Members of CHANGED speak to the press prior to meeting with leaders on Capitol Hill.
I wish you could’ve been with me to see Nancy Pelosi’s face this week.
I know – you probably see enough of her on cable news! But, trust me, this was very different.
You see, I spent the week interacting with members of Congress and their staff, but it was far from the normal set of meetings on the Hill. I was with a group of people called the CHANGED Movement. It’s a grassroots organization of “rainbow crossers” – formerly LGBT-identifying individuals who have found their identity in Christ and no longer struggle with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.
We went to D.C. to let lawmakers know that the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) – along with a related bill called “Fairness for All” – demean and disregard the “Changed.” That’s because it outlaws their stories – in therapy, schools, and public spaces – as hate speech.
We also explained that these bills demean and disregard people of faith by prohibiting them from exercising their beliefs in their businesses, churches and even families.
Lastly – and this is why I was along – these bills demean and disregard Blacks. I joined CHANGED in D.C. to explain to our leaders exactly why these bills demean and disregard my people.
This was my message – whether they wanted to hear it or not.
The Equality Act (and the so-called “Fairness for All”) isn’t stand-alone legislation. It is a proposal to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” as a protected class (right alongside “race”) to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
But my skin color is not fluid. It’s not a result of personal expression. It’s not an attraction or feeling.
It’s an immutable characteristic – unchangeable and inherent. My skin color is the very reason the British and then American governments engaged in centuries-long, systemic oppression against the people of Africa. This is our history:
Our people were KIDNAPPED from their country and FORCED into a lifetime of SLAVERY in America.
They were TRADED for goods and SOLD.
Slave families were not recognized by the government, so their marriages were PROHIBITED – their children STOLEN.
It took a CIVIL WAR and the BLOOD of hundreds of thousands of Americans to free them from their chains.
Even then, after the Northerners won the war and all slaves were declared free, too many state governments continued to ensure the subjugation of Blacks by passing deeply racist “Jim Crow Laws” and overlooking lawless lynchings.
Out of this pain and degradation, the Black Civil Rights movement was born, and our people united across the nation to claim our God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that is why we have the 1964 Civil Rights Act – an extraordinary remedy for extraordinary atrocities.
After giving this summary, I then asked representative after representative, senator after senator, this question:
Why then should the LGBT-identifying individual – whose children have never been sold, whose bodies have never been dehumanized to that of property – hijack the astounding victory of the Civil Rights Act to protect them from harms they have never suffered, to remedy evils they have never experienced?
None were able to provide an answer. Not one.
The 1964 Civil Rights Act was not enacted against the backdrop of national protests and hate-driven assassinations so that activists could force every baker in America to create cakes for same-sex weddings. It was not enacted to force private citizens, churches and faith-based businesses to bend to the will of the government.
I hope my words prompted both Republicans and Democrats who voted for the Equality Act to take a long, hard look at this misguided effort to hijack the history of Black Americans.
As for Nancy Pelosi – unlike many others, I didn’t get to give her my full presentation. She figured out who we were and what we were there for, and she made a quick exit. But still, you should’ve seen her face!
Family Policy Alliance® will continue to oppose the misguided Equality Act and Fairness for All legislation pushed by Speaker Pelosi because the Gospel of Jesus Christ still has the power to radically transform lives—just ask those who are Changed.
We hope you will continue to join us in ensuring that those who have been Changed aren’t silenced and the Gospel continues to be free for all in America.
Stephanie Curry, Esq.
There is currently a concerted effort to legalize prostitution in our nation’s capital. The Council of the District of Columbia’s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held a hearing last week to consider the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019.” As innocuous as it sounds, this legislation would fully decriminalize prostitution in Washington, D.C., including sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping. The legislation is extreme in both its scope and its destructive consequences if passed.
The negative consequences of legalizing prostitution are well-known from other cities and countries that have passed such laws: more girls, boys, and women are exploited, violence against those bought and sold for sex increases, and sex trafficking surges. Rather than protect the vulnerable and exploited, decriminalizing prostitution protect pimps (the people who sell other human beings) and Johns (the people who buy other human beings for sex).
Thankfully, awareness of both the causes and effects of prostitution is increasing across the country. Americans are starting to wake up to our highly sexualized culture and ask what can and must be done to stem the tide.
Pornography is a known cause of prostitution and human sex trafficking. Exposure to pornography is the number one driver for people — primarily men — to buy sex. Many women who have escaped from prostitution recount their experience being forced to perform acts that their buyers had seen in porn.
As a result of this awareness and evidence, 16 states have passed resolutions that declare pornography a public health crisis in the past three years. Family Policy Foundation’s Statesmen Academy alumnus Rep. Jena Powell is now leading the effort to make Ohio the 17th state to pass such a resolution. These anti-pornography resolutions rightly recognize the destruction of pornography on the human brain, consumers and their families, and society as a whole.
But as states take action to curb the harmful effects of pornography — and by extension, sex trafficking and prostitution — It is imperative that our nation’s capital not become a global sex destination by decriminalizing prostitution.
Take action now by sending the entire Washington, D.C. City Council a message that legalizing prostitution in our nation’s capital is a bad idea and you want to protect vulnerable women, girls and boys from increased sexual exploitation and violence.
Standing against exploitation,
The Family Policy Alliance Team