With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, Congress is ready to focus on finding a way to pass Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar “Build Back Better” boondoggle, a plan that will enable him to continue promoting the radical LGBT agenda at the expense of religious liberty and our children.
Specifically, Biden’s plan provides taxpayer money to pay for “free” preschool for children ages three and four, but on the condition that preschool and childcare facilities abide by federal nondiscrimination laws related to gender identity and sexual orientation (via Christian Headlines):
Religious liberty watchdogs are raising concern about the child care plan within President Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” plan, saying its requirements could shut out Christian and other faith-based facilities that affirm traditional, biblical doctrine.
The White House says the bill would cut “child care spending on young children by more than half” and provide “free preschool for all 3 and 4-year-old children.”
The controversy involves language within the House-passed bill that would require preschool and child care facilities to abide by federal nondiscrimination laws related to gender identity and sexual orientation. This means, critics say, that faith-based facilities that affirm biblical beliefs on marriage and gender would not be able to participate because they do not hold to LGBT ideology.
The Build Back Better bill would represent a change in how faith-based child care centers receive funding. Currently, they are not bound by federal nondiscrimination laws.
A poll released this summer by the Bipartisan Policy Center found that 53 percent of the child care facilities used by parents are faith-based.
Alliance Defending Freedom last week released a statement criticizing the bill’s language. ADF’s Zach Pruitt said the bill “contains funding provisions and new grant programs that are likely to exclude many faith-based childcare providers while cutting funding to existing childcare programs currently being utilized by many faith-based providers.” This, he said, “jeopardizes the freedom of parents to send their children to childcare programs that align with their religious beliefs.” (emphasis mine)
This is just the latest example of the threat Joe Biden’s radical LGBT agenda poses to religious liberty.
Back in May, Biden announced his intention to take states to court over their so-called “anti-transgender” laws. Prior to making this threat, Biden gave his first address to the joint session of Congress where he instructed the House and the Senate to endorse his radical LGBT agenda by passing the Equality Act, a pro-LGBT/anti-religious liberty piece of legislation that passed the House in 2019 and again in 2021.
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) revises the Civil Rights Act, and will require complete submission and codifies the radical LGBT agenda with no exceptions whatsoever granted to churches and religious employers, organizations, and colleges. In the words of Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) when explaining the intention of the legislation, “Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Also in May, Biden and his Department of Health and Human Services reversed an LGBT healthcare rule in an effort to prevent “discrimination” against transgender people in healthcare practices by no longer defining “sex” as biological.
In an October 2020 interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, then-candidate Biden said that passing the Equality Act was “essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.”
Biden promised at the time to have his cabinet enforce the Equality Act across federal agencies, and he gave an early indication of his intention to use things like his Build Back Better plan to do so. “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.” (emphasis mine)
While Biden’s Build Back Better plan specifically targets pre-school children, he has taken other actions to indoctrinate children into his radical LGBT agenda.
In July, Biden used the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Education to expand the definition of the federal civil-rights statute to include gender identity. Under this new definition, Biden picked up where Barack Obama left off by promoting the sexual abuse of children via forcing public schools into accepting transgender students as normal and mentally healthy.
Biden’s plan to use Build Back Better to advance his radical LGBT agenda could very well succeed thanks to Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, the two men responsible for the current makeup of the Supreme Court.
Last year, “the most conservative Supreme Court of all time” used a little judicial “abracadabra” to pull an imaginary right out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act hat. By a vote of 6-3, SCOTUS ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County — the majority opinion was written by none other than Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch — that the Constitution provided an inalienable right to transgenderism.
In Bostock, the court determined that the prohibition on discriminating against individuals because of “sex” also extended to sexual orientation and transgender status under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Since the court often uses interpretations of Title VII to “inform” interpretations of Title IX (the law preventing discrimination against students), Biden is using the Bostock ruling to spread the radical LGBT agenda in schools.
“After considering the text of Title IX, Supreme Court caselaw, and developing jurisprudence in this area, the Division has determined that the best reading of Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ is that it includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.”
Biden claims that his LGBT agenda allows exemptions for religiously-affiliated organizations in adherence to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and subsequent court rulings. However, that all changes if the Equality Act becomes law because it eliminates constitutional and RFRA protection for religious objections on matters of gender identity, sexual orientation, and abortion.
I’ve mentioned this before, but with Republicans playing the “vote for us to stop the far-left” card heading into next year’s midterm elections, it’s important to remember that they support the concept of the Equality Act.
When the Equality Act was introduced in 2019, Republicans were in a position to stop it but didn’t, just as I warned would happen. Additionally, Republicans in the House introduced a “conservative alternative” called the Fairness for All Act in December 2019.
The Fairness for All Act would have outlawed anti-transgender laws by amending the Civil Rights Act using the same pro-LGBT language included in the Equality Act but with additional language that allegedly protected the convictions of religious organizations, healthcare providers, and employers with 15 employees or less.
The radical LGBT agenda marches on, destroying religious liberty along the way — just as we knew would be the case following the Obergefell decision — and Biden’s Build Back Better plan brings us closer to its total destruction.
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.