With the Wyoming session over, I want to address one of the gravest threats to Religious Liberty we have ever faced as American Citizens. This threat attained warp speed while we were working hard in Wyoming.
In February of this year, H.R. 5 was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation has been ironically named the “Equality Act.” I say ironically because it renders us unequal by declaring that some people or beliefs deserve special privileges over others.
As Christians we must be clear about this, “That all men are created Equal” is the “self-evident truth” to which our founders appealed as they established our nation. Establishing equality for all men, regardless of race, was a root cause of the Civil War. 620,000 American soldiers were killed outright in battle or died of disease as they fought to determine the scope of our promised equality.
Equality is the heartbeat of the American experiment, but we must define equality and talk about how equality works in civil government.
For most Americans, equality is defined as treating everyone as equal under the law and ensuring equality of opportunity. But sadly, some have a different and far more insidious definition of “equality”. The new definition declares that some causes and new rights are of greater value than others. In the case of H.R. 5, progressive views of human sexuality trump common-sense policy and fundamental freedoms.
What does this look like in practice? Take a Christian baker, who is willing to sell cakes to anyone who walks into his bakery but reserves the right to only make specialty cakes that do not conflict with his Christian beliefs. The new definition of “equality” declares that the right to his beliefs is secondary or of lesser value compared to the rights of the person who wants him to make a cake in violation of his beliefs.
Furthermore, H.R. 5 directly attacks the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” showing even more clearly that the intent is to make some viewpoints “more equal” than others. The bill states, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.” In other words, if sex or gender is at issue – this federal statute meant to protect your religious freedom may not apply.
Clearly, two views of Equality are on the table. The traditional American views says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”. It says that it makes most sense for girls and boys to have their own sports teams. It says that God made us male and female and some of our everyday practices naturally acknowledge that.
The other view is H.R. 5, which is currently in the U.S. Senate.
For true equality,