Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
In PART ONE we covered the basics of what the Democrats are trying to do with their so-called non-discrimination bill known as H.R. 5. This intrusive (and highly unconstitutional) bill would forever change what we are allowed to believe, and (equally as important) what we’re allowed to speak.
How it would affect us:
Business owners would no long have the option of saying no to making cakes, t-shirts, or other items for people whose lifestyle goes against their moral or religious beliefs. And speaking of religious beliefs, churches would be affected, as well. Local congregations and religious nonprofits could no longer require their employees to live out the church’s religious beliefs related to marriage, sexual morality and gender differences. Can you imagine? In essence, the government would fully control the message of the church. (Are you shuddering now?)
On top of this, any para-church ministries (women’s shelters, for instance) could not exclude the opposite sex (or those claiming to be the opposite sex). Consider religious foster care programs or adoption agencies. They would be forced to close if they operate in alignment with their deeply held religious beliefs. (i.e. if they believe a child should be in a home with a mother and father instead of a same sex couple, for instance). And what about religious schools? They could no longer teach biblical marriage principles without fear of lawsuits or prosecution.
Most frightening of all is the speech clause. Under the threat of punishment, we would be forced to speak messages that go against our deeply-held beliefs. As one who puts words on the page, this is especially troubling. Would I be allowed to write articles or books that share anything but the approved narrative? Probably not.
And if I violate the new law, even inadvertently? Then what? Would I, like my pastor, my priest, or my religious school principal, end up being fined, censored, forced through a “reprogramming” course (as one business owner was recently forced to do after refusing to make LGBTQ t-shirts), sued, or worse. . .jailed?
Alex Newman, from the New American, summarizes the new bill this way in “‘Equality Act’ Seeks Federal Persecution of Christians”:
Democrats in Congress are pushing ‘equality’ legislation that critics say would criminalize Christianity, Islam, and Judaism by forcing virtually every institution in society — including religious institutions — to hire, serve, and promote homosexuals and individuals confused about their gender. A number of analysts have warned that by enshrining ‘sexual orientation’ in the statute, even pedophilia and pederasty could be protected. In the House of Representatives, Democrats already have more than enough co-sponsors to pass the bill. And in the Senate, they are getting very close. But a massive coalition of critics from across the political spectrum and a broad array of religious traditions is rising up to stop it before it is too late…. In the end, the Equality Act is unconstitutional on its face. The federal government has no power to force anyone — much less everyone — to bow down to its radical anti-Christian ideology. And in fact, multiple provisions of the Constitution, including the First Amendment and the 10th Amendment, specifically prohibit the sort of lunacy envisioned in this legislation. Americans who value liberty and Christian civilization must recognize that everything they cherish is on the line. It is time to speak out, or be crushed by the oncoming freight train.
We must stop this train before it runs over us all. Trust me when I saw that the words “non-discrimination” definitely don’t apply. This new bill most assuredly discriminates. . .against all of us who disagree with it. We must stop it before we’re forced to comply.
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