WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin posted on his Facebook page Monday that despite all the health care insurance cancellations hitting Illinoisans mailboxes, he's focused on a controversial social issue - making it illegal for private or public employers to consider a person's claimed sexual orientation - be it gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, heterosexual, asexual - in hiring:
But Breitbart.com reports the sponsors - including Illinois' Republican senator Mark Kirk - are planning a bait and switch on religious liberties:
ENDA's publicized goal sounds harmless enough: To give gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered Americans the same protections as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Instead of protecting employees based on race, gender, etc., this new law will protect based on sexual identity and orientation. But as is usually the case with the hard-left, this is less about tolerance and equality and more about oppressing the freedoms of others.
Some religious institutions are exempted from ENDA, but only religious institutions recognized by the federal government. Private businesses will not be exempted, which means that the personal religious beliefs of faith-based businesses, small business-owners, and anyone not recognized by the federal government, will not be protected. There is also language in the bill that is so vague, it can only be interpreted as a trial lawyer's dream come true and a potential attack against religious expression -