In an effort to ease tension and arrive at an acceptable compromise between LGBT “rights” and religious liberty, Rep. Chris Stewart, (R-UT) has introduced the “Fairness For All Act.”
The bill, which for all intents and purposes is a Republican alternative to the highly controversial Equality Act, seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in education, employment, housing, public accommodations, and other areas.
Religious institutions, as well as small businesses in the wedding industry, however, would be granted exemptions in order to protect their consciences.
A deeper look into the bill, however, reveals that it is not an acceptable compromise for the LGBT mob or conservative Christians.
While virtually every pro-LGBT group denounces the FFAA in favor of the more draconian Equality Act, many conservative groups point out that the two bills share the same inherent dangers. By treating any dissent regarding the nature of human sexuality and marriage as discrimination, the FFA is every bit as bad as the Equality Act.
The presence of religious exemptions within the bill has garnered strong support from the Church of Latter-day Saints, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the American Unity Fund, the 1st Amendment Partnership, the Center for Public Justice, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
However, the preservation of First Amendment rights under the new bill would only apply to religious institutions and wedding vendors.
How on earth does Rep. Stewart think these are the only folks affected by LGBT totalitarianism?!
What about printing companies who would be forced to print pro-LGBT magazines? What about doctors who would be forced to prescribe dangerous medication or perform “gender transition” procedures? What about the biological female athletes who would be silenced as men invade their playing field? What about non-faith-based women’s shelters who would be forced to accept biological men on the mere basis of “identity”?
Where are the protections for these people? Where is their equality?
Even those few religious institutions offered exemptions under the bill would be required to allow their property to be used for same-sex weddings and virtually any other LGBT event the minute they open their doors to the public, revealing that this bill is nothing more than an attempt to dupe conservatives.
FFAA also contains a severability clause, allowing any of the nation’s many activist judges to strike down the religious exemptions in the future, leaving all Americans subject to the same leftist totalitarianism inherent in the Equality Act.
In a letter thoroughly outlining the myriad problems with the bill, Heritage Action For America calls on Republicans in Congress to oppose the bill:
FFA is simply not an effective means of stopping the Equality Act. Its narrow religious exemptions would not even protect religious schools, colleges and charities that open their property to the public, but who don’t want it used to celebrate same-sex weddings. And major LGBT organizations oppose religious exemptions. They have repealed them in other countries and are now seeking to nullify parts of the U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act itself. Indeed, the severability language in FFA could allow the religious exemptions it contains to be invalidated while other damaging provisions remain.
We strongly urge you to oppose this bill. It is anything but “fairness for all.” All Americans— medical professionals, parents (biological and foster), females, and employers—not just those in religious institutions, should enjoy the rights protected by our Constitution.
Sooner or later, the GOP is going to need to learn that there can be no compromise with extreme leftists. They do not want equality, as they so often claim. In order for LGBT people to have the “rights” they deserve, they must have superiority over the rights of those who do not affirm their lifestyle.
Our First Amendment liberties have long been under siege, and now certain Republicans want to offer them up on the altar of “inclusivity.” We cannot allow this to happen. Reach out to your representative in the House and urge them to oppose this dangerous bill!!
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