Tony Perkins is lying, which means this must be a day that ends in Y. This time the lie is about a new poll that shows the exact opposite of what he claims it shows. And he uses that lie to spin a tale of Obama using executive orders to overrun the will of the people.
No wonder the President had to resort to an executive order on special treatment for homosexuals. Turns out, the American people aren’t nearly supportive of his agenda as the media led us to believe. In a Huffington Post poll, only 50% of Americans support an ENDA-type (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) law, which gives preference to homosexuals and transgenders in the workplace. Congress had been reluctant to act on ENDA, and now we see that leaders are more in line with the majority of Americans than the President, which jumped ahead of the legislative branch to impose those rules on federal contractors. So much for the groundswell of support for measures that crush the constitutional freedoms of both employers and employees. Most people apparently think the current anti-discrimination statutes are strong enough.
The poll had three questions. Even on the one most favorable to his argument (Would you favor or oppose a law prohibiting job discrimination by employers against gays and lesbians?), the result was 50% in favor of such a law and 38% opposed. So even the number he cites doesn’t support his claim. But the second question shows just how completely he got this wrong:
Do you think it should be legal or illegal for an employer to fire someone for being gay or lesbian?
Not sure: 12%
Only 12% agree with him that prohibiting a business from firing someone for being gay would “crush the constitutional freedoms of both employers and employees” (employees? WTF?. Even if you counted every undecided person on their side, it’s a whopping 3-1 margin against his position. And if most Americans “think the current anti-discrimination statutes are strong enough,” it’s only because only 14% of respondents know that anti-gay discrimination is not prohibited nationally.
He’s lying. It’s what he does. How else can you keep the money flowing in?
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