Equality Act Promises Religious Persecution

God’s people should pray for the Lord to have mercy on America in halting the Equality Act. The following is excerpted from “6 Reasons to Oppose the Orwellian ‘Equality Act,’” PJMedia, Feb. 25, 2021: “On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, ‘The Equality Act.’ Three Republicans joined with every single Democrat to support the bill, which now moves to the Senate. The bill will require 60 votes to pass in the Senate, due to the filibuster. The bill would amend federal law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things. It would expand the arenas in which non-discrimination law applies and explicitly gut religious freedom protections. In true Orwellian fashion, the Democrats have crafted an Equality Act that will promote inequality, enabling the government to privilege LGBT ideology over the Americans who disagree, for religious or other reasons. H.R. 5 explicitly erodes the protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).” The following is excerpted from “The Gay Supremacy Act,” NC Daily Gazette, Feb. 26, 2021: “The hypocrisy of the left couldn’t be more obvious as they attempt to push through a massive bill that would do the very thing they claim they are trying to eliminate–it would undermine the rights of minority groups. H.R.5, dubbed by the left as The Equality Act, should rightfully be renamed the Gay Supremacy Act instead. The purpose of the bill is to make it illegal for minority Christian and conservative groups to hold to their sincere religious beliefs–a guaranteed right in the Constitution–and undermine protections for these groups. The bill argues that homosexuals and other sexually perverse people and their allies are a minority group and are disproportionately discriminated against in the public square. This is simply false. Gays are among the most celebrated group in this perverse society and while most Americans don’t self-identify as LGBTQ, support for them has hit record highs. On the other hand, Christians, particularly, conservative, Bible-believing Christians, are clearly in the minority. Conservatives who hold to a biblical worldview are enslaved to ‘Cancel Culture’ and are unable to voice their opinion on these issues without facing severe repercussions.”

(Friday Church News Notes, March 5, 2021, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143)