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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are about to begin debating the so-called Equality Act — legislation that is a clear and present danger to religious liberty.
The Equality Act would literally force Christians to violate their religious beliefs on issues like marriage and sex. I dig into the proposed legislation on today’s podcast.
“We cannot allow claims of religious freedom to be used to discriminate against an LGBT individual,” Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) said.
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said no institution or person of faith would escape the Orwellian reach of the law and predicted a” catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America.”
“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,” Perkins said.
“Christians will be forced to violate their beliefs if the Equality Act passes,” read a headline on Christian Broadcasting Network.
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) told The Todd Starnes Radio Show that the bill will “erode the First Amendment and totally destroy religious liberties.”
“This is an attempt to silence the Christian voice,” Hice said. “This is going to literally empower the federal government to force people to contrast their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Hice fears Democrats could use the bill, if it becomes law, to “totally totally silence and to some extent potentially even criminalize the Christian voice when it comes to the issue of marriage.”
The Equality Act is expected to pass the House – and there is growing concern Democrats could have the votes in the Senate.
In other words – President Trump’s veto may be the only thing standing between freedom and oppression.