Monday, May 20, 2019

"The USCCB continues to oppose the Equality Act in Congress" - Rhetoric via ADF

“Why are the bishops regurgitating rhetoric from an anti-LGBT hate group? Why are they being so dishonest?”
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who heads the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan claims to oppose "unjust" discrimination. Yet, he championed the exclusion of a child from a Catholic school because the child's parents are a gay couple.
via CNS
It should come as no surprise that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the Equality Act. They believe — and assert — that gay people are “objectively disordered.” Transgender people do not really exist according to them. The USCCB should be reclassified from a 501(c)3 to a 501(c)4 eliminating tax deductions for contributions (the Florida conference is so organized). After all, the conference devotes a great deal of time and energy into imposing on public policy the catechism of the Catholic Church.
Five Bishop Chairmen spoke out against it on behalf of their committees:
  • Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Committee on Pro-Life Activities
  • Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development
  • Bishop Michael C. Barber, Committee on Catholic Education
  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Committee for Religious Liberty
  • Bishop James D. Conley, Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage 
The following is a combined quote:
“Our faith calls us to uphold every individual’s dignity and rights against unjust discrimination – including in employment, housing, and services – regardless of characteristics or background. Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights. The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ’gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women’s shelters and many single-sex schools. It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children’s rights to a mother and father. The bill would even act as an abortion mandate. We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach. We are gravely disappointed with the Act’s passage in the U.S. House.”
Bullshit.
Apparently firing gay employees of Catholic schools is just discrimination. Whoever actually wrote this drivel is just repeating the same obnoxious talking points from Alliance Defending Freedom. It is a fact that there is no “negative impact” on the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.

The Equality Act does not affect some of these things at all. For example, parental rights do not change in any way if the measure is enacted. These are lies. The source of much of this mendacity is Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group. The very idea that nondiscrimination has some effect on free speech is right out of Mississippi, circa 1964.

If these pampered prelates are so opposed to “unjust discrimination” why, then, is it so important to be able to discriminate in, for example, health care, charitable services and schools? Why must religious liberties include the liberty to discriminate against people they disapprove of?

Why are the bishops repeating the lie that transgender people pose a threat to women? Aside from the fact that they comprise about a quarter of one percent of the population, their existence and their right not to be discriminated against have no effect whatsoever on cisgender women. Where did that come from? Religious zealot and transphobic Ryan T. Anderson?

Furthermore, they are free to run discriminatory adoption and foster care agencies. Just not with taxpayer funds. Also, they are ignoring the large body of research demonstrating that children raised by gay couples are as healthy and happy as their peers. And, no, the measure has no effect on reproductive choice. It is profoundly dishonest to claim that it acts as an “abortion mandate.”

“We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it.” Then where is the bishops' alternate proposal? Why are the bishops regurgitating rhetoric from an anti-LGBT hate group? Why are they being so dishonest?

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