Hattie’s Hangout: The Equality Act Will Not Promote Equality
Sitting now on the Congressional floor is a direct assault to every American’s religious liberties, passing through the House and awaiting its vote in the Senate.
As promised by the Biden administration during its campaign trail, the Equality Act surfaced its way to the Capitol Building within the first 100 days of office. Beneath the layers of deceptive political jargon lies the groundwork for an evasive legislation that curtails religious convictions and ultimately deems religious exemptions as discriminatory.
The Act beckons equality, but surely will reckon discrimination for many.
Proponents for the bill argue the new enforcement of gender identity laws are an extension of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination toward people’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Because of last year’s Supreme Court ruling during Bostock v. Clayton County, the law of protection under the Equality Act would now cover LGBTQ individuals from being refused services based on religious conviction.
The first amendment protects the freedom of religion, but the Equality Act makes me wonder if the politicians behind the egregious bill left their constitutions in the trash, throwing order to the wayside the moment they sieged control.
On the surface, people wave their rainbow-colored flags glorifying inclusion, but this totalitarian overreach will force all members of the public to the secular world’s definition of what gender is, subjecting anyone who disagrees to legal punishment.
In case we forgot, Genesis 1:27 makes the gender question very clear stating, “so God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
The idea of gender identity spawns out of a sinful disillusionment of this truth. Satan has a grip on culture, and we are seeing the rotten fruit of a lost society. Now a man can make himself a woman, and everyone must play along with it as he plays on a women’s sports team. If you object, the culture cries “bigotry.”
Females and pre-born children stand as the biggest losers of the Equality Act, opening the door for transgender men to participate in female sports and increase abortion funding. Under President Biden’s pick for the Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra, the Equality Act will further pro-abortion legislation, administering them under the umbrella of healthcare.
We have allowed the rainbow, a symbol of God’s promise, to become the battle flag for a group that hates God’s truth.
If passed, those who live out their conviction on the Bible should expect the bullying shadow of progressive ideologies knocking at their door. The scrutiny Colorado baker Jack Philips faced after denying a customized wedding cake to a homosexual couple will now be the standard, not the exception.
“The Equality Act would expand that to cover federally funded programs, as well as ‘public accommodations’ — a broad category including retail stores and stadiums, for example,” according to NPR, likening the act of racial discrimination to gender identity.
If one believed nothing this radical would ever be accepted in the U.S., you must wake up. The years of passively hiding from the secular culture have now caught up.
For years, this legislation was masked as another advancement toward an accepting and tolerant culture, but the real detriments of this progressive thinking should have anyone who cares about the basic preservations of first amendment rights speaking up and out.
Christians losing the battle on culture got us to this point, now we must act.
Hattie Troutman is the Editor-in-Chief. Follow her on Twitter at @hattrout.