional representatives that this fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment, to defy parental authority and to drive Christians out of jobs simply cannot happen.
The authority to silence believers that the “Equality Act” would provide Christ’s enemies would leap beyond homosexuality and gender confusion. It’s tyranny, and only we the people rising up and saying NO will stop this.
The so-called “Equality Act” is not about equality – we already have that. It’s about calling evil good, calling sin a right, and about punishing and silencing the voices of morality and faith.