‘There is no way to tell if someone is lying about being transgender…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Congressional Democrats are taking aim at religious liberties on behalf of radical elements in the LGBT community.
But even some radicals are crying foul—not because they’re interested in defending Christians, but because the proposed legislation is so extreme that it will strip federal civil-rights protections from women, in favor of men who claim to be women.
At issue, is the “Equality Act,” or H.R. 5, which broadly imposes the progressive LGBT agenda and does not exempt churches or religious employers, organizations or colleges.
The First Amendment protects religious freedom, but the bill—ironically—is being pushed by its supporters as an anti-discrimination proposal.
“Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday.
Nadler may have been surprised when an unlikely opponent took the committee to task over what would surely amount to legal chaos, and put women in danger.
Julia Beck, a self-described “radical lesbian feminist” and the former law and policy co-chair of Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission, testified that the so-called Equality Act would strip women of legal rights and erase any meaningful gender distinctions.
“This would eliminate women and girls as a coherent legal category worthy of civil rights protections. There is no way to tell if someone is lying about being transgender,” said Beck.
Supporters of such radical activism are no longer confined to college campuses, as they are now attempting to change federal law.
If successful, Beck said that male rapists can go to female prisons; female survivors of rape can be housed with men in shelters; that men will be able to dominate women’s sports; that girls and women will not be allowed to ask for female medical staff; and that women who use male pronouns to talk about men may be arrested, fined or banned from social media platforms.
“It’s already happening. And it’s only going to get worse,” she said.
The bill would also amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by striking the word “sex,” and inserting the phrase “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,” thus creating new protected classes throughout the federal code.