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-The Clash Between LGBT ‘Special Rights’ and Religious Freedom Increases

by Dr. D ~ February 24th, 2015

After the passage of the ‘Transgender Bathroom Rights’ bill in Houston, Texas and the obvious challenges that ‘discrimination’ provision made to religious freedom, I noted that this was just the beginning and that progressive activists would soon try to pass similar legislation all across America.

Already a number of state legislatures are now considering similar ‘special rights’ bills protecting sexual orientation and gender identity even though some of these laws may directly conflict with our Constitutional right of religious freedom. See the video above from Citizen Link.

Charlotte N.C. is the latest city to consider a ‘transgender bathroom’ bill and there is considerable reaction within the Christian community over how it would affect religious liberty and public safety. Franklin Graham in particular has commented on it:

"I cannot see why City Council would even consider this. It is not only ridiculous, it’s unsafe," Graham, the 62-year-old president of Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian organization and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement.

"Common sense tells us that this would open the door, literally, to all sorts of serious concerns including giving sexual predators access to children. It violates every sense of the privacy and decency for people."

Meanwhile in Arkansas, the state lawmakers are trying to pass a law restricting any similar  ‘discrimination’ policies that might clash with religious freedom.  However, the City of Eureka Springs quickly passed their own version of a ‘special rights’ discrimination ordinance beating the state to the punch. (HT: Brian-loyal reader and contributor)

The provision supposedly gives an out to religious institutions if they can demonstrate that they are acting according to their stated theological beliefs or teachings. In the case of a lawsuit, a judge would decide? Also it seems to leave a door open to force  religious institutions, who rent out their facilities, to allow anyone to use as long as there is no ‘ceremony.’ Which could mean that churches might be forced to rent out their halls for parties, anniversaries and receptions including same-sex celebrations.

So the beat goes on and eventually some of these bills that specifically challenge religious liberty will end up in court as churches and religious institutions are sued for non-compliance. Then we will see if the First Amendment is still worth the fading ink on the original parchment or whether it’ll be trumped by ‘special rights’ never mentioned or foreseen by the founders.          *Top

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