Dems' bill would be 'catastrophic' for people of faith

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Equality Act and DemocratsConservatives continue to speak out against the Equality Act, a controversial piece of legislation that opponents argue is not only deceptively named and antithetical to religious freedom, but also would be detrimental to women's equality, privacy, and safety.

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) was introduced in the House by Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) on February 18, 2021. The next day, President Joe Biden released this statement in support of H.R. 5: "I applaud Congressman David Cicilline and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus for introducing the Equality Act in the House of Representatives yesterday, and I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation."

One week after H.R. 5 was introduced, the House approved it by a vote of 224-206, with three Republicans joining the Democratic majority. It has been with the Senate Judiciary Committee since mid-March.

The Inequality Act (Decision Magazine)A catastrophe in the making

Supporters of the measure claim it would help eradicate discrimination in society. But groups like Family Research Council and American Family Association – and individuals like Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research – differ with that argument.

"The Equality Act, as constructed, would eviscerate women. It basically removes women from being a thing [in society]," says Danhof. "Protections for Americans of faith are gone if this becomes law."

He continues: "Not that long ago Barack Obama was president – and he said religious freedom is a fundamental right that we must protect because it's part of our human dignity. Joe Biden was vice president at that time – and we're at the point now where we want to eviscerate that."

In its April 2021 issue, Decision magazine – a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association – labeled the legislation "The Inequality Act" (see image) and argued the impact on churches and believers would be "catastrophic."

Corporate backing …

Danhof – whose responsibilities include interactions with corporations about their policies – confronted Capital One executives last week about the company's support of the Equality Act.

"They proudly proclaimed that they do support the Equality Act, and they support it in full," he says. "Four-hundred other major corporations are pushing to get the Equality Act over the hurdles in Washington, DC. [Those companies are] now to the political left of Barack Obama, who, up until this administration, was probably the most left-wing president in American history. Think about that."

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