The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has once again been proposed in the United States Congress, pushed by liberals and the LGBT community that would put Christian businesses and Christian organizations in another battle, much like the battle with the Obamacare birth control mandate, VineofLife reported yesterday.
The ENDA is supposed to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees. However, much like the battles being fought against the Obama administration's insistence, this bill will give special rights to men and women who engage in homosexual behavior and will force Christian businesses and organizations to comply.
The VineofLife said, “It forces Christian schools, colleges, businesses, day care facilities, and other organizations to employ people who are homosexual. It will allow homosexual and cross-dressers special privileges in the business arena. Businesses won't be allowed to fire such people even if their behavior hurts them financially. In addition, you will no longer be able to share your faith because it's offensive. In other words, Biblical morality becomes illegal. How’s that for a piece of legislation?”
VineofLife pointed out that this legislation was first proposed in 1994, but has failed to pass each time it was brought up.
“We have a liberal majority, a strong homosexual media, and most importantly a president who supports homosexuality,” said VineofLife.
VineofLife indicated that President Obama’s position on the matter was documented when he spoke of his anti-Christian view by saying to a crowd of homosexuals and activists,“Biblical views on homosexuality are ‘outworn’ and must be discarded.”
Such anti-Christian actions against Christian businesses has begun in some states who have an ENDA law and VineofLife presented a case that occurred in New Mexico when a Christian photography business refused to take pictures of a lesbian couple. The business was subsequently fined $6,637 on top of all legal costs.
The Family Research Center (FRC), a non-profit organization that has advanced faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview, stated that such a law would lead to serious consequences experienced by Christians in Canada where a version of the ENDA Act is already the law.
FRC said, “The evangelical Christian Horizons ministry, committed to extending God's love to developmentally disabled children, dismissed a lesbian employee for lying about her immoral sexual behavior. The woman sued under Ontario's ENDA-type law. The ministry was immediately fined thousands of dollars, plus two years of back pay, and ordered to indoctrinate its Bible-believing employees in the homosexual agenda.”
“In Indiana, a child on a school bus stated her pro-life, pro-marriage beliefs--the bus driver verbally assaulted the girl, demeaning her as "a stupid little bigot"--and the school district defended the bus driver as "working within the scope of her employment. This was a preview of ENDA: government workers empowered to intimidate children who dare express Christian values that conflict with the homosexual agenda.”
The legislative affiliate, FRCAction, of the Family Research Council last Tuesday said, “You probably will not hear much about ENDA in the news. This could give liberal members of Congress the opportunity to move ENDA forward without a lot of noisy opposition. President Obama also could try to enact ENDA-type policies with federal regulations.”