I received my usual panic emails from the Family “Research” Council’s Tony Perkins. I replied with my comments in red, below the fold. I have emailed them on two other occasions and, of course, have never heard back. I’ll see how this one goes.
Other Christian hate groups like the “Traditional Values” Coalition are promulgating bizarre LIES concerning the passage of ENDA.
Substance abuser Andrea Lafferty of the TVC warns that if ENDA is passed, amputee veterans will be molested at work by crazed perverts who like to hump stumps – yes, the crazy bat actually said that.
Lafferty and Tony Perkins (of the Family “Research” Council) falsely claim that ENDA will require hiring quotas of “cross-dressers” and “she-he’s” in schools, churches and christian businesses.
Oh, and men who like non-consensual male/female frottage.
But, according to the text of the Bill, it specifically forbids hiring quotas; it gives specific EXEMPTIONS for RELIGIOUS organizations; these “Christians” are shamelessly LYING in their press releases and email blasts and letters to congressmen.
But, do not expect christians to be honest and tell the truth or dispense fact. First, here is an excerpt from the ENDA bill outlining the EXEMPTION for RELIGIOUS organizations, as well as forbidding hiring quotas of any kind:
SEC. 6. EXEMPTION FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) In General- This Act shall not apply to any of the employment practices of a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society which has as its primary purpose religious ritual or worship or the teaching or spreading of religious doctrine or belief.
(b) Certain Employees- For any religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society that is not wholly exempt under subsection (a), this Act shall not apply with respect to the employment of individuals whose primary duties consist of teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief, religious governance, supervision of a religious order, supervision of persons teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief, or supervision or participation in religious ritual or worship.
(c) Conformity to Religious Tenets– Under this Act, a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society may require that applicants for, and employees in, similar positions conform to those religious tenets that such corporation, association, institution, or society declares significant. Under this Act, such a declaration by a religious corporation, association, educational institution or society stating which of its religious tenets are significant shall not be subject to judicial or administrative review. Any such declaration made for purposes of this Act shall be admissible only for proceedings under this Act.
Now Steve King (R) Iowa is spouting the “don’t flaunt it and you won’t get fired” b.s./ He says gays will start showing up to work in dresses to start lawsuits! Insane! And, IT IS A LIE. It covers dress codes at work:
(4) DRESS AND GROOMING STANDARDS– Nothing in this Act shall prohibit an employer from requiring an employee, during the employee’s hours at work, to adhere to reasonable dress or grooming standards not prohibited by other provisions of Federal, State, or local law, provided that the employer permits any employee who has undergone gender transition prior to the time of employment, and any employee who has notified the employer that the employee has undergone or is undergoing gender transition after the time of employment, to adhere to the same dress or grooming standards for the gender to which the employee has transitioned or is transitioning.
Gays do not get fired because they’re “acting gay” at work! That is NOT HOW IT WORKS in the REAL WORLD. I lost a job SOLELY from a RUMOR about my sexual orientation (a 40-year old man, divorded for 12 years, no mention of women or a girlfriend). When my boss heard the rumor, his attitude towards me did a 180. Instantly, I went from super-employee to lower-than-dirt. Losing that job almost caused me to lose my home, but what it did cost me what thousands of dollars and a round deep depression. All that I accomplished there vanished, and in Louisiana I had no legal recourse.
ENDA will protect people who are fired for the SOLE FACT that they are gay. Religious organizations are EXEMPT. It cannot be very much clearer and it sure sounds fair to me.
Religious fundamentalists are opposed to ENDA SOLELY because of their blind hatred for gay people. This is evidenced on a seemingly regular basis by their unashamed public pronouncements of their desire to have gay people “rounded up and dealt with”, etc.
I made a screencap with ‘red circles and arrows’. Click to enlarge.