- The Democrats have projected many frightening bills during
this session of Congress. At least four have been defeated and several
seem to be set aside as a result of public outcry. Yet, the two most dangerous,
the federal hate crimes bill S.A. 2067 and ENDA, the Employment Non-discrimination
Act of 2007 (H.R. 2015), top the list of Democratic "must pass"
- On Sept. 5, a House of Representatives' subcommittee
held hearings on ENDA. Another subcommittee is diligently preparing it
for an imminent vote.
- Family Research Council says the bill:
- would radically transform the workplace discrimination
law by granting special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals - while
ignoring those of employers... Although in its present form churches wouldn't
be forced to hire homosexuals, any of their sponsored organizations, such
as schools, nursing homes, adoption agencies, soup kitchens, and summer
camps could no longer refuse to hire homosexuals simply because the behavior
violates the group's core doctrine. Instead, faith-based programs would
have to publicly outline which "religious tenets" they consider
significant, marking an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government
to religious freedom. 1
- In other words, it would be up to a judge
to determine what aspects of the ministry would be protected from homosexuals'
intrusion and which would not. Pray that your church will not be assigned
a pro-homosexual judge! Your church might merit no protection from sodomites
who demand to be hired, even as clergy!
- Homosexuals Fight Harder than Pastors
- Last fall, Oregon passed S.B. 2, virtually
identical to ENDA. Oregon joins some 18 states which, to varying degrees,
ban the "bias crime" of discriminating against homosexuals and
trans-genders in hiring or firing. Oregon's law would have forced churches
to hire homosexuals in all "non-spiritual" positions, such as
secretaries, janitors, bookstore employees, etc. Huge opposition from
churches in Oregon, while not defeating S.B. 2, pressured liberal legislators
to compromise. At the last moment churches were exempted from having to
hire homosexual staff. A referendum campaign to overthrow S.B. 2 was launched,
largely under the leadership of Oregon-based Renew America. Sadly, its
director, David Crowe, reports that support of Oregon evangelicals for
a referendum has largely collapsed. Some pastors actually discourage distribution
of the recall petition in their churches as too controversial, possibly
- How well I understand such a man-fearing policy,
having grieved under such restrictions in many Oregon churches I have attended
over the past 54 years! Why so grieved? Because the Bible is directed of
divine truth about the greatest issues of life -- issues which are primarily
moral, not political. These include: "Who created life?" "When
does human personhood begin?" "Why does God restrict marriage
to one man and one woman?" Yet many evangelical pastors in Oregon
forbid public advocacy in their congregations of the Biblical creationist
perspective, or opposition to abortion or homosexuality. Rising far above
their God-given authority, they prohibit any distribution of literature
or petitions concerning these pivotal moral issues. They want a "positive,
non-controversial" message which will offend no one. As a result of
stifling discussion for fear of getting involved with "politics,"
church leadership have made their churches vulnerable to militant homosexuals
who are not afraid of controversy and will fight for what they want. Now
possessing a good chance of invading churches by legal decree in the years
ahead, such defiling of the Christian sanctuary will be an ultimate Satanic
- Oregon is not alone in revealing such spiritual
cowardice and dereliction of duty from the pulpits. The history of the
whole evangelical movement for the past half century is that of loving
respectability and "positive thinking" more than God and His
whole gospel, truth, and justice. Since they have not rebuked and resisted
sin when it could still be held back, evil quickly fills the vacuum of
authority, assuming ascendancy.
- In the place of Christian moral leadership,
unspeakable evil now threatens to take control. In Congress, liberals and
homosexuals under the pro-homosexual direction of the Anti-Defamation League
of B'nai B'rith want a federal gay rights workplace bias crime law for
the same reason they want a federal "anti-hate" law: because
of its exponential powers to persecute and weaken Christianity nationwide.
Defenders of freedom must protest these two bills because the future of
Christian civilization depends on it!
- To protest ENDA: call toll-free 1-877-851-6437
(toll: 202-225-3121) and tell your House member, "Please don't vote
for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, H.R. 2015. It is I, not homosexuals,
who have the right to determine whom I employ or rent my apartment to."
- TO protest the hate crimes bill, call the
same numbers and say, "Please don't vote for Senator Kennedy's hate
crimes amendment, S.A. 2067. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada
and many European countries."
- If massive opposition erupts against ENDA,
there's a good possibility the President will veto ENDA just as he promised
to veto the hate bill. Yes, many are apathetic. But there is very much
cause for encouragement! In repeated victories on the federal level this
year, persistent protest by a vocal minority of salty Christian/conservatives
have proven that, with God's help, we can save freedom. From the time of
Gideon to the Founding Fathers of our republic, and even in the case of
evil revolutions, such as the Bolshevik in Russia in 1917, the record is
clear: A tiny determined minority, not the indifferent masses, often determine
the great events of history.
- It is vital now that Republican House members
hear from you in protest of ENDA. They must realize that, just as with
the hate bill, you expect them to put up a fight in committees and on the
floor of the House. If the protest is loud enough in Congress, even the
White House will hear the roar!
- 1. Tony Perkins' Washington Update, "They're Baaaaaaaaack!"
Sept. 5, 2007, <http://www.frc.org/>www.frc.org.