The “Equality Act,” which infringes upon freedom of speech and religious freedom, just passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
As reported by Washington Post, the Equality Act was passed by the House on Thursday by a margin of 224 votes in favor of the legislation, and 206 votes against the legislation.
A pro-LGBT group, the Human Rights Campaign explains, “Additionally, there are two areas of civil rights law that do not currently prohibit sex discrimination, and therefore are not covered by Bostock–all federally funded programs and public spaces and services. The Equality Act adds sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity to these sections of the Civil Rights Act. The law covering public spaces and services is also sorely outdated, and the Equality Act updates that law to strengthen protections for everyone.”
According to Alliance Defending Freedom– a faith-based legal group– the so-called “Equality Act” would force religious institutions to conform with the LGBT agenda. The bill would forbid “public spaces” (including religious institutions) from distinguishing between the sexes, it would force religious business owners to violate their conscience, and it would punish speech that goes against the LGBT agenda. Not to mention, this could greatly harm women’s sports, allowing biological men to compete against women. The Equality Act would also have dire consequences for schools that hold to traditional values, forcing them to comply with state-given mandates.
The Equality Act must first go through the Senate before being enacted nationwide, meaning an uphill battle for Democrats. As explained by Fox News, this legislation must be passed by 60 votes in the Senate, and there are currently 50 Republican Senators. This means that Democrats would have to flip multiple Republican Senators to vote in favor of the Equality Act. However, this isn’t completely out of the question. Fox News reports that three House Republicans– Rep. Reed (NY), Rep. Katko (NY), and Rep. Fitzpatrick (PA)– strayed from party lines to vote in favor of passing this legislation.
Joe Biden tweeted in favor of the Equality Act, throwing the support of the presidency behind the bill. He wrote, “Transgender rights are human rights — and the House made that clear today by passing the Equality Act. Now it’s time for the Senate to do the same.”
Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Church, in which he assured the church that the state would not interfere with their affairs. “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ʺmake no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,ʺ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” He wrote, “Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments…”
Jefferson sought to preserve religious liberty with his “wall” between church and state. It would appear that those on the left have forgotten about the separation between church and state, which they so often championed no more than a decade ago.
The freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the freedom of conscience are the most sacred of rights to be protected. The course of American history has been directed toward creating a more perfect union, in which these rights are to be completely protected and equally applied. The United States has not come so far, only to destroy the ends for which it was created. Let us not destroy the high principles towards which we aspire. Let us protect and cherish the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, the pillars of a free society.