Democrat House Set To Pass ‘Equality Act,’ Critics Warn It Attacks Women’s Rights And Religious Freedom
The House of Representatives is poised to pass the so-called Equality Act on Thursday, a piece of legislation that the proponents claim would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
However, conservatives argue the bill would institute discrimination against religious beliefs while being extremely detrimental to women’s rights.
President Biden has voiced his support of the Equality Act as one of his top legislative priorities.
“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation,” he wrote after Democrats introduced the bill.
“Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”
(Thread 1/2): Joined @TuckerCarlson on @FoxNews tonight to discuss the “Equality Act” — I have seen less science denial from @FlatEarthOrg than I have from the identity obsessed #Democrats. pic.twitter.com/CUra8O9xMb
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) February 25, 2021
What Is The Equality Act Really All About?
Leftists have actively been pitching the Equality Act as a means to amend existing federal civil rights laws to extend protections for LGBTQ Americans.
“Just as [a business] would not be able to turn away somebody for any other prohibited reason in the law, they would not be able to do that for LGBTQ people either,” says Ian Thompson, senior legislative representative at the ACLU.
The Act would be applicable nationwide, superseding the laws of states that do not have LGBTQ provisions, and would cover other areas such as education, housing, and health care.
The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, designed primarily to combat racism, to add sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’ as protected classes.
The Act is controversial for people on all sides of the aisle as a thinly-veiled attack on religious rights and the rights of women.
We must govern on what is right, not on people’s feelings.
I OPPOSE the disgusting, evil, immoral “Equality” Act! pic.twitter.com/8kW9ubHTRw
— Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) February 25, 2021
Ryan Anderson, president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, writes that the Equality Act is “a danger to women’s and conscience rights.”
Anderson describes the bill as “a sword to persecute those who don’t embrace newfangled gender ideologies” and would “sacrifice the hard-won rights of women, while privileging men who identify as women.”
The so-called Equality Act forces girls to share locker rooms with boys, destroys girls sports, takes children away from their parents, and forces doctors to perform taxpayer-funded abortions.
I gave a FIREY speech against this monstrosity? pic.twitter.com/Sc4YcDRDIf
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) February 24, 2021
“For decades, our laws worked to ensure equal treatment of men and women by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘sex,’ recognizing the equal dignity of males and females as well as the biological differences inherent in sexed bodies,” writes Mary Rice Hasson, an attorney.
“The Equality Act puts all of this, and more, at risk.”
‘Equality Act’ Viciously Attacks Christians, Freedom, Society, Sex, And You https://t.co/jshHF9NyW5
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 25, 2021
Natasha Chart, chair of the Women’s Liberation Front, and Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish Values, co-wrote an op-ed that panned the Equality Act.
“We agree entirely that the Equality Act is a fatally flawed, and even hateful, piece of legislation,” they reveal.
The Equality Act has nothing to do w/ equality. It’s a smokescreen to force Americans to accept the LGBTQ agenda & it creates a lot of INEQUALITY for people of faith. It punishes individuals & organizations that disagree based on their moral convictions. https://t.co/vJPG5Jy3jD
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) February 23, 2021
Even NBC News ran a column in which Rabbi Avi Shafran, public affairs director for Agudath Israel of America, argues that the Equality Act will eviscerate religious freedom.
Shafran points out that the Act goes too far “by cutting off avenues of appeal for any penalties imposed under the act.”
“The Equality Act sends an ugly message,” he laments. “Religion doesn’t matter.”
Today, I rose in defense of women, girls, and children.
The so-called “Equality” Act needs to be struck down.
This is about women’s and girls’ rights.
I ask everyone to please pause, consider the ramifications, and VOTE NO on the so-called “Equality” Act. pic.twitter.com/v2jjzru8L6
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 24, 2021
Some People Still Trying To Protect Women
Back to Hasson’s column, she points out that the Equality Act is 31 pages long and never once mentions the word “female.”
This move seems intentional and holds in line completely with Democrats who literally eliminated gendered language from the official House rules.
Democrat Tulsi Gabbard at the time criticized the move saying, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women.”
Now they are trying to codify that denial of biology and science into law.
Tulsi Gabbard blasts the new House rules that get rid of “gendered language” on Tucker:
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the biological existence of women.” pic.twitter.com/eoQEl1QNWR
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 5, 2021
Gabbard introduced legislation last session that would force Title IX to be applied based on a person’s biological sex, not their identified gender.
It is an attempt to stop taking opportunities away from female athletes by allowing biological males to compete in their sports or on their level.
Her legislation “was created out of this recognition that there is a biological distinction between men and women and boys and girls and … because of that there needs to be a level playing field for girls and women to be able to compete and play in sports,” she explained.
Science denial has real-world implications as well.
Connecticut high school track athlete Alanna Smith, who just had support for her lawsuit seeking to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports withdrawn by the Biden administration, expressed her disappointment.
“A lot of biological females have missed out on making it to meets that really matter,” Smith told Fox News. “And the transgender athletes have taken spots on the podium that belong to biological females.”
“We train for so many days a week, so many hours to be able to be the best in our state and the best in our region, and these biological males are just taking it away from us and we really deserve it,” she added.
Members Of Congress Battle With Flags, Signs
Meanwhile, Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL), who has a transgender daughter and is a supporter of the Equality Act, placed a blue, pink and white ‘trans rights’ flag outside her office to antagonize Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who has opposed the Equality Act.
Our neighbor, @RepMTG, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is “disgusting, immoral, and evil.”
Thought we’d put up our Transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door ??️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/dV8FatQFnx
— Congresswoman Marie Newman (@RepMarieNewman) February 24, 2021
Greene fired back by suggesting Newman “trust the science.”
Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called “Equality” Act to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 24, 2021
The bill “will put trans rights above women’s rights,” Greene argued.
That is the exact opposite of equality.