Thursday, January 21, 2010

Christian Conservatives Openly Promote Discrimination Despite Biblical Teachings Of Tolerance

I had come across a link on, titled "Stop Obama's Crossdresser Protection Bill" under The Conservative Movement tab.  The source was listed as the Family Research Council.  The link directed me to the Council's website, which claims to defend faith, family, and freedom, but I assume they mean to defend religious-minded families by denying freedoms to others.  Here is the article that they posted on Wednesday, January 6th:
On New Year's Eve, when most Americans were waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, the Obama Administration dropped another bombshell in its agenda to radicalize America by appointing its first openly "transgender" person to a high federal post. "Transgender" is an umbrella term for anyone who "expresses" a "gender identity" contrary to their biological sex at birth-in other words, men who claim to be (and dress as) women, and vice versa.

Mitchell Simpson, a man who had sex-change surgery and now calls himself a woman (named "Amanda"), was appointed as Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. Simpson announced that "as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds."

The day after Simpson began work, The New York Times reported that the main website advertising jobs with the federal government now says there will be no "discrimination" based on "gender identity"-even though Congress has never passed a law saying that.

This new policy applies only to the federal government. But there is a bill being considered in Congress, the so-called "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA), which would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals (by making "sexual orientation" a protected category) and "transgenders" (by protecting "gender identity").

All American employers including Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries would be affected.

"Gender identity disorder" is a recognized mental illness that should be treated-not affirmed and protected. And the right of employers to set "dress and grooming standards" for their employees should include the most basic standard of all-that people dress in a way appropriate for their biological sex.

Don't let Congress and President Obama force American employers to hire homosexuals, transsexuals, and cross-dressers.
If you read what the Family Research Council desire, they want to be able to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexuality because they find acceptance as an assault on their spirituality. What I thought to be interesting was the last paragraph defining "gender identity disorder" as a "mental illness that should be treated," even though the generally accepted method of treatment is to align one's perception of their mental gender identity with their body, generally through physical modification, such as sex reassignment surgery.

The Family Research Council also urges people to sign a petition to prevent the Employment Non-Discrimination Act from becoming law, protecting "Christian owned businesses," even though the legislation only targets "civilian nonreligious employers," but I assume that the point of contention is that Christians will be forced to practice tolerance in the workplace and embrace their fellow humans. From my understanding, organizations such as churches and ministries would be exempt from the law, but that is not enough. Imagine if a major corporation such as Starbucks, Microsoft, or Google decided to refuse employment to all homosexuals or those who would be classified with "gender identity disorder." This is what The Family Research Council wants for America. They want to deny employment based on sexuality. They want to limit marriage based on sexuality. They essentially want to limit freedom based on sexuality.

I had come across this website a while ago called Would Jesus Discriminate? This site contains several examples of positive depictions of homosexuals within the Bible. I find the citations interesting because many "Christians" like to cite the Bible as proof that their discrimination is sanctioned by God, but in reality, it is only because of selective interpretation that these people believe discrimination is fine.

Homosexuality is no longer considered a sexually deviant act, but organizations bent on using religion to back their prejudices would like to argue otherwise. The same argument was once made about slavery and segregation as well. To me, it seems these religious nuts are tainting the good name of Christ to advance their philosophy of hatred.

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