In March 2019, the House of Representatives introduced a pro-LGTB bill called the Equality Act (H.R. 5), an openly anti-religious liberty piece of legislation that codifies the LGBT agenda by revising the Civil Rights Act. It passed in the House in May 2019.
Under the Equality Act, everyone is required to submit to the LGBT agenda, with churches and religious employers, organizations, and colleges afforded no exceptions whatsoever. “Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) when explaining the intention of the legislation.
Besides the clear and obvious threat to genuine civil rights and civil liberty, the Equality Act is loaded with a myriad of potential unintended consequences so egregious that even voices within the pro-LGBT community oppose it for reasons outside of religious liberty. “It would eliminate women and girls as a coherent legal category worthy of civil rights protection,” said Julia Beck, a self-described radical lesbian feminist and the former law and policy co-chair for Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission.
The bill stalled in the Senate, but with Joe Biden in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, the Equality Act was reintroduced this past Thursday with a vote on the liberty-killing legislation expected later this week. The momentum for passage is clearly on the pro-LGBT side of the issue.
And last month the Supreme Court, led by Neil Gorsuch, made amending the Civil Rights Act via the Equality Act a mute point when he joined the majority in a 6-3 decision (Bostock v. Clayton County) that found a never-existed-before inalienable right to transgenderism in Title VII of the Act while providing no protections for religious liberty.
In October of last year, then-candidate for president Joe Biden said in an interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal that passing the Equality Act is “essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.”
He added that he would also direct his Cabinet to enforce the Equality Act across federal agencies. “Too many states do not have laws that explicitly protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination,” Biden said in the interview. “It’s wrong to deny people access to services or housing because of who they are or who they love.”
Only hours after taking the oath of office, Biden issued an executive order barring discrimination based on “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.”
Earlier this month, Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an open commitment to spreading the pro-LGBT agenda globally via the State Department. Biden’s “Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons Around the World” directs American agencies operating abroad “to ensure that United States diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons.”
For those of you ready to blame Democrats for these developments, let me remind you that the Equality Act was introduced when Republicans were still in a position to stop it but didn’t, just as I warned would happen in April 2019. Not only did they fail to at least try to stop it, House Republicans introduced a “conservative alternative” bill called the Fairness For All Act in December 2019.
The Fairness For All Act would amend the Civil Rights Act using the same pro-LGBT language included in the Equality Act but with additional language that allegedly protects the convictions of religious organizations, healthcare providers, and employers with 15 employees or less.
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) sponsored the bill, and in a press conference, he attempted to address the obvious conflict that occurs every time government assumes the role of creator and arbiter of our rights … rights that come from God:
“[Sexual orientation/gender identity and religious liberty] are not mutually exclusive principles. There is enough space where both of these can be accommodated … neither side has to lose in order for the other side to win.”
And for those of you who claim that this wouldn’t happen if Trump was still in the White House, let me remind you that he has always been a proponent of the LGBT agenda. Trump openly supported the LGBT agenda as a candidate in 2016 and he continued doing so as president.
When asked by The Washington Blade about Trump’s position on the Fairness For All Act, then-White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere indicated Trump’s openness to seeing it become law:
“President Trump has protected human dignity, fought for inclusion, promoted LGBTQ Americans, and strongly protected religious freedom for everyone while in office. The White House looks forward to reviewing the legislation.”
Before Biden launched his global effort, Trump started one of his own to spread the LGBT lifestyle and normalize sexual deviancy; using America’s leadership position as a platform to “decriminalize” homosexuality worldwide. Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, led the effort and defended LGBT deviancy as “God’s truth” in an editorial written for Bild, a German tabloid newspaper:
“While a student at Evangel University, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, I was taught by biblical scholars that all truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found. The truth for LGBT people is that we were born gay.”
When Grenell was picked by the Republican National Committee (RNC) ahead of the election to serve as Trump’s senior adviser focused on outreach to LGBT voters, he released a video ad declaring that his boss was “the most pro-gay president in American history.” Trump responded by retweeting Grenell’s declaration, calling it a “great honor.”
The evolution from ignoring things done “between two consenting adults in private” to government-enforced, mandatory acceptance of sexual deviancy has been occurring for decades, and the casualties left in the rubble of this persistent march toward Sodom have continued to pile up.
Any way you look at it, whether through the Democrats’ Equality Act, the Republican’s Fairness For All Act, or another dictate from the Supreme Court, the LGBT culture war marches on, destroying the religious liberty rights of Americans — just as we knew would be the case following the Obergefell decision — leaving Christians, conservatives, and constitutionalists as the casualties.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.