Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Brian S. Brown's latest tantrum for money

Brian S. Brown
The latest email from Brian S. Brown on behalf of anti-LGBTQ National Organization for Marriage asking for money is ominously titled: The “Equality” Assault. So just who is assaulting Brown, NOM or NOM supporters? Funny you should ask:
Dear Friend—In the name of 'equality,' a comprehensive assault on people of faith will be unleashed in Congress this week. That's because according to published news reports, the misnamed "Equality Act" is set to be introduced as proposed legislation as early as tomorrow. In so doing, we will be embroiled in defending against an all-out attack on our values, and common sense, that will require a strong, aggressive and determined effort to prevail.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

As you might guess, the blue text links to a donation page.

The “Equality Act” would modify the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include LGBT persons. We would then have the same protections as Brian Brown has by virtue of being an irrational religious conservative. May I add that Mr. Brown is full of crap?
  1. Even if it is true that the measure will be introduced in the House, the prospects of the Equality Act passing in the Senate and then being signed into law by Trump are less than the probability that I will convert and become an ultra-conservative Catholic like Mr. Brown and;
  2. Were this a legitimate concern, the notion that NOM could do anything about it is ludicrous.
I haven't the vaguest clue what Brown is saying as he continues:
I wrote to you late last week about one element of this disturbing special interest proposal – considering belief in traditional marriage to be a "sex stereotype." Even worse, the legislation would redefine the definition of "sex discrimination" under federal law to include sex stereotype, effectively meaning that acting on one's belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman would be illegal.
I believe in traditional marriage just as much as Brian S. Brown. None of the above is close to being true. It gets worse:
The implications of that one provision are breathtaking. For one, it could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court, such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case involving Christian baker Jack Phillips, that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs.
An act of Congress cannot overturn a Supreme Court ruling. Moreover, Brown's characterization of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision is a flat out lie. It has nothing to do with marriage. The baker discriminated against a couple based on their sexual orientation in violation of applicable Colorado law. That law remains is full force and effect. The Supreme Court held that an appeals panel demonstrated impermissible animosity to religion.
Some transphobia for good measure:
But if the proposed Equality Act mirrors legislation previously considered, it would go far beyond considering marriage to be a sex stereotype. Among other things, it would also redefine "sex discrimination" to include gender identity and sexual orientation. It opens up the most intimate areas of life – restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. – to people of the opposite sex if they claim a gender identity matching that sex. It provides that religious belief will be no defense against a claim of "discrimination" based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex stereotype, thus effectively gutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted over 25 years ago. And it declares that it would be discrimination to counsel a person, juvenile or adult, on how to deal with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.
What Brown seems to be blathering about is this. In 2012, the EEOC ruled that employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or transgender status is prohibited under Title VII. The decision held that this form of discrimination was due to sex stereotyping.

The Equality Act does not affect the RFRA and it certainly would not ban adolescent conversion therapy. Brown is promoting the false notion that there exists a religious obligation to discriminate which is utter nonsense. The same idea was dismissed by the Supreme Court in Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, 1968 which, by the way, is referenced in the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision to ensure that the ruling did not create a religious right to discriminate.

As you might have guessed, there is plenty of this:

Brian S. Brown offers no information about exactly how this money will be used to defeat a measure that has no hope of becoming law in the first place. It is rather smart of Democrats to introduce this, It forces the Senate to demonstrate its anti-LGBT biases. I doubt that McConnell would even allow it to come up for a vote.

Same NOM. Same Brown. Same bullshit.

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