Yesterday, the house passed the Equality Act without going through committee or engaging in any real discussion. The Supreme Court ruled on these issues and everybody gained the rights that were needed through that ruling. However, now, religious organizations will have to stop accepting any federal government funding if they discriminate against LBTG persons and others. For example, many religious organizations run schools and universities. Those schools will no longer be able to choose whom they want to present their values or give up the student loans they receive. We can argue to the cows come home about whether Jesus, Muhammad or Adonai intended to say what people believe they said. Now, the argument is mute, the government has inserted itself into the religious discussion. Some of my ancestors came to America for religious freedom, the right to free speech, and the right to express their ideas. That nation no longer exists.
People have a right to express themselves in any fashion they choose. Other people have a right to choose whom they associate with. The problem is that in protecting every possible individual expression, the nation discriminates against those whom choose not to support every possible individual expression. "A 2017 Gallup poll concluded that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men. A different survey in 2016, from the Williams Institute, estimated that 0.42% of U.S. adults identify as transgender." Clearly, 4.5% of Americans deserve some recognition and equal treatment and in some time in the future, religious organizations may fully recognize all people equally but that is not the situation we live in today. Churches, mosques, and synagogues are integral parts of our community. They support the homeless, provide food to those in need, and give back to our communities in so many ways. Instead, we are telling our religious brethren that we no longer want their participation. America is in the midst of a culture war and to achieve some visionary's version of equality we must be unequal. By rejecting nearly 250 years of history and experience, well meaning people are destroying the very thing that binds us.