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Gays ‘Contradict The Very Most Deeply Held Religious Beliefs’ Of Employers Says GOP Senator

by David Badash on November 7, 2013

in ENDA,News,Politics

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Gay people “contradict” the “very most deeply held religious beliefs” of employers, U.S. Senator Dan Coats, Republican of Indiana, said on the floor of the Senate today, just before the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was passed. He voted against the bill. Coats was the only Republican to speak against the bill. Ten Republicans crossed the aisle to vote for ENDA.

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Coats is a member of right-wing Christian organization The Family, also known as the Fellowship, which has ties to Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill. He and his wife founded the faith-based non-profit, Foundation For American Renewal, which claims to be “considered by many to be the forerunner to President Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.”

Urging his colleagues to vote against ENDA, Coats said the legislation “raises very serious concerns regarding religious freedom” and decried the “so-called protections” of religious liberty as “vaguely defined.” He lamented the religious exemptions “do not extend to all organizations that wish to adhere to their moral or religious beliefs in their hiring practices.”

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“For example, the religious beliefs of faith-based child care providers and small business owners would be disregarded under this legislation. Faith-based daycare providers could be forced to hire individuals with views contrary to the faith incorporated values of the daycare providers.”

“Do we want to support policies that discriminate against an employer’s religious beliefs and require employers to hire individuals who contradict their very most deeply held religious beliefs?” Coats asked. “This bill also would allow employers to be held liable to workplace environment complaints opening the door to the silencing of employees who express their deeply held beliefs. This possibility runs counter to everything America stands for in the realm of free speech.”

Coats, who is 70 and had served as the United States Ambassador to Germany under President George W. Bush, is under the impression that LGBT people should be fired — or not hired — merely for being born LGBT, and that people who choose a particular religion and choose to belief in a certain way should be “protected.” Coats, the author of Mending Fences, apparently believes that both companies and employees should have the “right” to call LGBT people “sinners,” for example, and to tell them — as a condition of their continued employment — that they will go to hell, just for being born a certain way. And Coats believes that this is “everything America stands for in the realm of free speech.”

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twiga_riq November 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

As a life-long resident of Indiana, I have never had a liking for Coates; now I have a myriad of reasons to justify that deeply-held belief. I had not know before that he was a part of the "C St kkkult". THX for that bit of enlightenment.

Robroberts2013 November 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I see many bathroom stalls in this man's life. His stance is no doubt wider than Larry Craig's.

Brian Stroup November 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

His name is an anagram for "Scatnado"

DonInKS November 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

What if I claim that my religious beliefs require me to discriminate against fundamentalist "christians". Should I be allowed to do that? Or, what if I say that my being gay is a religious thing, can I claim religious discrimination?

TampaZeke November 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Indiana, the Mississippi of the Mid-West and one of the armpits of America.

Peter Blaise November 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

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I'm thinking that America is sorely deformed and has too many armpits and atholes, and not enough hearts, lungs, and bright eyes.

No more second class citizens, ever, please.
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SeanLiberty13 November 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Irrelevant, there is NO law that requires me to adhere to my employer's religious beliefs. In incontestable FACT, it is ILLEGAL for my employer to force, demand, or require me to adhere to his/her religious beliefs because that would violate my constitutional rights. Under the first amendment I am LEGALLY allowed to contradict my employer's religious beliefs and he/she cannot and will not penalize me for it. Get over it.

Peter Blaise November 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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It's called being FIRED, or not even hired, even though the reason has nothing to do with the job requirements.

Get over that if you can — such discrimination is legal almost everywhere for your employer to not hire or fire you whimsically, especially for anything unrelated to the job that they don't like about your life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness that you thought you were getting protected by we-the-people's US Constitution, but you were not protected.

@SeanLiberty13, we'd all love to get over it, and that's why additional laws and Amendment get proposed — because mean folks keep finding ways to demote others as second class citizens.

Follow the sad and shameful trail of the ERA Equal Right Amendment for an example.

Enough already.

No more second class citizens, ever, please.
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RRuinsky November 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I am sick of these "religious" freedom arguments being used to defend everything from violating the rights of gay Americans to destroying the reproductive rights of women.
We need freedom FROM religion.

Peter Blaise November 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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… especially when those gays and women are Christian!

It's not freedom from religion that's needed so much as blocking anyone from calming that religion is theirs alone.
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BJLincoln November 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I wonder how many children were born unwanted because the Dr./nurse/hospital was exercising their religious freedom to not offer legal abortions? How many women died from religious freedom? How many abused/neglected/abandon children born? Young pregnant girls thrown out of the house in disgrace ?
Their freedom costs lives.

toniearly November 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

According to this bigoted man, would it also be perfectly acceptable for an employer to fire someone because they were Jewish/Hindu/Muslim – and the employer believes they are going to hell?

Constitutional freedom of religion includes freedom FROM religion – it is not a license to discriminate against others because they may believe differently than you.

labman57 November 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I always have to heave a sigh and roll my eyes whenever self-proclaimed Christians indignantly declare that homosexuality and gay marriage defy “the word of God”. This argument is both cowardly and disingenuous — using biased interpretations of cherry-picked biblical passages to justify their brand of social intolerance and religious self-righteousness.

Fifty years ago, Gohmert would have been using similar arguments to support southern resistance to the Civil Rights Acts.

Socially-regressive Christian conservatives will always contend that homosexuality is a choice. Rational discussion is pointless. They HAVE to maintain this point of view, because the alternative — the idea that homosexuality is a congenital, perhaps even genetically-based behavior — would mean that God made gays the way they are. Which would imply that to condemn homosexuality would be to condemn God’s will.

It’s enough to make their narrow-minded heads explode.

Bottom line: the problem with many Christian conservatives is that they are long on self-righteousness and short on selflessness, long on callousness and short on compassion, long on intimidation and short on tolerance.

Peter Blaise November 9, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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1 – One's sexual preference has nothing to do with almost any job I can think of — does he want people to be subject to firing for their creator's endowed life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that may be unrelated to job requirements?

2 – Gays may be Christian, does he want Christians fired just because the boss doesn't like Christians even though that may have nothing to do with the job?

3 – Gays may be BOSSES, so does he want them to be able to fire heteros or even monos just because they are heteros or monos, unrelated to the requirements of the job?

No more second class citizens, ever, please.

Even though some idiots voluntarily demote themselves to second class citizenship, I refuse to treat them "less than" nonetheless.
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