Thorner: “Non-discrimination” used to snuff out religious freedom

November 7, 2013

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By Nancy Thorner –

While Illinoisans focused on the attack on religious liberties at the State Capitol this week, yet another battle on Bible believers ensued at the nation’s Capitol under the guise of “non-discrimination.”

While it is possible, though unlikely, for Illinois to recover from fiscal bankruptcy, what about the moral bankruptcy of this nation and state which was brought home only this week when marriage redefinition passed in the House with a vote of Y-61 and N-54?

Along with a majority of House Democrats, three GOP House members ignored the Republican Party Platform to support the bill: Rep. Tom Cross (R-Plainfield), who thinks he has a chance to win his bid for treasurer; Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein), from my own county of Lake, who has lost my support and respect; and Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove).

Might it be that most individuals don’t even know what is happening right before their eyes? Worse yet is if they don’t even care that their elected leaders and legislators at the federal and state level seem eager to sanction the very thing that was part of why God destroyed the two Old Testament cities of Sodom and Gomorrah?

It was on Monday of this week that the U.S. Senate voted 61 – 30 to proceed with the transgendered special rights bill (ENDA). The so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act would create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  In so doing the law would undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample religious liberty.

As happens way too frequently, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ducked away from the initial fight — and only acted tough when he knew the vote count was there for closure. In so doing McConnell sent an unspoken message to Democrat Senators that he was not going to object meaningfully to whatever social engineering the other side of the aisle would pursue. Democrat senators voted in lock step for closure.

This lax attitude of both McConnell and John Cornyn in refusing to critically speak out about the detrimental implications of the bill, allowed seven Republican senators to vote for closure without fear of suffering reprisal from leadership:  Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Mark, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Orrin Hatch, and Pat Toomey.  Illinois’ own Senator Mark Kirk and Susan Collins of Maine were co-sponsors of the bill.

Aspects of the S.815 are far-reaching.

  • The law bestows civil rights status on anyone that claims they were denied a job because of “such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” but the “term gender identity is so vague and subjective that it includes the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual with or without regard to individual’s designated sex at birth.”
  • In consideration of the above description of “gender identity,” it can be perceived that a pedophile is covered under the bill. A man used to be a man and a woman a woman, but have even the basic facts of science and the ethos of Judeo-Christian values been discarded by those who have been spun a bill of goods that all is not really as it appears to be. If a man wants to be a woman or a woman a man, who are we to interfere, even if applied to school-age children, for is it not a civil right to change natural law or nature’s God?
  • Because Republicans have sent a message to Democrats loud and clear that they will not stop social engineering, the transgendered agenda can now be pursued fully. According to Daniel Horowitz, “cross-dressers are openly being compared to African-Americans to justify this bill. Legislating immorality is now in vogue.  Democrats will win their culture war without firing a shot.”
  • Opened up will be a Pandora’s Box of unlimited litigation for all sorts of anti-liberty lawsuits on behalf of licentious special interest.  ENDA will potentially discourage job creation because it increases government interference in the labor market.  Businesses will be required by law to adopt the government’s values which are based on a vague, subjective definition of “gender identity.”

Most likely Democrats will get their 60 votes and the bill will be sent to the House.  Our own state senator, Mark Kirk, seems to be a lost cause as a co-sponsor of the bill, but this link lists all seven Republican senators, with telephone numbers, to call and ask them to show a backbone against the destruction of religious liberty and moral values.  The same link also gives the telephone numbers for Senators McConnell and Cornyn with a message that they do their jobs in preserving some semblance of Republicanism in the Republican Conference.

Greatly speculated is what a 51- seat majority would mean for the Republican Party.  Efforts are now in place by Republicans to win back the Senate and the White House in 2016.

In another sense, if Mitch McConnell remains in the leadership position and the bashing of conservative senators continues in the Senate by their fellow Republican establishment members, what use would a 51-seat majority be if- in-name-only?

It certainly wouldn’t change the direction of the Senate. Spending would still increase and government would grow in size, albeit at a somewhat slower pace under Republicans control, but the same result reckless behavior would most likely continue, for spending money brings legislators power and control and also acts as a means to enlist potential voters regardless of political party.

Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 09:20 AM | Permalink

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As happens way too frequently, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ducked away from the initial fight — and only acted tough when he knew the vote count was there for closure. In so doing McConnell sent an unspoken message to Democrat Senators that he was not going to object meaningfully to whatever social engineering the other side of the aisle would pursue. Democrat senators voted in lock step for closure.

This lax attitude of both McConnell and John Cornyn in refusing to critically speak out about the detrimental implications of the bill, allowed seven Republican senators to vote for closure without fear of suffering reprisal from leadership:  Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Mark, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Orrin Hatch, and Pat Toomey.  Illinois’ own Senator Mark Kirk and Susan Collins of Maine were co-sponsors of the bill.

Aspects of the S.815 are far-reaching.

  • The law bestows civil rights status on anyone that claims they were denied a job because of “such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” but the “term gender identity is so vague and subjective that it includes the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual with or without regard to individual’s designated sex at birth.”
  • In consideration of the above description of “gender identity,” it can be perceived that a pedophile is covered under the bill. A man used to be a man and a woman a woman, but have even the basic facts of science and the ethos of Judeo-Christian values been discarded by those who have been spun a bill of goods that all is not really as it appears to be. If a man wants to be a woman or a woman a man, who are we to interfere, even if applied to school-age children, for is it not a civil right to change natural law or nature’s God?
  • Because Republicans have sent a message to Democrats loud and clear that they will not stop social engineering, the transgendered agenda can now be pursued fully. According to Daniel Horowitz, “cross-dressers are openly being compared to African-Americans to justify this bill. Legislating immorality is now in vogue.  Democrats will win their culture war without firing a shot.”
  • Opened up will be a Pandora’s Box of unlimited litigation for all sorts of anti-liberty lawsuits on behalf of licentious special interest.  ENDA will potentially discourage job creation because it increases government interference in the labor market.  Businesses will be required by law to adopt the government’s values which are based on a vague, subjective definition of “gender identity.”

Most likely Democrats will get their 60 votes and the bill will be sent to the House.  Our own state senator, Mark Kirk, seems to be a lost cause as a co-sponsor of the bill, but this link lists all seven Republican senators, with telephone numbers, to call and ask them to show a backbone against the destruction of religious liberty and moral values.  The same link also gives the telephone numbers for Senators McConnell and Cornyn with a message that they do their jobs in preserving some semblance of Republicanism in the Republican Conference.

Greatly speculated is what a 51- seat majority would mean for the Republican Party.  Efforts are now in place by Republicans to win back the Senate and the White House in 2016.

In another sense, if Mitch McConnell remains in the leadership position and the bashing of conservative senators continues in the Senate by their fellow Republican establishment members, what use would a 51-seat majority be if- in-name-only?

It certainly wouldn’t change the direction of the Senate. Spending would still increase and government would grow in size, albeit at a somewhat slower pace under Republicans control, but the same result reckless behavior would most likely continue, for spending money brings legislators power and control and also acts as a means to enlist potential voters regardless of political party.

Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 09:20 AM | Permalink

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