Today the Senate will pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act. It’s about time that people can no longer be fired because of their sexuality or sexual identity.
The forces fighting to keep workplace discrimination legal seem to be doing so in the name of “religious liberty” – and even more damning is that the religion they’re “protecting” is Christianity.
Whoa! Does anyone else see the massive disconnect and overwhelming hypocrisy here?
As a person of Jewish heritage who long ago used logic to rid herself of any organized religious beliefs, I do believe in the “golden rule”. I’ll admit I’m the last person you’d want to consult about what is written in the Bible, but I do know that Jesus taught charity, compassion, and tolerance – everything today’s religious right seems to be resolutely against.
The claim of the religious right that their religious liberties would be threatened by allowing others the freedom to live their own lives in whatever way makes them happy while posing no threat to anyone else is not only absurd, but it’s un-Christian!
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard a case about prayer before public meetings. From the Talk Radio News Service:
* The Supreme Court, which begins its sessions with an invocation to God, considered Wednesday whether Greece, NY, had crossed a constitutional line in opening its Town Board meetings with mostly Christian prayers* The court 30 years ago decided that legislatures may open their sessions with a prayer. The question Wednesday was whether different rules might be needed for a council meeting, where citizens often come to ask for favors or official action* Justice Elena Kagan immediately asked Thomas Hungar, representing the town, whether it would have been proper for the chief justice to have asked all in attendance to stand, bow their heads and listen to a prayer that called upon “the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.”* Hungar said he d idn’t think so, but that legislative sessions had a “different history” about prayers opening legislative sessions. That was in part the essence of the arguments, which went to the question of what prayers would be acceptable to non-Christians* Justice Alito gave the example of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists