Contact: Jennifer Fedor, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126
WASHINGTON, May 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- With much fanfare, liberals in Congress -- led by openly homosexual congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) -- recently introduced H.R. 2015, the ironically-titled "Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007" (ENDA). According to proponents, this bill merely seeks to insulate people who choose to engage in homosexual behaviors ("sexual orientation") or who suffer from gender confusion (gender identity) against employment discrimination. But regrettably this legislation would effectively codify and encourage the very thing it purports to prevent -- workplace discrimination.
ENDA would apply to any business with 15 or more employees. The bill's language states that, "it shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer... to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment of the individual, because of such individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity."
Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America (CWA), warned, "This bill would force Christian, Jewish or Muslim business owners to hire people who openly choose to engage in homosexual or cross-dressing behaviors despite a sincerely held religious belief that those behaviors are dangerous, sinful and not in keeping with basic morality. ENDA would essentially force employers to check their First Amendment protected rights to freedom of religion, speech and association at the workplace door. It's absurd! For instance, female employees would have to endure both systematic sexual harassment and a hostile work environment by being forced to share bathroom facilities with male employees who get their jollies from wearing a dress, high heels and lipstick.
"Over the years, the homosexual lobby has done a masterful job of co-opting the language of the genuine civil rights movement in their push for special rights. This bill represents the goose that laid the golden egg for homosexual activist attorneys," concluded Barber.
Shari Rendall, CWA's Director of Legislation and Public Policy, said of ENDA, "This bill would unfairly extend special privileges based upon an individual's changeable sexual behaviors, rather than focusing on immutable, non-behavior characteristics such as skin color or gender. Its passage would both overtly discriminate against and muzzle people of faith. Former Secretary of State Collin Powell put it well when he said, 'Skin color is a benign, non-behavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of human behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument.'"
CWA asks Congress to protect the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, religion and association for all Americans by voting NO on ENDA.
Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.