US Senate to Vote on Threat to Religious Freedom Next Week!

November 1, 2013 | 3 comments | Posted in Family, marriage, Religious Freedom, Sexuality | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Senators Toomey and Casey Scheduled to Vote

Dangerous Bill That Threatens Religious Freedom and Conscience

Employers know best what qualities or characteristics are relevant to performing a particular job, not the federal government. So why does Congress want to inject itself into business owners employment decisions?

This is the question that needs to be asked as the Senate moves to vote on the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit businesses from taking into account any conduct related to “actual or perceived sexual identity or gender identity” when making employment decisions even if it violates their religious beliefs or if it is inappropriate for their workplace.

ENDA would force religious business owners and workplaces such as Christian bookstores, religious publishing houses, pre-schools and religious television and radio stations to accept as normal any employee who has had a sex-change surgery, any employee who has changed or is “transitioning” their public “gender identity” (regardless of whether they have had surgery or hormone treatments), transvestites (people who dress as the opposite sex on an occasional basis for emotional or sexual gratification), and drag queens or drag kings (people who dress as the opposite sex for the purpose of entertaining others).

Making matters worse, “perceived gender identity” status does not require sex-change surgery, so ENDA would allow some biological males (who claim to be female) to enter and even appear nude before females in bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers. Situations like this have already been reported in several states with ENDA like laws such as Maine, Colorado and California.

ENDA offers no guidance on how employers should deal with these situations and opens them up to costly lawsuits by inviting disgruntled employees to sue for “discrimination” over a characteristic (in the case of sexual orientation) which is not even visible and of which the employer may have been unaware. This has already been seen in the case of public employers (which are explicitly covered by ENDA) where such laws at the local and state level have led to large settlements being paid at taxpayers’ expense.

Please contact US Senators Bob Casey, Jr and Pat Toomey and urge them to oppose S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as it imposes on employers freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of conscience and the free market economy.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!

CALL YOUR U.S. Senators and ask them to please Vote NO on S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Congress should not tell private employers whom to hire or make sexual orientation or gender identity a protected class. It’s a matter of protecting the right of conscience and religious freedom.

Call Pat Toomey at 202-224-4254
Call Bob Casey, Jr at 202-224-6324
Or contact them both by using our Citizen Action Center.

3 Comments

Ron Franklin

I would strongly suggest you change the first paragraph of your statement: “Employers know best…” As an African American who grew up in the segregated south where employers knew only whites qualified for any jobs above the menial, I find that paragraph bizarre. It prejudices the way I evaluate the rest of what you say about ENDA, because it makes me question whether your position has been well thought through, or is just a plausible defense of an ideological stance. I say this as one who is really trying to understand whether ENDA does or does not deserve support.

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