By Laurie Higgins -
Those who have been literally and figuratively taking a vacation from our increasingly strident culture wars may be surprised to learn that homosexual activist organizations, including Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), long a favorite of the homosexuality-affirming crowd. If passed, ENDA would prevent employers from considering homoerotic predilections and activity and cross-dressing behaviors in employment decisions.
This disastrous legislation has passed the U.S. Senate at the urging of homosexual activists and has moved to the U.S. House. Suddenly this week, the cacophonous voices of homosexual activists and their obsequious disciples began disowning their own legislation. Why this strange turn of events, you may be wondering. Why would Leftists turn on their own legislation?
The reason for their sudden reversal is that the bill includes an exemption for religious organizations. As I recently wrote, homosexual activists seek to leave no square inch of America in which people of faith can exercise their religious faith on matters related to sexual deviance. In their occluded eyes, not even Christian schools—Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant—should be allowed to hire only those teachers who affirm Christian doctrine on homoerotic activity and marriage.
What prompted their reevaluation of ENDA was the U.S. Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” case in which at long last a judicial body has confirmed that, yes, Americans have religious liberty. A reaffirmation of this truth has rendered homosexual activists apoplectic.
Lambda Legal writes that the religious exemption “essentially says that anti-LGBT discrimination is different…than discrimination against individuals based on their race or sex.” This may be news to Lambda Legal, but discriminating against persons based on behaviorally neutral conditions like race or sex is absolutely different from making judgments (i.e., discriminating) based on behaviors (e.g., homoerotic activity or cross-dressing) that people voluntarily choose.
Conservatives could and should learn a little something about playing hardball from homosexual activists. No, I’m not suggesting we hurl obscenities or death threats, or that we lie. I am suggesting conservatives refuse to capitulate on our principles and that we persevere. Sometimes compromise is, indeed, a bad word.