Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mad Mat reminds us that we have seen it all before

Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mad Mat Staver
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Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group, has penned a verbose, end of world, diatribe about the Equality Act (HR5). The Equality Act would simply amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Bills automatically die at the end of the legislative session. I expect HR5 to be among the deceased.

This lengthy tirade includes a quote from Mad Mat Staver:
“The Equality Act is not about equality. This bill eviscerated religious freedom and targets churches with an LGBT wrecking ball,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “This bill pushes the LGBT agenda on all people and targets Christianity in every area of life—including the church. There also will be an increase of sexual assaults when males 'identifying as females' are allowed to use girls and women's bathrooms and locker rooms. We will see an increase of instances where Christians and others are being punished unless they violate their beliefs in order to comply with such a law. And that is just the beginning of unconstitutional chaos in America,” said Staver.
Allow me to offer another quote:
This interpretation, restated time and again, became a part of the life of the people of many of the states and confirmed their habits, customs, traditions and way of life. It is founded on elemental humanity and common sense, for parents should not be deprived by Government of the right to direct the lives and education of their own children.

Though there has been no constitutional amendment or act of Congress changing this established legal principle almost a century old, the Supreme Court of the United States, with no legal basis for such action, undertook to exercise their naked judicial power and substituted their personal political and social ideas for the established law of the land.
Sound familiar? The above was not about the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Nor is it regarding the Equality Act. It is part of the Southern Manifesto written by Strom Thurmond in 1956 and signed by virtually every Southern member of Congress. What they were complaining about was the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education integrating the nation's public schools.

These Calvinists have been at it for over a century. They have re-tooled their bigotry over time. Racism was reoriented to anti-Semitism which was re-tooled for homophobia which was re-tooled as transphobia.

To go from end to end, black men were characterized as a threat to white women. Today transgender women are characterized as a threat to cisgender women. In between, gay men were portrayed as obsessed with “recruiting” children. This meant raping young boys and then converting them from straight to gay.

Opposition to the Equality Act has largely focused on transphobic fear mongering and the piece by Liberty Counsel is no exception:
Therefore, church leadership and nonprofit faith-based organizations and schools would be forced to hire gender-confused individuals and allow men access to female (or vice versa) restrooms, showers, locker rooms, dressing rooms, shelters, dormitories and sports. This legislation would also create many more victims—like women in shelters who have been sexually assaulted by a man posing as a "transgender" to gain access to the facility.
Liberty Counsel familiarly explains:
LGBT indoctrination would be required in school curricula and in workplaces, and Christian teachers in public schools would be forced to not only to listen to such presentations but also to make them for students. Private Christian schools will also be affected.
The simple fact that the Equality Act would do no such thing (it should but will not) seems irrelevant to Liberty Counsel. This kind of bigotry still has a believing audience. They will repeat the same baseless nonsense. What does “indoctrination” even mean?

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