Bryan Fischer continues to deliver declarations from the bizarro world he lives in, where up is down and black is white. After Paul Ryan said he supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Fischer says this would destroy religious liberty and bring back the Jim Crow laws.
If ENDA goes into effect, no Christian employer could ever make a values-based personnel decision again. If a man wearing a dress, stilettos, and dangly earrings came into his Christian bookstore looking for a job and didn’t get one, the owner would be subject to a gigantic, business-ending discrimination lawsuit.
There is no reason to think that the homosexual lobby would not deliberately select values-driven businesses, and then send flamboyant homosexuals in to apply for advertised vacancies, just so they could use this law as a bludgeon to further pummel Christians into becoming the newest minority utterly deprived of their civil rights.
In fact, ENDA would represent the return of Jim Crow laws. Only now the people victimized would not be victimized based on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.
Nonsense. The Jim Crow laws are what prompted the passage of the Civil Rights Act, which already forbids employers from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender, and other things. ENDA would only add sexual orientation and gender identity to that list. If doing so turns Christians into “the newest minority utterly deprived of their civil rights,” then they are already deprived of those rights. A “values-driven business” can’t refuse to hire a Muslim or an atheist, or a woman, or a black person, even if their religious beliefs say that they must. So their rights, by Fischer’s premise, are already destroyed.
As I’ve said many times, if they really believed this they would be pushing to allow businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion. But they’re not. Because they’re engaged in special pleading.