Gay ENDA protesters
The Senate passed The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It now awaits passage in the House. According to the Washington Post, there is support for its passage in every congressional district but that doesn’t mean it will pass.
It is not simply about non-discrimination according to Christian employers, it’s about forcing them to accept a way of life they believe is unacceptable.
For example, legal analysts have said ENDA could force Christian employers to:
- Maintain a workplace environment that affirms sexual behavior the employer and other employees consider wrong,
- Discipline employees who don’t affirm such behavior in mandated diversity training and other situations,
- Even restrict religious expression of employees that might offend co-workers.
ENDA does more than that, it forces companies to hire people they don’t want to hire. If a gay person is not hired or fired, the company can sue based on sexual discrimination though the reason might have had nothing to do with their orientation.
Jobs are not a right but these types of laws make them into rights.
Gays suddenly become one of the groups who are entitled to a job simply because they are gay.
If a man applies for a job as a woman, does the company have to hire this person? ENDA says yes.
This measure will keep lawyers occupied.
We are now being told gay equality is a moral and civil right, which it is, but how do we define equality? Does equality mean everyone has to say they agree with them and the way they live, even if their religion says not to? Do we have to think and say what we are told to think and say on this issue?
There are so many protected groups, protected because of race, sex, sexual behavior, ethnicity, et al that it is placing a severe limitation on individual freedoms and the freedoms or private companies. Every time we over-protect one group, we cast a shadow on the unprotected.
Was there any great need to pass this law? Were gay people being deprived of jobs en masse? Is this simply a way to bully certain religious groups into accepting them or face severe repercussions?
Gays are entitled to equality of course, but are they entitled to jobs and jobs in religious companies? One catering hall was sued by a gay couple because they are religious and don’t believe in gay marriage. A wedding photographer was sued because she didn’t photograph gay marriages though she will photograph gays other than in a marriage situation. Is this right?
Where will it stop? It won’t stop at religious organizations, that we know. At some point we will have to look at the freedom of religion issue.
What do you think?