You Say You Want a Resolution…
By Tony Perkins
Should pro-life organizations be forced to hire pro-abortion employees? Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) doesn’t think so. As if ordering groups to pay for abortion wasn’t enough, now the city of D.C. is trying to order those groups to staff their offices with people who support it! That’s the effect of the District’s “Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act,” which the city passed to openly target Christian and pro-life businesses and organizations. Under the bill, even a conservative group like FRC would be forced to hire people who are openly hostile to their values. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. In what alternate universe would the government strong-arm businesses to hire the competition — or in our case, opposition? Fortunately, the District is still under the management of the U.S. Congress — which has introduced two resolutions of disapproval: one on this measure and another on the city’s Human Rights Amendment. Under the guise of “tolerance,” D.C. passed a bill that would require religious schools to embrace homosexuality, and specifically, gay and lesbian student groups. Led by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), the Republican Study Committee is asking for Congress to exercise its authority and protect schools from having to promote or participate in LGBT activities that violate their beliefs. Calling it an attack on religious liberty, Hartzler argues that “Americans are protected by the Constitution from being forced by their government to take actions that go against their religious beliefs. Forcing religious schools to go against their beliefs goes directly against our Constitution and shouldn’t be allowed.” Although both “discrimination” acts were signed into law by the D.C. Mayor, Congress still has the final say. And that say should be “no!” Encourage your members to support the Black and Hartzler bills to bring D.C. back into line with the First Amendment the city houses!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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