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-Massachusetts: Churches Must Bow to LGBT ‘Accommodation’

by Dr. D ~ September 9th, 2016

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The Commonwealth (State) of Massachusetts says to heck with religious freedom, LGBT rights are more important. Beginning on October 1st, all churches in the state must bow to the new established state sexual orthodoxy and put their Bibles and doctrines ‘in the closet’ or else. Here’s the story from PJ Media:

On October 1, 2016, the nation’s strictest LGBT non-discrimination laws will come into effect in Massachusetts.  …

The guidance specifically mentions churches as falling under the "public accommodation" restrictions against "discrimination" on the basis of gender identity: "Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public," the MCAD explained.

The restrictions are massive. Any "public accommodation" must allow patrons to use men’s or women’s restrooms — and locker rooms and changing rooms — "consistent with their gender identity." Such places must also "use names, pronouns, and gender-related terms appropriate to employee’s stated gender identity in communications with employee and with others."

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Response: This is really shocking. If you can remember, Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and now this. At one time this Commonwealth supported state churches (until 1833) but now it legally recognizes a new orthodoxy that actually trumps the rights and freedoms of churches to define their own doctrines and internal policies.

Look for lawsuits in the near future from churches and other allied religious organizations. Obviously this will probably end up in the Supreme Court. Since SCOTUS is destined to have at least one new member next year, following the installation of a new President, there is no way to even guess how this will eventually turn out. Will the courts uphold the First Amendment and religious freedom or will the new establishment LGBT sexual orthodoxy gain an extra-Constitutional status over religion in America? This is just the beginning.                 *Top

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4 Responses to -Massachusetts: Churches Must Bow to LGBT ‘Accommodation’

  1. Brian

    Compare the virtually zero media attention that this new Massachusetts statute had gotten to the over-hyped mass media hysteria that has surrounded legislative attempts to protect Christians from LGBT harassment. The American news media can shape and influence public opinion as much by what stories they choose to ignore as by what they choose to focus on.

    The new Massachusetts law is in a chapter of Mass. criminal offenses that involves crimes against “morality and decency”. Thus, if a preacher is prosecuted under this act, he will be prosecuted under the same statutory chapter as a child molester, or a prostitute.

    The statute says that no person associated with a place of public accommodation (i.e. owner, employee, agent etc) may “publish, issue, circulate, distribute or display, or cause to be published, issued, circulated, distributed or displayed, in any way, any advertisement, circular, folder, book, pamphlet, written or painted or printed notice or sign, of any kind or description, intended to discriminate against or actually discriminating against. . . ” any person in a protect class. Now, the protected class includes LGBT.

    In Dottin v. University of Mass. at Amherst, a cafeteria worker at the university allegedly used a racial slur to address an African-American woman. The court awarded $2,500 against the school and hinted that the award would have been higher but for the university’s history of support for civil rights of African-Americans.

    In 2001, in Barbott v. Yellow Cab Company, a taxi company was fined $5,500 for the emotional distress allegedly experienced by a homosexual when a cab company employee used a derogatory term towards him.

    So, Dr. D, forget for a moment the requirements of the statute concerning restrooms, locker rooms, or changing facilities. Merely preaching a sermon in which one states that homosexuality is a sin would be enough, in light of Barbott and Dottin, to inflict emotional distress upon the sensitive ears of an LGBT person who might be in the audience, and allow that person to assuage his/her/its anguish with money.

    Further, the case law is emphatic that an organization cannot bar an applicant from membership because of his/her status as a member of a protected class. See Concord Rod & Gun Club v. Mass. Committee on Discrimination (1988). Thus, a church which refused to allow an individual engaged in LGBT practices to join the church, and to have full benefits of membership, including baptism, would be violating this statute.

    Brian

  2. Brian

    One more thought – the statute is so broadly worded now that virtually any sexual perversion (as long as a child is not involved – they make a specific exception for this) is now protected under the act.

  3. Dr. D

    Thanks Brian for your informed analysis.
    This is even worse than I ever expected. The open ended potential for lawsuits and attacks upon churches and ministers is astounding and unprecedented. Add to that the change coming to SCOTUS and religious freedom could soon be ruled as limited in the face of the new sexual orthodoxy starting in Massachusetts and soon to be spread to California and by judicial fiat to the entire nation.

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