Conservative Christians panic after President Joe Biden signs a sweeping executive order protecting and promoting rights for LGBTQ people, claiming the new executive order “effectively targets people of faith.”
Concerning the new executive order, The Washington Post reports:
On his first day in office, President Biden issued a sweeping executive order making it clear that gay and transgender people are protected against discrimination in schools, health care, the workplace and other realms of American life.
Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.
While simply affirming basic human rights for LGBTQ people should be non-controversial, many conservative Christians are taking it as an assault on their faith.
For example, Tony Perkins, President of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, declared:
President Biden’s executive order effectively targets people of faith and faith-based organizations that provide social services that are even more vital in the midst of a pandemic. Now, those who hold to biological reality and the doctrines of the world’s major religions will be forced to violate their consciences, or even lose a government contract. Ultimately, if this executive order is able to be fully carried out, it will affect everyday Americans who hold biblical and conservative values…
For the record, if your “values” justify discrimination and bigotry, it’s time to find some new values. Full stop.
Bottom line: Conservative Christians panic after President Joe Biden signs a sweeping executive order protecting and promoting rights for LGBTQ people.