I’ve talked to a lot of Christians about the Equality Act. Most had no idea what the Equality Act even was. I’ve been writing about it since 2015. I’ve been reading legal experts and political analysts since then to find out what the consequences will be for Bible-believing Christians. Guess what? The Democrats just reintroduced the bill.
Here’s the latest about the bill from Christian Post:
The reintroduction of the wide-reaching Equality Act, billed as a necessary measure to enshrine protections for the LGBT community into federal civil rights law, was announced Thursday, much to the chagrin of some conservatives and Christian groups.
Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., announced the bill’s introduction in the United States Senate while Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., announced the introduction of the bill in the House of Representatives. According to a press release from Merkley’s office, “the Senate bill will be formally introduced next week when the Senate floor re-opens for bill introductions.”
Biden said this when the bill was re-introduced:
I applaud Congressman David Cicilline [D-RI] and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus for introducing the Equality Act in the House of Representatives yesterday, and I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation.
During the campaign, he promised to sign the bill into law, if it reached his desk. This is something that Beth Moore and Russell Moore never told you. They were too busy attacking Trump for his gruff attitude and mean tweets to focus on actual policy.
Here’s a reaction from the lead counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom:
Kristen Waggoner, general counsel at the First Amendment law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, was one of many conservatives reacting unfavorably to the news of the bill’s re-emergence.
[…]“This proposed legislation punishes and marginalizes people who hold decent and honorable beliefs about marriage or dare to believe the scientific evidence regarding the physical differences between men and women. The Equality Act would deny female athletes fair competition in sports, ignore women’s unique health needs, and force vulnerable girls to share intimate spaces with men who identify as female,” Waggoner warned.
I trust a legal expert far more than I trust a charismatic Christian leader with no knowledge or experience with actual policies.
If I had to pick one expert on the policy implications of the law, I’d pick Ryan T. Anderson, president of Ethics & Public Policy Center (EPPC) who said this:
It sacrifices the equality, safety, and privacy of women, while privileging men who identify as women: If this bill becomes law, they’d have a civil right to spend the night in a battered women’s shelter, disrobe in a women’s locker room, and compete on a women’s sports team—even children at K-12 public schools.
Religious institutions fare no better. Religious schools, adoption agencies, and other charities would face federal sanction for operating according to basic biology and mainstream Biblical teaching on sex and marriage. Outrageously, this act exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
If the Equality Act passes, there isn’t going to be any religious exemption or conscience exemption. Every institution that calls itself Christian – schools, churches, universities, corporations, charities, etc. – will be brought into compliance.
Will it become law? It passed in the House 236 to 173 in 2019. It stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate, and we had a Republican president in the White House. Now, thanks to the efforts of people like Beth Moore and Russell Moore, we have a Democrat Senate and a Democrat president. Still like your chances of keeping your religious liberty? The Democrats have everything now.
It’s important for Bible-believing Christians to realize that popular charismatic “leaders” have no idea how specific policies will affect our morality and religious liberty. They look to Democrats to tell them what to believe. If you’re looking for an accurate view of how laws and policies affect you, you’ll have to read people like Kristen Waggoner and Ryan Anderson. Don’t think you’re going to find out how laws affect you by consuming popular entertainment from secular leftists.
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