Family Research Council Action has launched a new “Fight ENDA” campaign to lobby against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prevent employers across the country from discriminating against the LGBT community. The new page — posted by the legislative arm of the Family Research Council, a designated hate group — includes a litany of fraudulent arguments for why such discrimination must be preserved:
- Such legislation affords special protection to a group that is not disadvantaged.
Such protections already exist for many other identities under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Those identities are no more “special” than sexual orientation and gender identity. Research has consistently shown that the LGBT community faces high levels of employment discrimination, a clear “disadvantage.”
- The issue is not job discrimination.
When people cannot secure employment solely because of their employment, that is exactly issue the legislation is meant to address.
- The first “religious exemption” clause is very narrow and offers no clear protection to church-related businesses.
- The second “religious exemption” clause fails to offer protection for all hiring by church-related organizations or businesses.
- It is unlikely that the “religious exemption” included in the bill would survive court challenge.
FRC is basically arguing that religion should be a valid reason to discriminate. The exemptions the bill includes already extend protections to religious groups such that they don’t have to discriminate against other groups protected under the law, but conservatives want free reign to discriminate. It would make just as much sense to say that gay business owners should legally be exempted from hiring Christians.
- ENDA would mandate the employment of homosexuals in inappropriate occupations.
FRC doesn’t explain what “inappropriate occupations” are, but the clear implication is that there are jobs that people should automatically be disqualified from because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- ENDA violates employers’ and employees’ Constitutional freedoms of religion, speech and association.
- ENDA would approvingly bring private behavior considered immoral by many into the public square.
There is no Constitutional right to discriminate against an entire group of people. If anything, the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law for all citizens.
As for FRC’s final claim, there’s nothing about ENDA that mandates public displays of gay sex. If individuals want to continue to believe that homosexuality is immoral — innate as its understood to be — they are free to do that without discriminating against people for their sexual orientation.
FRC encourages its supporters to sign onto the claim that homosexual “behavior” and being trans are “choices.” What they’re actually trying to hold onto is the legal choice to discriminate and maintain stigma against the LGBT community.