So the Supreme Court has established “same-sex marriage,” and that will quiet the LGBT crowd, because, after all, they got what they wanted, right?
Not even close.
How about protections for LGBT people in jobs, jury duty, credit applications, housing, facilities that provide exhibitions, facilities that provide recreation, facilities that provide exercise, facilities that provide amusement and even facilities that provide “gatherings”?
Already, there’s a bill in Congress to do all those things and much more.
It even would gut the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act so LGBT-based discrimination complaints could be brought against churches that follow the Bible, which teaches homosexual behavior is a sin.
The “Equality Act” would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.”
It would unilaterally change public school desegregation standards “to provide for the assignment of students without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Churches that hold to biblical beliefs about sexuality would not be immune, according to Paul Kengor, whose book “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage” addresses the problem.
He shows how, beginning with Karl Marx and continuing with Margaret Sanger, Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse and assorted ’60s radicals, formerly fringe concepts have been accepted. And they’re being used by leftists to attack traditional marriage.
“I think we’re already seeing what’s next from the ‘LGBT’ and same-sex-marriage movement – that is, an aggressive and uncompromising push for forced acceptance, forced compliance, and forced acquiescence,” he said. “For these people, ‘tolerance’ doesn’t actually mean ‘tolerance,’ just as ‘diversity’ doesn’t actually mean ‘diversity.’ What they want is a very selective tolerance and very selective diversity, which, of course, isn’t actually real tolerance or real diversity.
Kengor said they support what Marcuse called “repressive tolerance.”
“They are going to coerce those who disagree with their movement and their agenda, and that will include an aggressive attempt to force religious believers into full compliance with their movement and their agenda,” he said.
“For that, they will enlist the long arm of the state, and they will seek to do so with liberal politicians as their handmaidens. The force will take the form of fines, pickets, boycotts, demonization and, in some cases, incarceration,” said Kengor
In Kentucky, a county clerk, Kim Davis, already was put in jail for nearly a week for refusing an order from U.S. District Judge David Bunning to violate her faith and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Activists obtained their marriage licenses from her deputies, under a judge’s order, while she was in jail, and now they’re taking her to court again demanding she reissue the licenses with her name on them.
At a recent event in Chicago hosted by the “gay”-rights group Human Rights Campaign, LGBT leaders discussed their agenda, according to a report from Windy City Media Group.
One aim is passing the Equality Act.
HRC President Chad Griffing predicted it would be “the biggest legislative battle in the history of our movement.”
And he claimed the movement has the strength “to decide elections,” with its “10 million” voters.
He also charged that Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., was attacking families with his plan for the First Amendment Defense Act, which would protect people and groups from unwarranted attacks and lawsuits when their actions are based on their religious beliefs about marriage.
The Equality Act, sponsored by Rep. David, Cicilline, D-R.I., has been referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and there’s no immediate time frame for acting.
It guts the protections written into the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, declaring that beliefs cannot provide a claim, defense or basis against the progressive agenda of the LGBT special interests.
Violators would answer to the U.S. Department of Justice, which would act if it receives a complaint from someone who claims to suffer discrimination.
Further, it would require employers to “recognize individuals in accordance with their gender identity if sex is a bona fide occupational qualification.”
For example, a female could monitor a boys locker room if she identifies as a male.
Michael Brown, author of “Outlasting the Gay Revolution,” said the ultimate objective will be to “uproot” all opposition to LGBT activism.
“That means that churches will become targets, putting Christian denominations, organizations, schools and individuals under increasing pressure to affirm homosexuality or else lose their tax exemption or more,” he said. “It means an attack on all efforts to help those with unwanted homosexual attractions or gender identity issues, with a nationwide attack to ban any treatments for those struggling. It means the complete normalization of transgender identity, imposing this on the rest of society.”
Brown said tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality will not be enough.
“There must be celebration and support, and in the business world, failure to be on the front lines of promoting the LGBT cause will have serious negative consequences,” he said. “And in the schools, there must be complete uniformity in celebrating and promoting LGBT issues.”
His book cites the opposition that already have developed for not cheering the same-sex agenda.
The principles needed to outlast the progressive revolution, he said, are: Never compromise your convictions, take the high moral ground, cherish sexual purity, defend natural marriage, celebrate gender distinctions, propagate the truth, turn to God and refuse to throw in the towel.
He said that while it looks like American society never will be the same, the homosexual activists have not written the end of the story.
He believes Americans will start rejecting the bullying tactics against freedoms of religion, speech and conscience.
The progressive ThinkProgress writes that the proposed law would add protections for LGBT people in employment, housing, public accommodations (including transgender people’s access to the sex-segregated facility that “matches their gender identity”), public education, federal funding, credit, juries and more.
The website says “religious exemptions would be maintained,” but it acknowledges RFRA “cannot be invoked in an attempt to justify discrimination that would otherwise be covered.”
More than a dozen senators and nearly 100 House members, all Democrats, have signed on as co-sponsors.
The Daily Signal was blunt in its report on the bill, noting it “does not protect equality before the law, but unnecessarily and unjustly violates freedom by creating special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Such provisions, the commentary said, “threaten small-business owners with liability for alleged ‘discrimination’ based not on objective traits, but on subjective and unverifiable identities.”
“They expand state interference in labor markets, potentially discouraging job creation. They endanger religious liberty and freedom of speech. And they mandate employment policies that, with regard to many workplace conditions, violate common sense.”
Author David Kupelian, in his just-released “The Snapping of the American Mind,” wrote, “Many thought same-sex marriage would be the crowning achievement of the LGBT movement and that the juggernaut would finally wind down.
“But then, suddenly the focus shifted to ‘transgender rights,’ with Time magazine’s ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’ issue trumpeting the headline, ‘America’s next civil rights frontier,’ and Vice President Joe Biden likewise proclaiming transgender discrimination ‘the civil right issue of our time.’
“And then – brace yourself – there were reports of three-year-old children being required to sign a contract promising they will not use ‘transphobic language’ in nursery school!”
His warning: “The secret of this never-ending, always-expanding revolutionary movement, in case you haven’t realized, is that it has the full support of the Far Left. Not because the Left loves homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals for themselves, but because finally the Left has found its spear tip, with which – as it has dreamed of doing for decades – it can effectively attack, wound, marginalize, demonize, and criminalize its greatest enemy: the Christian religion.”