'Progressive' churches on board with pro-LGBTQ Equality Act

Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

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Several of America's mainline denominations are rejecting God's Word and supporting legislation that elevates LGBTQ policies above Scripture regarding the sin of homosexuality.

Almost immediately upon stepping into the Oval Office, President Joe Biden began pushing the Democrat-sponsored Equality Act (HR 5). Since then, the United States House of Representative has passed the controversial bill – and it now awaits a U.S. Senate vote.

Embracing the social gospel over God's gospel

Despite its misleading title – which alludes to championing civil rights – the bill is devised to give individuals identifying as part of the LGBTQ community the same protected rights and privileges of racial minorities. While some churches remain wary, mainline Protestant denominations are jumping on board to promote the legislation that attacks biblical teachings on human sexuality.

"[The Equality Act] has the support of the Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and United Methodist public policy offices," James Diddams reveals in his Juicy Ecumenism blog. "Roman Catholic and Baptist officials have expressed concern that the legislation would single out behavior for special protection, rather than persons with innate traits such as race, biological sex, or disability."

Diddams contends the agencies for the Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and UCC groups appear to care more about appealing to the LGBTQ community than protecting Americans' religious freedoms that the proposed law would take away.

"Extra protections for sexual orientation could come at the expense of religious and ideological freedom to disagree with queer ideologies," Diddams notes in his piece for The Institute for Religion & Democracy. "The bill is specifically designed to overrule the Religious Freedom Restoration Act [RFRA] to make it clear that religious conscience is no defense against the progressive agenda."

Queen James BibleThe progressive churches evidently see nothing wrong with the following policies that go against God's order:

  • Christians in the workplace being forced to perform services against their sincerely held religious beliefs
  • Hospitals being forced to perform sex-change operations
  • Biological males being allowed into female restrooms and locker rooms and to compete in women's/girls' sports
  • Parents being stripped of their rights to keep their children from having sex-transforming treatments

Unthinkable

Freedom for All Americans, an LGBTQ activism organization, announced that the four mainline denominations are backing the passage and enforcement of the Equality Act – instead of firmly standing on biblical doctrine. This was confirmed by the public policy arm of the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church.

"The Episcopal Church fully supports people of all sexual orientations and gender identities as children of God and recognizes their entitlement to full civil rights," the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations stated. "[The] Convention has supported similar efforts to the Equality Act, such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which proposed including sexual orientation and gender identity-based protections in federal employment law."

Leadership in the Lutheran Church is also a huge political supporter of the Equality Act. "We applaud this historic legislation and are encouraged as it moves us towards a government that protects and promotes the equal rights of every person," ELCA advocacy director Rev. Amy E. Reumann expressed.

Supporting pro-LGBTQ legislation is nothing new for the United Methodist Church, which saw its government relations agency – the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) – publicly support the Equality Act in 2019, when it passed the House before the Senate turned it down.

More than a decade ago, the Episcopal Church fully backed legislation calling for those identifying as transgender to have additional legal protections.

"[The] General Convention passed four resolutions supporting the lives and ministries of transgender people both within and outside the church – two of which urged support of transgender equality at the federal, state and municipal levels," the Episcopal Office of Government Relations announced in 2009.

In fact, the four "progressive" denominations have been backing pro-LGBTQ policies well before the Obama administration attempted to normalize homosexual behavior – when same-sex "marriage" became legalized from coast to coast with the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.

"Though framed in a language of tolerance for those who are different, the bill is actually authoritarian in its legal delegitimization of anyone holding allegedly backward views of biological sex and gender," Diddams concluded. "Even on the basis of pluralism, the bill is indefensible, [as] after all, in a pluralistic society, LGBTQ people and traditional Christians would be free to go their own ways – so long as they don't interfere with each other. Instead, with this bill, there is only one defensible viewpoint."

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