Monday, June 16, 2014

FRC doesn't like Obama's intent to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating

Logo of the Family Research Council.
The President plans to sign an executive order that will provide employment non-discrimination protections to people working for federal contractors. Needless to say the hate group, Family Research Council, is displeased.

“Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg released the following statement:”
This political gesture reflects the president's repeated disregard for the legislative process. Congress has not passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) or similar provisions, despite activists' pressure to do so, because of the detrimental impact on employers' and employees' constitutional freedoms of religion, speech, and association. Historically, these kinds of provisions have not been applied to conduct-based distinctions that are not found in the Constitution.
The reason that ENDA has not passed through both houses of Congress is because the Republican Party continues to do the bidding of the radical Christian right. No reasonable connection can be made to freedoms of speech, religion and association.
Peter Sprigg
Today's announced executive order will give activists a license to challenge their employers whenever they feel aggrieved, exposing those employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts. Furthermore, by requiring federal contractors to consider characteristics and behaviors related to a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, this policy will make contractors liable for protecting actual or perceived self-disclosed and fluid identities that may not even be known.
30 states plus numerous localities provide some form of employment protection guarantees and there has been no glut of litigation as these right wing crackpots always claim will occur. The second sentence of this paragraph is simply gibberish. Claiming that contractors must consider what the law says they should not consider is a dishonest attempt to give credence to the preposterous notion that federal contractors need to discriminate against LGBT people. The Christianists made similar claims about the repeal of DADT which seems to have occurred without being problematic.
The timing of this announcement is clearly designed to curry favor with activist organizations. While the president prepares to address a New York gathering of gay rights supporters, the American people will be left to sort out the costs to religious and constitutional liberties resulting from this executive order.
The timing of this announcement is clearly long overdue.

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