Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, told the “Todd Starnes Show” Tuesday that the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ ruling on Monday made the court look like an “uber-Legislative body,” not a judicial one.
The Supreme Court—in a 6-to-3 ruling—said Title VII in the 1964 Civil Rights Act includes gay and transgender workers. Faith-based employers, like schools, are now concerned about their ability to continue to practice and defend their religious freedom.
“To take the word ‘sex,’ which was the definition of biological sex, male and female, and do what the Legislature—the Congress—refused to do over the past 45 years and changing that term, to basically say that it means anything.”
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Perkins said that the decision sets up a “collision course” between religious freedom and these ever-changing definitions of sex.
Todd Starnes, the host of the radio show, said he read Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent and said it appears that the ruling opens up the possibility of a “tsunami of lawsuits” against churches and Christian businesses whose hiring practices are in line with the Bible’s teachings on sex and marriage.
“This is a Pandora’s Box,” Perkins said. “This case has opened that up to where you will have litigation and each one of those cases will end up going before the courts and the onus is going to be on the religious employer.”
Perkins warned that the ruling will be used “like a club” to beat Christians and other people of faith into submission to these new guidelines on gender.
Starnes pointed out that it was Justice Neil Gorsuch, 52, who the New York Times called a “profoundly conservative jurist,” who helped pave the way for the ruling. Gorsuch replaced Justice Antonin Scalia.
“In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee’s sex when deciding to fire that employee,” Justice Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion, according to the Times. “We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”
Franklin Graham, who leads Samaritan’s Purse, told the paper that there is “no question” the ruling “is going to make it harder to defend our religious freedom, as far as an organization being able to hire people of like mind.”
“I find this to be a very sad day,” he said.