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How To Overcome the Evil of the Equality Act

by Lisa Lotito

The Equality Act.

What are we supposed to do about it?

On February 25th, The House of Representatives approved the Equality Act. The Equality Act prohibits discrimination due to gender identity or sexual orientation. All 221 Democrats and three Republicans (John Katko and Tom Reed of New York, and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania) supported its passage.  The remaining 208 Republicans oppose the legislation.

I urge you to read this bill! It offers protections against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.  Sounds great, right?  While discrimination in any form is wrong, this bill goes beyond the realm of the personal equality rights.

The Equality Act redefines what it means to be male and female.

The bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation based on (1) an association with another person who is a member of such a protected class; or (2) a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, that an individual is a member of such a protected class.

The Equality Act is an evil attack on religious freedom.

The bill prohibits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) from providing a claim against a discrimination charge. It explicitly sets aside a provision of RFRA that specifically protects the right of religious groups to conduct their activities and manage their affairs according to their beliefs.

In its 500 pages, the bill also redefines “public accommodation” in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It states “any establishment” that provides a service, including churches, homeless shelters operated by religious groups, adoption agencies, and educational institutions associated with faith-based denominations and associations, must offer protection.

Imagine what this scenario would mean for YOUR child; at YOUR school.

Under this piece of legislation, no entity would be able to deny the rights of someone identifying as a person of the opposite sex. Imagine, boys, identifying as girls, given access to locker rooms, bathrooms, dormitories. Girls, claiming to be boys, would be able to play male-dominated sports. Then, realize religious or non-profit schools violating this law would risk losing tax-exempt status and accreditation.  Not to mention the disadvantages to both sexes when it comes to scholarships, competitions, and more.

We need to realize the Evil of the Equality Act. 

If this bill passes the Senate, it will have a detrimental impact on society. Why?  It will force Americans to agree with a government-imposed ideology on sexuality. The freedom to live as we believe will no longer exist. 

Does our faith say anything about equality? 

The New Testament gives us the answer. The Greek word for equality, proportionality, or fairness is isotēs.  This word is mentioned In 2 Corinthians 8:13–14 when Paul urges the church in Corinth to give generously to the Jerusalem church, “that there might be equality.” And in Colossians 4:1, he tells masters to grant their slaves “what is right and fair.”

Most of the famous “equality” passages use quite a different language. Galatians 3:28 doesn’t say that there is no Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female because we are all equal, but because we “are all one in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 3:11 doesn’t talk about equality between barbarians and Scythians, but rather asserts that “Christ is all, and is in all.” Ephesians 3:6 doesn’t say that Gentiles are now equal with Jews, but rather that we are now “heirs together.”

If we truly are “all one in Christ Jesus”, we must affirm God created a man and woman in HIS own image.  A man AS a man.  A woman AS a woman. 

As human beings we are equal, but not because of our gender, sexual orientation, or color.  We are equal despite these differences.  God created each one of us.   As Christians, we must commit to remaining “heirs together”.

Act now!  Call or write your state representatives with outrage. Tell them to oppose The Equality Act. 

Overcome the evil!

Find Your Legislators.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinfulness thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

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Lisa is a wife and dog mom.  Her past career in marketing allows her to work as a volunteer helping charities with fundraising and promotional needs. She is the head of Evangelization at her parish and serves in a variety of ministries to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

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