Catherine White

Muskogee

On May 17, the Equality Act passed the U.S. House by a vote of 236 to 173 including eight Republicans who joined with nearly every Democrat. Hopefully this bill will be halted in the U.S. Senate as it has yet to come up for a vote. Our nation has civil rights laws making it illegal to discriminate against people based on immutable characteristics — age, origin, ethnicity, gender — but by including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” alongside these characteristics, this Act sets up conflicts between activists and churches, families, schools and organizations. With this law, the sexual behavior one chooses and the sex they decide will receive special protections and extra “rights” based on their behavior and lifestyle.

The Act would require churches, medical professionals, business owners to violate their religious beliefs, jeopardize women and children’s privacy and safety as well as threaten our rights as Christian parents to raise our children according to scriptural mandates.

Family Research Council submitted a letter to Congress, signed by a coalition of over 1,400 pastors and Christian leaders united against this bill. Their letter in part said, “This bill is incompatible with the Bible and historic teaching of the Church as well as being riddled with threats to religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and is contrary to biological realities so that the bill would directly harm men, women, children and stifle freedom. THE BILL MUST BE STOPPED.” Major corporations are rolling back our Christian and American values because they are hijacked by a leftist agenda.

You — an informed citizen — can send a letter to companies that attack your values and tell them a message, for example, “After learning of your support for the Equality Act, or your open-restroom policy for persons identifying as transgender (in thought, in choice or in actual fact) and making safety for customers an unprotected reality, I want you to know you have lost a loyal customer and I will inform those in my sphere of influence of my decision as well.”

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