I have warned that the last line of defense for the pro-family movement and champions of Biblical truth regarding sexual perversion (other than the intervention of Almighty God) is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Now, in the wake of the “gay marriage” disaster, comes the LGBT’s secret weapon to destroy our First Amendment protections. It is called the Federal Equality Act [Senate, S-1858, House, H.R. 3185] and it already has alarmingly strong support in both houses of congress.
The “Equality Act” should be called the “Gaystapo Empowerment Act” because if passed, it will give homosexual activists and their allies the legal power to attack and punish Christians and other pro-family advocates in virtually every sphere of American life. The trampling of Christian bakers, florists, bed and breakfast hotel owners, etc., that we’re seen this far will instantly transform from a few disturbing anomalies to the “new normal” for nearly everyone who wants to live according to God’s law and values. This handful of examples of anti-Christian homo-fascism we have watched with dismay would quickly explode into thousands.
The Equality Act is a federal version of the same sexual orientation anti-discrimination policies that now operate in 14 states and hundreds of municipalities as tools of LGBT social engineering. I have written that these sexual orientation regulations (SORs) are the seed that contains the entire tree of the homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit. Once implanted, the rest of the LGBT agenda follows like clockwork.
SORs are far more dangerous than “gay marriage” because they define disapproval of homosexuality as immoral and illegal — effectively criminalizing Christian actions in conformity with the Bible. These SORs are always sold initially as protections for homosexuals in housing and employment — appealing to Americans’ sense of fairness and tolerance. First there is no evidence of any such discrimination in America and hasn’t been for at least 20 years (except in churches and Christian schools, where it is appropriate and necessary). But second and more importantly, once enacted these SORs are NOT limited to housing and employment but are enforced as a blanket prohibition on ALL dissent from the LGBT agenda.
This is in fact how the “gays” ultimately took down the Boy Scouts of America, despite the fact that the BSA was protected by a SCOTUS [Supreme Court] ruling (Dale vs. Boy Scouts of America) recognizing its right to discriminate against homosexuals both in the ranks and in leadership. Post-Dale, the BSA stood strong during more than a decade of constant extreme harassment by the “gays,” but was finally taken down when these agitators began harassing the BSA’s big corporate donors with the accusation that contributions to the Boy Scouts violated their own internal anti-discrimination policies. Once the corporations indicated they would pull their financial support, the BSA caved. Again, these are corporate SORs ostensibly adopted to protect homosexual from being fired solely because of their self-identification as “gay” or lesbian, but which are enforced as blanket prohibitions on all dissent from LGBT positions or goals.
Consider the implications of this if SORs become federal law binding on all the agencies and operations of the federal government.
-Will the FCC deny broadcast licenses to Christian broadcasters?
-Will the IRS deny 501(c)(3) status to pro-family non-profits?
-Will the State Department deny travel visas to pro-family speakers and missionaries?
-Will the Post-Office confiscate mail that displays pro-family messages?
-Will Christian federal employees who refuse to be silenced be fired en-masse?
Is there any area of American life in which the federal government does not have the ability to intrude itself? Is there any reason to believe that this federal government under lawless Obama would hesitate for a moment to maximize the implementation of this abuse of power as rapidly as possible — even well beyond the legal limits?
And who would we turn to to stop him? The same SCOTUS that just invented a constitutional “right” to “gay marriage” from nothing and applied it to all of the states through the 14th Amendment?
Friends, we’ve been on a roller-coaster ride of all-out assault on America’s Biblical values for many years and I‘ve been sitting in the front seat for most of that time. I was Oregon Citizens’ Alliance Communications Director in 1992 and again in 1994 for OCA’s (narrowly defeated) No Special Rights campaigns which would have stopped the LGBT agenda cold. Colorado managed to pass its own version of our No Special Rights Act (Amendment 2) that SCOTUS struck down in Romer v Evans (1996).
Justice Anthony Kennedy revealed himself as a stalwart homosexualist by declaring in his majority opinion that Colorado’s denial of minority status based on sexual conduct did not encompass a legitimate state interest and thus did not warrant the normal constitutional analysis (that would certainly have upheld the validity of Amendment 2 since homosexuals could not meet the three pronged test for being a civil rights minority: immutability, a history of societal discrimination and political powerlessness).
Then in the next major battle, my law partner Rich Ackerman and I filed the only petition to SCOTUS asking it NOT to take the Lawrence v Texas case in 2003, knowing that if they did so, it could only be for the purpose of striking down the sodomy laws, which Justice Kennedy did happily, going well beyond a narrow ruling to actually strike down the 1986 Bowers v Hardwick case which had recognized the right of states to regulate sexual conduct in the public interest (unleashing sexual anarchy on the nation). In Lawrence, Kennedy said openly his purpose was to “remove the stigma” from homosexuality in America, and also stated that “public morality cannot be the basis for law.”
Lawrence was the springboard for the first “gay marriage” law in 2004 (Massachusetts) and set the stage for Obergefell. I relocated to Massachusetts in 2008 to create our mission model for re-Christianizing post-Christian cities and in 2014 ran for Governor to uphold the Biblical standard there. My residence there made it possible for the “gays” to bring the still-pending federal “Crimes Against Humanity” lawsuit against me in perhaps the only jurisdiction in America where it wouldn’t be immediately laughed out of court.
Now, facing the potential passage of the Equality Act, I wonder if me or my organization, Abiding Truth Ministries, will be among the first targets of its over-reach. For the first time in my pro-family missionary career, I’m genuinely concerned ATM’s ability speak freely in America may soon be curtailed — under threat of legal penalties, perhaps even criminal charges. The “gays” are moving with lightning speed to consolidate their power and their motives are not benign.
On my 5-stage scale of the LGBT takeover of a society (tolerance, acceptance, celebration, forced participation and punishment of dissenters) Obergefell represents the establishment of Stage 4 as constitutional law. The Equality Act will usher in Stage 5 on a grand scale.
“[In the contest of SORs and the First Amendment] Sexual liberty should win in
most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner”
… “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
That, my friends, is the chilling reality we would face under the “Equality” Act, but not just in the employment context but every facet of American life within reach of the federal government, and not just affecting religious freedom, but freedom of speech as well.
For my part, I’m having a hard time coming up with any scenario in which American Christians escape widespread institutional discrimination and persecution before the end of Obama’s term office if this congress passes the Equality Act. I urge everyone to speak out against it while we yet may.
Dr. Scott Lively
Dr. Scott Lively is the founder and president of Defend the Family International and has been since 1997. An attorney, pastor and human-rights consultant, he has promoted and defended the biblical view of marriage and family in more than 30 countries. He is the author of five books, including "The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party
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