HOW ENDA ENDS WORKPLACE FREEDOM: PART ONE
By Rev. Ted Pike
5 Nov 13
Editor's Note: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815) is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. Senate by the end of this week.
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League has boasted on its website, adl.org, that its legal experts crafted the federal hate crimes law. (See Twisted "Justice" in Amish Hate Crimes Conviction) The same is true of all "anti-hate" or "anti-bias" laws in US states and in over 50 countries. Like all “stealth” legislation promoted by ADL, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) contains an agenda that is both straightforward and obscure.
ENDA states it will grant special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals in businesses that employ 15 or more people. Today, most Americans are hired or fired at their employer’s discretion without a legal right to demand a government investigation of the reason. But under ENDA, homosexuals will join specially favored groups (blacks, Jews, Latinos, women, Muslims, etc.) who are empowered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to demand explanation of why they were not hired or fired. If bias against them “because of who they are” is suspected, charges can be filed and result in fines and even a year in prison.
Only select groups can demand federal prosecution of employers who discriminate against them; thus, the majority of Americans are left out and victims of federal discrimination. A qualified white man who is refused employment or fired by a biased business owner will probably receive no return calls from the local district attorney or visits from sympathetic federal agents. Like the federal hate crimes bill, ENDA violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution which forbids unequal treatment. It elevates homosexuals to special status and protection. If ENDA is passed, every Christian business owner with 15 or more employees will have to hire qualified homosexuals. They cannot be fired for any reason having to do with their homosexuality or display of homosexual characteristics or mannerisms on the job.
ENDA is thus direct in its intent to legitimize homosexuality in the American workplace. But it has less direct, even more sinister provisions. Like the federal hate crimes law, ENDA creates a special federally protected pseudo-class called “sexual orientation.” As Rep. Alcee Hastings made abundantly clear in House debate on the hate bill in 2009, “sexual orientation” includes 547 paraphilias (sexual deviancies) listed by the American Psychological Association. It includes all sexual perversions outside normal heterosexuality. ENDA requires the federal government to uphold employment privileges for those who have sex with animals (bestiality) or whose sexual ecstasy involves urine or feces, torturing other people (sadism), or animals (zoosadism), etc.
The least an employer should be able to require is that a potential employee be rational, moral, and dependable. ENDA denies that. Obsession with perverted sexual practices is prima facie evidence that a sexual deviant is not of high character or dependable. Yet such disturbed individuals can claim special rights under the vague umbrella of federally protected “sexual orientation.” Employers must hire these unstable persons or face heavy fines and up to a year in prison. Thus, ENDA corrupts the workplace, sabotaging its efficiency and forcing employers (particularly Christians) to violate their moral convictions. ENDA is the federally enforced defilement of American business, especially the consciences of Christian businessmen.
ENDA is also very obscure concerning the definition of “gender identity” yet enforces the same penalties against those who “discriminate” regarding it. ENDA says “the term ‘gender identity’ means the gender-related identity, appearance or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.” ENDA suggests one's gender is not innate but "designated at birth" by others. According to ENDA, one may be born a male, yet if he wants to affect the “appearance or mannerisms” of a woman and consider himself female, he is legally considered a woman by the federal government. Further, his employer must regard him as female. If he notifies his employer of his change of sex or his "undergoing gender transition," he must be allowed to use women's bathrooms and shower facilities. ENDA says: "No other [bathroom, shower] facilities are necessary" for the transitioning male employee" (Section 8). A “discriminating” employer who forbids entry would face a heavy fine and possible imprisonment.
ENDA is also unclear about how these perverse requirements will impact churches and church-related businesses. Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination by businesses but not by churches in “spiritual” activities or employment. Churches may legally discriminate against non-Christians seeking employment as pastors and Bible teachers. Yet nothing is said in Title 7 or ENDA about the real possibility that church businesses, including kids’ programs or summer camps, will be forced by ENDA to accept the same pro-homosexual requirements imposed on secular businesses. Homosexuals could demand "non-spiritual" employment in church organizations as secretaries, business managers, janitors, etc., as well as PE teachers in Christian schools and summer camp counselors. Any male church employee who notified church authorities that he was transitioning to female could have unlimited access to bathrooms and shower facilities of women and girls.
Take Action Now!
Emergency action is immediately needed to help save freedom in the workplace. Call your Senators with this message: “Please vote against the freedom-destroying, discriminatory Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S.815.” Call Congress toll-free at 866-220-0044 or 877-762-8762. The names of all members of the Senate are available at Truthtellers.org Action Page. Especially call Republican Senators who, until recently, have been wavering. These include John McCain (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Rob Portman (OH), Dean Heller (NV), Ron Johnson (WI), and Orrin Hatch (UT). Perhaps they will change their mind. If only two do so, it will defeat ENDA.
If ENDA passes in the Senate, it will powerfully influence Republicans in the House to also cave in to ENDA, just as their colleagues in the Senate have done.
Call immediately. Call repeatedly all week, right up to the final vote.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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