It is an attack on parental rights, women's sports, but to the millions of people of faith in this country, it is an egregious attack on the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. It would position the government to lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, dictating potentially who they hire, how their facilities are used and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching.
No institution or person of faith, be it school, church, synagogues, mosque, business, or nonprofit will escape the Orwellian reach of the Equality Act. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act will be committed to the "memory hole," and we will then experience a catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America. - Hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) lying about the Equality Act.
On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil rights legislation which already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, or natural origin. Interestingly enough, no one says that there should be a religious exemption for discrimination with regards to these latter categories. They feel differently about sexual orientation and gender. Tony Perkins and his group the Family Research Council (whose brand has encompassed attacking and demonizing the LGBTQ community since its founding) and other anti-LGBTQ groups and supporters have been sounding the alarm like they always do when pro-LGBTQ laws or actions are considered.
Its their consistent modus operandi to attempt to scare other Americans that we are coming for them, their rights, their freedom, their religion, or their children. Even though they know that if the House passes the Equality Act, it has very little chance even getting a vote in the Senate, Perkins and company still won't miss an opportunity to fundraise and scare people about the "dreaded homosexual horde." They've done it so many times in the past.
Whether it was about allowing the gays to serve openly in the Boy Scouts:
Hate crimes legislation (which they claimed would cause pastors to be arrested in the pulpit and the Bible to be declared "hate speech):
Marriage equality (they accused us of "targeting marriage")
And last but certain not least, the most powerful accusation in the anti-LGBTQ industry's arsenal - the accusation that we want children. If all else fails them, they fall back on the fear of children being exposed to the LGBTQ community even a little bit:
One would think that after all of these years and accusations, attention would be focused on the hysterical predictions lodged against the LGBTQ community by people like Perkins and groups like FRC; predictions which have not come true. LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes legislation hasn't led to pastors being arrested or silenced or the Bible being declared as hate speech. Marriage equality is legal and the institution of marriage is still intact. We don't take over towns nor have children been "recruited" or harmed for simply being aware of the LGBTQ folks. And allowing transgender men and women to be themselves have not harmed children in the least.
So why should anyone believe that the Equality Act will rain all of that predicted misery on America? The simple answer is that it won't. The Equality Act is about fairness. Simple fairness. Perhaps there needs to be less time devoted to making the LGBTQ community explain why we deserve equality and instead more time devoted to making the anti-LGBTQ industry answer for its dismal record of negative predictions.