As the Christian right recognizes more and more that it’s losing the battle over equality, the rhetoric gets more hyperbolic and absurd. Tony Perkins sent an email to his terrified followers, from whom he hopes to keep extracting money, telling them that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be just like Nazi Germany.
They’re pushing ENDA again — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which would strip Americans of their religious liberties. No longer will an employer be able to make employment decisions based on what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job. Instead, ENDA will grant special rights and privileges, special power over an employer’s religious convictions, to an entire group of people — simply because of their preference for a certain type of sexual activity.
This is the most perverse distortion of the Constitution of the United States imaginable. And is more likely to impact you personally than ever before. Because ENDA is the federal government forcing a pro-homosexual point of view upon the entire (supposedly “free”) marketplace.
So why doesn’t forbidding discrimination against women or black people or other religions “strip Americans of their religious liberties”? Lots and lots of people have religious objections to hiring or accommodating on those grounds too. Special pleading, anyone?
You enjoy working in a Christian-owned business, for example. It’s a great place to work, a good family-friendly environment. If your company does any work with the federal government, or if you’re a subcontractor to a business holding a federal contract, you could suddenly find that your company’s policies, if they reflect biblical views and values, are considered a violation — and the company could lose that contract. Company revenues plummet. People get laid off. Maybe the company has to close its doors altogether and you are out of work.As businesses are boarded up, whole communities will be affected. But the powerful anti-Christian lobby will dust off their hands: mission accomplished.
ENDA takes the chilling concept of “Big Brother” one diabolical step further . . . to “Big Bully.” The federal government becomes the “enforcer” for liberal activists, driving anyone with a traditional view of natural marriage into the shadows … because of the threat of a federal lawsuit.
You no longer enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom of association. The First Amendment is dead to you — because of your biblical views on the sin of homosexuality.
If the federal government can coerce you to comply with its views . . . cooperate with its policies . . . contribute to its plans for the transformation of America . . .
. . . well, sadly, this looks more and more like totalitarianism. We only have to look back to 1930 in Germany, or the USSR in the 1950s, to see what happens when leaders impose a totalitarian state on the people.
So let me get this straight…an organization that spends nearly all of its time demonizing gay people — you know, the same people that Hitler killed by the (at the very least) tens of thousands — says that not discriminating against those same people will be the second coming of Hitler. Sounds legit.