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ENDA TRAMPLES CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE

By Rev. Ted Pike
26 Jan 10

When is a Christian obligated to disobey an evil government and face possible persecution, imprisonment—even death? It is when government would require the Christian to disobey God and help corrupt his fellow man. The Anti-Defamation League’s church and workplace hate crimes bill, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would cause countless American employers to face this choice.

If approved by the US House in mid-February and later by the Senate and president, ENDA would require Christian employers to hire qualified homosexuals and not fire them because of their sexual orientation. It would exponentially heighten the likelihood of “harassment” lawsuits against Christian employers who witnessed to homosexual employees. ENDA thus coerces Christians to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers.

Scripture commands: “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them.” (Eph. 5:11) The Bible requires Christians to not even eat with so-called Christians who practice sexual immorality (1 Cor. 5:11). ENDA would make it illegal for Christian churches, organizations and employers to observe this command of our faith.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964¸ from which ENDA receives its authority, is unclear about a church’s obligation to not “discriminate” against minorities. But ENDA could easily be used to force churches to hire homosexuals in at least non-spiritual positions. All it takes is a decree from Attorney General Eric Holder, upheld by President Obama. The ADL and a cluster of Jewish organizations in America, along with other liberal groups, are now pressuring Holder to force Christian churches and organizations to hire homosexuals. [1]

Already Happening in Canada

About five years ago in Canada, a Christian church school discovered it unknowingly hired a practicing homosexual. When they attempted to fire him, he immediately appealed for protection under Canada’s anti-hate law. The government told school authorities they would be fined and imprisoned if they fired him. The church capitulated.

The Bible prophesies that someday Anti-Christ will require all people to receive his mark, “666,” on their forehead or the back of their hand. Refusal means starvation. In that day, millions will rationalize that survival outweighs moral objections. But Christ says anyone who cooperates will be cast into hell (Rev. 14:9-11). Is it a lesser compromise for Christians to hire homosexuals as staff workers—including PE coaches and summer camp counselors—to be mentors and examples for Christian youth? By accepting ENDA’s requirement of a “criticism-free zone” for homosexuals, Christian leaders will provide a perfect base of operation for sodomites and pedophiles to prey on Christian youth, even recruiting them into sexual perversion. Clearly, if any church in our relatively prosperous society submits to ENDA’s terms, their sin is even greater than accepting the mark of the beast to avoid starvation.

Churches and church schools, like businesses of over 15 employees (Rep. Dennis Kucinich wants it lessened to six), will also have to allow males who claim they are “transitioning” into females unlimited access to female bathrooms and shower facilities. If a church school administrator or Christian business owner refuses such a request, they can be indicted as federal hate criminals, heavily fined, and imprisoned. Churches can lose tax exemption and face seizure of property.

Considering its nightmarish and immoral consequences, ENDA must not be allowed to become law! ENDA had hearings in both the House and Senate Education and Labor Committees this fall. Because conservatives were preoccupied with healthcare, there was virtually no encouragement to Republicans to oppose ENDA. In the House hearing, only one in 19 committee Republicans even attended! Result: ADL and the homosexuals triumphed in both hearings.

Normally, laws of this magnitude would be debated in the judiciary committees. But dominant Democrats don’t want feisty Judiciary watchdogs (like Reps. Gohmert, King, Goodlatte and Forbes) to tear into ENDA like they did into the hate bill last April. Televised exposure of that debate led the National Prayer Network to create devastating videos and e-alerts which flashed through the religious right. Bad publicity slowed the hate bill’s passage in the Senate by nearly three months.

Right now, lovers of freedom must bombard their members of the House and Senate and demand they vote no on ENDA. Also call the House and Senate Judiciary Committee members, both Republican and Democrat, with the following message. Tell them, “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) HR 3017 or HR 2981 and S 1584, is primarily a legal and civil rights issue which should be debated in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Yet Democrats are rushing ENDA forward, ignoring due legislative process. I demand that this very dangerous and discriminatory legislation be adequately debated in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. I urge you to vote no on ENDA.”

The names of all House and Senate Judiciary Members are listed on the Action Page at www.truthtellers.org. Call 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll.

Don’t think that Tea Party and townhall activism or Jim Brown’s victory in Massachusetts means the Democrats are going to retreat on ENDA. They are going to try to do as much moral and legislative damage to America as they can—unless you roar in protest now!

 

Footnote

  1. Jewish groups demanding churches hire homosexuals include: the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Hadassah, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, National Council of Jewish Women, Na’amat USA, Rabbinical Assembly, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Women of Reform Judaism. (www.jta.org, Sept. 17, 2009, “Holder Urged to Drop Religious Hiring Exemption”)

 


 
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