Authored Special ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill to ‘Defend’ Christians From Same-Sex Marriage
A U.S. Senator is speaking out in opposition after the House of Representatives Friday afternoon passed the historic Equality Act. The legislation expands existing civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people in areas including employment, housing, banking and credit, education, public accommodations, federally-funded programs, and jury service.
Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, who won his seat as the Tea Party movement rose to power, took time Friday to attack the passage of the Equality Act, which won just eight Republican votes in the House.
And he’s getting scorched, mocked, and slammed for remarks.
Lee in December blocked the renomination of a lesbian to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and said her views on marriage were “radical.”
Today he says the legislation, which heads to the Senate but has little chance of being brought to the floor for a vote, is unnecessary – that LGBT people don’t need protection because Americans are becoming more “tolerant.”
Americans are becoming more tolerant every day, which is why the Equality Act is so counterproductive. It unnecessarily pits communities against each other and divides our nation when patience and understanding are so sorely needed.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) May 17, 2019
Lee, a religious extremist, thinks legislation protecting certain groups of people is “counterproductive” and divisive. Yet the Supreme Court was getting ready to rule that same-sex couples have the right to marry, he authored a bill providing special religious rights to people of faith to allow them to discriminate against LGBT people, and especially same-sex couples.
Lee’s sweeping First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would have allowed employers to deny spousal and parental rights, including those given under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. It would also allow non-profits and even government contractors the right to discriminate against anyone who is LGBT.
Senator Lee, who once was rumored to be on President Donald Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees, opposes same-sex marriage. He’s said so very clearly: “I do not support gay marriage.”
Here’s how some are responding to Senator Lee’s remarks on the Equality Act:
“Americans are becoming tolerant so if you libs try to pass a bill that would protect LGBT people, Americans will become intolerant.” https://t.co/Gj5nPW1LA7
— Todd (@todd_econ) May 17, 2019
“Please be tolerant and patient and understanding of my need to deny you a job, a house, a loan, medical care, public assistance….” https://t.co/NWpGUZ7v6O
— Joan McCarter (@joanmccarter) May 17, 2019
🚨 orwellian doublespeak 🚨
be on the lookout for liar-bigot @senMikelee who is pressing forward with his campaign of propaganda doublespeak against all that is decent in this world https://t.co/P7kWhuhVaY
— #JulianCastro2020 (@notUnitePink) May 17, 2019
“How can the democrats says such hurtful, divisive things as ‘Treat people equally'” https://t.co/XcyGNOKUUH
— 11mm Chris (@pacanukeha) May 17, 2019
So oblivious of his own privilege that he doesn’t see the need to provide legal protections to discriminated minorities. https://t.co/kNhwVTAx66
— Reggie Santiago (@reggie_lee1) May 17, 2019
The worst hottest take I’ve seen on this hell site today https://t.co/enJfQYDvFF
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) May 17, 2019
— Jon Becker (@jonbecker) May 17, 2019
Tell this to the random bros that called me and a friend fags as we waited outside a gay bar.
Or the Uber driver that tried to kick me and my friends out of the car on a busy street. https://t.co/ieMNJ0CNzz
— Michael (@MDNay) May 17, 2019
Dumbass saying shit just to say it. https://t.co/FV79IzVaSi
— Jeff 📎🇺🇸 (@jjhparker) May 17, 2019
The president Mike Lee unflinchingly supports wanted to ban Muslims from the country, regularly demeans migrants as rapists and criminals, and banned trans people from the military https://t.co/G60CzIDX0g
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2019
Wow. Senator Mike Lee comes out publicly against equality. Come on, Utah, you’re better than this. https://t.co/gtIt7OpPxU
— Professor Chaos (@akaProfessorCha) May 17, 2019
soooo…. you’re telling me that we shouldn’t ban employment and housing discrimination because it just doesn’t happen as often as it used to? riiiiiiiight https://t.co/oqBhzpigaD
— turner (@tgcowles) May 17, 2019
This tweet is so white it was just invited to pledge Kappa Alpha https://t.co/W7Czv0jta1
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) May 17, 2019
Isn’t this the same asshole that blocked a confirmation of a woman because she was gay??? https://t.co/lkC3mMyGvH
— Jason P. (@JasonP_YYC) May 17, 2019
Well, now that we have input from the “born with every possible advantage and never discriminated against in their lives” crowd… https://t.co/A0XNtgBNcu
— (((TheFaust))) (@FaustMN) May 17, 2019
Scumbag republican hypocrite @gop dude is the same scumbag republican @gop dude who expressed his “more tolerance every day” by voting FOR a Muslim ban and AGAINST transgender in military. https://t.co/wvWnvNQowy
— Marsha (@RabidBadger) May 17, 2019
Mike is basically blaming people that are pro equality for upsetting bigots… https://t.co/oGeCpy5LE7
— Wilhelm Von Stupid (@rinaldopurisimo) May 17, 2019
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Pastor Refuses Funeral for Dying Tennessee Man Because His Son Is Gay
A Sweetwater, Tennessee pastor is refusing to grant a 71-year old man’s dying wish: to be buried in the first church he ever attended.
Jessie Goodman (photo, right) says his father is dying and only has days left to live. He told ABC affiliate News 9 that Pastor Jay Scruggs of Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church will not bury his father if Jessie or Jessie’s fiancé “take part in any way,” including just attending the ceremony.
“They’re punishing my dad for a lifestyle choice I’ve made. It’s not me up there in a casket. It’s him,” Goodman, who is in a committed same-sex relationship, says.
Pastor Scruggs would not comment, “but did say he would talk with us after Jessie’s father is in the grave,” News 9 notes.
The family has decided to have the funeral elsewhere when Jessie’s father passes. They’ve asked his name not be used in the press.
Rick Santorum Squirms While Trying to Defend Franklin Graham’s Hypocritical Attacks on Pete Buttigieg
After Attacking LGBT People for Years Santorum Now Says ‘I’m Not an Expert in This Area’
Trump defender Rick Santorum admitted on Friday that the Rev. Franklin Graham was being hypocritical in his condemnation of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — even as he’s been keeping silent on the immorality displayed by President Donald Trump.
During an appearance on CNN, host John Berman pointed out that “it seems there is some relativism” in Graham’s religious faith because “he is calling on Pete Buttigieg to repent for being gay, yet he’s one of the most ardent supporters of the thrice-married President Trump.”
“You have every right to call him out on that,” Santorum said. “If he says that about Pete Buttigieg, then when Donald Trump’s accusations come up about marital infidelity and other things that’s equally as sinful.”
Berman then asked Santorum if he believed marital infidelity was on the same level as simply being gay — and Santorum replied that the two were the same.
“Adultery is a choice, but people are born gay,” Berman replied, before asking Santorum if he accepted that homosexuality is something that people are born with.
“You know, I’m not an expert in this area,” he said. “I don’t know. The answer is, you know, we have to be loving and tolerant of everybody. Everybody is due respect and love and should be treated with dignity and respect, and whether they choose it or not, I don’t know. I don’t really care.”
Watch the video below.
‘Is Nothing Sacred?’: Evangelicals Are Supporting ‘Trump Over Jesus’ in ‘Moral Disaster’ Says Conservative Columnist
With news breaking that President Donald Trump wants to restart his policy of separating migrant families, conservative columnist Matt Lewis has written a scathing column taking the president’s evangelical supporters to task for supporting what he says is a very anti-Christian policy.
Writing in The Daily Beast, Lewis argues that “it’s hard for me to see how conservative Christians in the Trump era can square their theology with their politics” if they back him reinstating baby jails for migrant children.
Lewis then goes directly to the Bible to show that Christians are commanded by God to be welcoming to strangers and to value the importance of families.
“Exodus 23:9 says, ‘Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt,’” Lewis writes. “Hebrews 13:2 says, ‘Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.’”
Lewis then shows that separating families in particular is a direct affront to Christian teachings.
“When it comes to separating children, I’m reminded of the book of Matthew, where Jesus says, ‘[W]hoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me’ and ‘See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven,’” he writes.
What’s more, Lewis writes that evangelicals as a whole used to be far more welcoming to immigrants — and that their turn against refugees coincides with their embrace of Trump.
“By failing to condemn Trump’s border policies, evangelicals on the right are turning a blind eye to the lessons of the Bible and Ronald Reagan,” he concludes. “Is nothing sacred?”
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