Just as I was leaving to attend Mass this evening, I got the alert that the Democrat House passed the monstrous Equality Act that will turn religious freedom on its head in the name of discrimination:
WASHINGTON TIMES – House Democrats passed Thursday the Equality Act, taking their cues from President Biden as he pushes transgender rights to the forefront despite warnings of dire repercussions for religious freedom, women’s sports and parental rights.
The bill, which would add sex, gender identity and sexual orientation to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, was approved by 224-206, with three Republicans voting in favor of the measure, a drop from the eight who supported the measure in 2019.
The previous legislation had little chance with Republicans in charge of the Senate and President Trump in the White House, but Mr. Biden has already made transgender rights a priority, starting with a day-one executive order to combat discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
“Passing the Equality Act the last time was historic, a day of hope and happiness for millions,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her floor speech. “Now with a Democratic Senate majority and President Biden in the White House, and Vice President Harris there as well, we will pass it once more and we will never stop fighting until it becomes law.”
The three Republicans were Rep. Tom Reed from Illinois, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania, and Rep. John Katko from New York.
The good news is that this bill is likely going to die in the Senate because it would need 10 Republicans to get past the filibuster. Let’s hope there aren’t any who would support this. I know Susan Collins has already refused, so that’s a good sign.
Here’s more about the dangers of the Equality Act from The Federalist:
A much more important thing you might have missed on Thursday is that the Democrat-led House of Representatives is taking up a vote on the Equality Act, a nice and equitable-sounding piece of legislation that would effectively end legal sex distinctions as we know them and coerce traditional conservatives and Christians into violating their most deeply held religious beliefs. The bill, if it passes, will amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, to also outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
This isn’t some narrow rule that would ensure trans kids are always admitted to taxpayer-funded public schools. No, there isn’t any remaining area of American life where this monstrous legislation wouldn’t sneak its anti-religious tentacles. The amendment dictates that “public accommodations” include “establishments that provide exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; goods, services, or programs; and transportation services.” And just in case you weren’t sure what that exhaustive list of spaces covers, it also stipulates that on the basis of gender identity, people cannot be “denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room.” Welcome to the girls’ locker room, Jessica Yaniv. Your male genitals are welcome anywhere you like. Hate — and science — have no home here.
We’re talking about much more than condemning a cake artist who declined to design a cake in celebration of a same-sex union, which will now also be undoubtedly illegal. We’re talking about erasing sex and gender distinctions altogether and punishing anyone who resists that gender is fluid, any feminists who don’t think men should be allowed on women’s sports teams, and any church that doesn’t want to hire a transgender staff member. The legal meaning of bigotry and discrimination is about to define anyone who still believes in science.
As The Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford wrote this week, “According to the Equality Act, religious nurses, doctors, and hospitals unwilling to kill an unborn child or perform a sex-change surgery could be legally discriminating.” Little Sisters of the Poor? Lawbreakers. Jack Phillips? Bigot. Christian elementary school? Transphobes.
If the left prevails in this legislative endeavor, they’ll have the full force of the law to go after anyone who doesn’t fall into step with their genderless orthodoxy. “Under the Equality Act, after all, American law is a tool to attack our rights of conscience, our religious freedom, our businesses, our schools, our families, our neighbors, our priests, and our churches,” Bedford continued. “How dare anyone expect to use the law to defend against it?”
Chip Roy announced today he intends to fight the Equality Act in court:
Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said on Thursday that he will continue to fight against the Equality Act in court just before the House was scheduled to vote on the bill, which he claims would harm religious freedom.
The Equality Act builds on the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act to add protections for LGBTQ Americans. Roy, alongside several members of the House Freedom Caucus, said outside the Capitol on Thursday that the bill is “trampling on the rights of the American people in the false name of equality.”
He added, “This is a government using its power to tell us to bow down to the will of a cultural elite in this town who want to tell us what we’re supposed to believe. We’re not going to do that.”
Roy said, “We are going to keep fighting it in the courts and beyond.”
Here’s more from Roy, who called the bill an abomination:
“They want to tell people who disagree on these issues that they need to go to the corner and that they need to hide. And they need to give up their closely held beliefs and their values…it is absolutely an abomination.”
From Rep. Roy’s floor speech opposing the Equality Act. pic.twitter.com/lcXZEV7oiJ
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) February 25, 2021
Last but not least, here’s a link to a great article from PJ Media on why we should all oppose the Equality Act. Click over to read it.