Monday, April 22, 2019

Uh-oh - The Equality Act "undermines human freedom and dignity"

If enacted, the Equality Act protects people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Stella Morabito
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
According to Stella Morabito: The So-Called Equality Act Is A Bait-and-Switch Power Grab. The subtitle of this epic treatise reads:
The ‘Equality’ Act doesn’t really protect anybody. It undermines human freedom and dignity by legally stripping Americans across the board of inalienable rights.
Some history is in order
Five years ago, April of 2014, Ms. Morabito claimed that same-sex marriage was also a “bait and switch” proposition. The goal of the gay community wasn't equality, she claimed, but abolishing the institution of marriage. I wonder how that is progressing. Six months later, in October, Morabito claimed that singles rights, combined with same-sex marriage, will abolish all marriage. Did that happen while I was napping?

Ms. Morabito provides a great deal of material including how anti-bullying programs create more bullying. And she is not infrequently disturbed by the evil LGBT agenda. More recently Morabito wrote:
Activists for normalizing pedophilia are on the move. Public acceptance of adult sex with children is the next domino poised to fall in identity politics. It’s being sustained, among other things, by the rapid sexualization of children in the media and in K-12 education.
Yes! They have incorporated the Pedophile Rights Campaign or PRC (not to be confused with the People's Republic of China). There is so, so much more. The point is that Stella Morabito is a shameless conspiracy theorist in defense of the teachings of the Catholic Church. This would be laughable were it not for the fact that so many people take her very seriously.

The current piece is quite lengthy. I am only going to quote a tiny fraction lest I cause others to suffer.
The Equality Act
It is a power grab in the guise of anti-discrimination. A bait-and-switch. It’s another attempt by a ruling micro-clique to exert mega-control over everyone else’s lives, including those it purports to protect. It allows the Mass State to maximize bureaucracy and social engineering, especially by its huge regulation of speech and expression. It erodes individual rights while claiming to uphold them.
I have no clue what the “micro-clique” or “Mass State” (strangely capitalized) are. Nondiscrimination laws do all that? Wow. Morabito follows the above with a diatribe describing Christian victimization. Then she states five points to supposedly support her contention that nobody is protected and that the Equality Act is a bait & switch. (She never quite explains what the bait is and what is switches to.)

1. It Undermines Everyone’s First Amendment Rights
Somehow the Equality Act also invalidates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She never explains how. It is all some sort of conspiracy:
So the mask is off. All prior promises of conscience clauses in past incarnations of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws are hereby exposed as bait intended only to push through bad laws until conscience protections could be abolished.
Additionally, this woman is profoundly confused. She seems to think that the Equality Act will compel people to use gender-appropriate pronouns. As proof she cites the supposed New York City ordinance that provides for a fine of $250,000 for misgendering people. She actually undermines her own argument because the NYC ordinance was passed in 2015 in the absence of the Equality Act. As Snopes explains, the supposed $250,000 fine is misleading.

The Equality Act will leave people free to be boorish and uncivil. She goes on to claim that the act will compromise freedom of association; that it eliminates sex distinctions and that it bans conversion therapy. It would do none of those things. Nor does it have anything to do with parental custody issues (as she claims). Did I mention that Morabito is obsessed with all things transgender?
2. The Ambiguities in the Bill Threaten the Rule of Law
…the newly injected category is “LGBT,” which refers to an entire panoply of personal relationships, social activities, attitudes, and various feelings of identity that can change from day to day.
Neither sexual orientation nor gender identity “change from day to day.” She is also quite disturbed that discrimination based on perceived gender or orientation would be banned. Morabito over-complicates the issue by waxing on (for several paragraphs) about how perceptions are impossible to determine. The language (which exists in part in the Civil Rights Act of 1964): “a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, concerning the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, respectively, of the individual.”

As you can see, it is actually pretty simple. Nevertheless, Morabito goes on for three more hyperbolic paragraphs about the evils of perceptions. Normal people fully understand this concept.
3. Nudge Toward a Chinese-style Social Credit System
Yup. She actually wrote that. That is just insane. “Next.”
4. Redefining Humanity By Outlawing Sex Distinctions
…the act embeds a premise into its definition of gender identity that tells every American that his or her physical sex should not be legally recognized as real. Here’s its definition: “The term ‘gender identity’ means the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerism, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.”
Oh the oppression! She goes on to explain that, according to the Act, “physical reality has nothing to do with your maleness or femaleness.”

That is not remotely accurate. It is willful disregard of the construct of gender which is separate from sex. Moreover, incongruence occurs in about a half percent of the population. What is so damned hard to understand here? She inexplicably goes on to write:
More jurisdictions like Oregon are allowing people to opt out of sex distinctions altogether on official identification. With such laws, your sexual identity is deemed to be all in your mind, even if your perception is aligned with physical reality. So your sexed body essentially becomes unrecognized in law.
Aside from misconstruing the effect of the Oregon law, none of that has anything to do with the Equality Act.

In simplest terms, gender identity discrimination is based upon someone's presentation. Therefore, it is discrimination based on appearance. It is prejudice in the true sense of the word. There is no logical reason to refuse service, employment or housing because of someone's appearance. I thought that we settled this by banning racial discrimination.

Morabito has another conspiracy theory:
We should note that eliminating sex distinctions in law is the most effective path to abolishing state recognition of biological familial relationships. Once we no longer recognize male and female as distinct legal identities, any family relationships based on those distinctions—mother or father, son or daughter, husband or wife—fade away.
The above is insane. Irrational. She is implying intent which is crazy talk.
5. It Enshrines Socially Destructive Identity Politics
Increasingly, it relies on the concept of “intersectionality,” which scores your status according to which groups you belong to by race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and so on. If you are perceived as “white” and heterosexual, for example, gurus of identity politics will deem you guilty of “white privilege” in an effort to smear you and cut your voice off from public discourse.
What does any of that nonsense have to do with nondiscrimination? Sexual orientation and gender identity exist with, or without, the Equality Act. Who are these people who are determined to silence others? Astonishingly she follows with this sentence:
Those who push identity politics rely heavily on promoting stereotypes and caricatures of people with no interest in getting to know people as individuals.
In the above, Stella Morabito has described, quite perfectly, her own homophobia and transphobia which she promotes continuously on behalf of the Church.

More conspiracies afoot:
The Mass State Decides What Equality Means

The reasons I list above all come down to one trenchant point worth repeating yet again: this proposed law is a thinly veiled power grab by statists. The LGBT demographic is simply the victim group used as their pawn, their vehicle, the means to that end.
Let me restate the simple fact that this is all laughable, even amusing. However, many people take Stella Morabito quite seriously. They do so in spite of a obvious craziness and a track record of predicting things that were irrational propositions that have never come to pass. Morabito was even one of Tony Perkins' poodles a few years ago. Back then Caitlyn Jenner drove her even more insane.

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