Because freedom can't protect itself
Why should churches be protected from the consequences of their bigotry? What will it take for our lawmakers to stand up to the ignorance spewed by religious leaders? Their preaching on homosexuality is rejected by mainstream medical and psychological communities as potentially harmful to LGBT people. We all know the devastating toll suicide takes on LGBT youth who struggle with their sexuality. Why would we ignore this sad reality and support the right of any organization to drive these kids further into despair? They must be told in no uncertain terms that our laws will not grant exemptions for religious ideas that are harmful to others.This is a human rights issue, not a religious one. If they want to hate, they should hate at their own risk.
Why should churches be protected from the consequences of their bigotry? What will it take for our lawmakers to stand up to the ignorance spewed by religious leaders? Their preaching on homosexuality is rejected by mainstream medical and psychological communities as potentially harmful to LGBT people. Why would we ignore this reality and support the right of any organization to discriminate? They must be told in no uncertain terms that our laws will not grant exemptions for religious ideas that are harmful to others.This is a human rights issue, not a religious one. If they want to hate, they should hate at their own risk.
Why does the everyday person have to continously have to listen to the lgbt people cry about everything? I have many gay friends that are getting fed up with the whiners also.
Only an attorney would try to pass off this sort of category, emotionally driven drivel as reasoned argument:
" In both 1964 and 1972, there were attempts to create a blanket exemption in the civil rights law for religious organizations to allow them to discriminate in hiring on the basis of not only religion, but also race, sex, and national origin. Yet, both times, Congress limited the exemption provided to these organizations was to an ability to prefer members of their own faith, and rejected kind of blank check to discriminate that ENDA would give these organizations with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity in 2013."
Being black, female, or British does not imply specific behavioral choices that, according to the precepts of many faiths, carry specific moral implications, as does sexual orientation. Religious organizations should not have to employ anyone whose open lifestyle choices are antithetical to its religious teachings.
This is getting freaking ridiculous, we finally have a law that will protect LGBT members from being fired for being gay, but you are now having a fit about the small amount of places that can discriminate. We should really just get over it, these places have the right to religious freedom and according to their religious freedom they disagree with homosexuality. So if they choose to run THEIR business that way , then that is their choice and they are well in their rights to run an organization in that way. You guys seem to miss the real issue here. The issue is that we have a society that thinks they have the right not to be offended. If you get discriminated against, don't go there, and make sure people know what kind of organization they are. That is the only thing we can really do in this situation. Religious freedom gives them the ability to run their places in the way they seem fit. If you have a problem with that go some where else. If you mess with their ability to express religious freedom then you are opening a can of worms that will go on forever. The real issue here is two free speech rights that clash. This is not a battle that is easily won. You can triumph without trumping over someone's free speech on this one.
Yes, narrow religious exemptions from ENDA. Because who really gives a care about the First Amendment? I have turned down many jobs in my lifetime because they would require me to work on the Sabbath. Certainly, I could have pushed it legally to FORCE them to allow me to take Sabbath off, but I decided that it would not benefit me to set up an adversarial situation with an employer, and I also realized that if they were of a mind to act that way to begin with, then I didn't want to work for them. Why in the WORLD would LGBTs want to put themselves in such a situation?
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