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The So-Called Equality Act Is Anti-Freedom

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Today House Democrats reintroduced the so-called “Equality Act,” a bill written by the radical LGBT lobby which would restrict religious freedom and the freedom of association in favor of creating special privileges for certain people based on subjective classifications, such as sexual orientation and gender identity.

You can read a summary of the Equality Act at The Daily Signal here.

The Democrats, a small-tent party if there ever was one, rushed to praise the anti-freedom bill:

One of the best things about America is our freedom of religion. Here, the government doesn’t get to tell us what to believe, and it doesn’t get to punish us for having the ‘wrong’ beliefs.

The Equality Act is an invidious attack on the First Amendment rights of not just Christians, but of all Americans. It would restrict religious freedom and the freedom of association in the name of equality — which is like burning your house down in order to clean up a dirty kitchen.

The so-called Equality Act is a misnomer. The bill would end religious freedom as we know it. There are no religious exemptions carved out in the bill — in fact, it specifically states that Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protections would not be applicable. This isn’t about equality. This is about stripping away the very freedoms guaranteed to us in the Constitution.

The Equality Act is bad law, it is anti-American, and every Member of Congress ought to vocally oppose it.

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Terry Schilling

Terry Schilling is executive director of the American Principles Project.