Thursday, November 07, 2013

ENDA And The NYT : Defining The New Assault On Religious Freedom

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The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) supposedly fights discrimination. Congress is currently considering whether it should become law.

It is written, its advocates say, to fight discrimination based on "sexual orientation and gender identity" in the workplace.

However, it's becoming more and more clear that the bill is about much more than "fighting discrimination."

It is becoming apparent that the bill is also intended to advance a belief and behavior that stands in opposition to the biblical beliefs and values that millions of Americans hold. It is, itself, discriminating.

The New York Times editorial yesterday not only speaks for the NYT, but for many other news organizations and the activists who are intent on "remaking America."

The NYT is strongly advocating that ENDA be passed, but also pointing out that it has a "significant flaw" that should be corrected.

And that flaw relates directly to religious freedom and the exemptions currently in ENDA.

The New York Times is declaring that all religious exemptions should be removed from the bill. And others are echoing their sentiments.

It's time to turn another page in the assault on religious freedom in America.

The Times says the significant flaw is "a terribly broad religious exemption."

They say, "The exemption would extend beyond churches and other houses of worship to religiously affiliated institutions, like hospitals and universities, and would allow those institutions to discriminate against people in jobs with non religious function, like billing clerks, cafeteria workers and medical personnel."

The Times says, "The exemption would give a stamp of legitimacy to the very sort of discrimination the act is meant to end."

Very revealing.

Essentially, they are saying biblical beliefs regarding homosexual behavior are illegitimate and should be kept that way. Or, if people want to believe such things, they must not be allowed to practice those beliefs publicly, even in the institutions built because of those biblical beliefs and convictions.

Discrimination is not a biblical value. However, we have now come to a time if someone does not "affirm" this behavior, they are discriminating. Or bullying. Or are bigoted and intolerant.

The work, money and sacrifice invested in founding these institutions was motivated by deep biblical beliefs and convictions. Those values and convictions built the first 126 colleges and universities in this country (and many since then) and a majority of the hospitals. Those convictions and beliefs are now under assault.

In the name of "fairness" and "equality," we demand the benefit of your work and sacrifice, but reject your beliefs, values and convictions that led you to create the institutions.

As the NYT succinctly points out, they believe the biblical beliefs regarding marriage and homosexual behavior are illegitimate and must be suppressed or legally eliminated from the culture.

Ben Shapiro says, "The Times did not make it clear how far these exceptions should extend, but the implication is that private religious schools may not make the cut."

He says, the Times is embracing a "top down notion of morality" that "springs from government rather than an open market in which the more qualified employees are pursued by employers intent on generating profits, is a religiously discriminating one."

Shapiro also said, "The Times thinks the religious employers ought to hire and fire without regard for their religious values."

The position of the NYT is echoed around the country as it becomes more and more fashionable to assault, not necessarily religious, but specifically Christian values and principles. And those who hold those values.

Anger erupts when personal desire and behavior collides with biblical Truth.

Last week, Isaiah Smith, an 18 year old high school senior at Birdville High in North Richland Hills, Texas, brought a Bible to school and began tearing it apart in front of classmates.


He was angry because some of the kids had told him the Bible taught that homosexual behavior is sin. He is involved in homosexual behavior.

He began tearing pages from the books of Leviticus and Romans. He was acting out on the same beliefs the New York Times is advocating.

It seems the current attitude is to not only reject the teaching of Scripture, but to attack those Scriptures that do not affirm a desired lifestyle and behavior.

The message seems to be: "Tear out these designated pages from the Bible and we'll give you your religious freedom."

The school suspended Isaiah three days for, "distraction and disruption in class by tearing up a Bible."

Isaiah says he thinks he's going to sue the school for violating his First Amendment rights.

Analyze that.

To say biblical Christianity is under attack in America today would be an understatement.

How should biblical Christians respond?

I'll be talking more about the appropriate response on the radio today. Join me live at 9 AM PST. Here's how to listen in from anywhere in the world.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Not Afraid. Be Bold. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.


  1. How should we react? To Jon Carson,
    Although I have worked with and have friends who are gay, I'm afraid of such specific legislation, as ENDL. I no longer consider supporting the boy scouts, and wonder about the morality of our military. More important, why not pass a balanced budget and not steal from and impoverish us poor, common redneck Americans by devaluation of the dollar?

  2. People are increasingly realizing how stupid and illogical it is to create a law of the land that everyone has to comply with - unless you disagree for the right reason. A law is a law is a law and it should apply regardless of the reason you disagree. If you think that violates with your religious freedom, so be it if your religion advocates violating our laws.

    1. As the NYT wants ENDL constructed violates the 1st Amendment. You know............OUR LAW.......from the beginning.

      Craig in Lacey

    2. So? What does that have to do with allowing only certain people to be exempt from the law because of their beliefs? If it did actually violate the 1st Amendment, that would apply to everyone equally.

  3. Again Gary misrepresents the issues.

    First of all I can't find a single story that says ANYTHING about Isaiah Smith's sexual behavior. I've seen many stories that refer to his sexual identity. Yet Gary makes a point of claiming "involved in homosexual behavior". Does Gary have a source for this claim? Or does he just regularly go around making unfounded assumptions about the sexual behavior of high school students -identifying them by name- before a national audience?

    Secondly, Isaiah isn't angry because "some of the kids had told him the Bible taught that homosexual behavior is sin", he is angry because he was being bullied and harassed by students - who used their interpretation of the Bible as justification for their bullying! If you have any doubts that this bullying is taking place - just google "Dallas Voice Isaiah Smith" and read the comments on their story. There you will find parents of other children at this school publicly bullying Isaiah!

    Seems so-called "Biblical Christians" like Gary have no qualms lying to advance their agenda!

    1. First, it's not "their" interpretation of the Bible. The Bible stands alone, it needs no interpretation.

      "You shall not lay with a man as with a women" is clearly what it says, believe it or not! God at creation and Jesus in the New Testament clearly defined marriage as between one man and one women, and the 2 shall become 'one flesh'. No 2 men, No 2 women,

      No misunderstandings, no wiggle room.

      Secondly, as a heterosexual man, it would follow I'm involved in heterosexual sex. Sex being the second most powerful drive after food. No assumption there, plain logic...try it sometime.

      As for bullying, I agree that's wrong. If they were spitting on the kid, hitting him, calling him names, etc., they were out of line.

      If they were simply telling him that God doesn't approve of homosexuality and that repentance is needed and forgiveness available, they were doing what they're supposed to be doing, spreading the Gospel.

      On the other hand, maybe acting like a sissy gets you treated like one.....

      Craig in Lacey

    2. That's YOUR interpretation of the bible.

      I can assure you of one thing, the bible being written in Aramaic and greek most certainly does not say "You shall not lay with a man as with a women". That is a translation, and like all translations is a result of intrepretation!

      As for you second point. Does that mean that the vast majority of high school students, being heterosexual, are involved in heterosexual sex!?!? So much for abstinence only education, eh? Seems clear that there is a MAJOR assumption being made by Gary here, yet you are willing to excuse it.

      Telling someone that YOU thin that God doesn't approve of their orientation can most certainly constitute bullying. Again, you are willing to excuse the inexcusable because it aligns with your agenda.

      Your last sentence make it painfully clear that you are speaking from a place of anti-gay bigotry.

    3. "On the other hand, maybe acting like a sissy gets you treated like one....."

      And with a single sentence, Craig cuts to the chase and exposes all the convoluted anti-gay arguments for what they are, they are just cover for the real objection to gays - you just really, really don't like them!

    4. Sadly, you seem to be ignorant of the fact that the quote from Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lay with a man as with a woman; THAT IS DETESTABLE" was originally written in Hebrew and is included in a long list of sexual sins that God says are an abomination to Him. Leviticus 20:13 states the list again and includes in verse 13, "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." The New Testament which was originally written in Aramaic and Greek say the same thing about sexual sins but goes further in naming what God calls wrong. Romans 1:26-27, "Because of this (exchanging the truth for a lie vs.25) God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." Then the passage goes on to include wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, boasting, disobedience to parents...Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Verse 18 of the same chapter starts out, 'The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness since what many be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. No one is exempt from God's wrath for the sins so clearly spelled out in the bible but that's the reason God sent His Son to die and through His death pay the penalty for our sins. Translations of the Bible like the New American Standard, New King James Version, EVS, NIV have undergone extreme care to stay true to the original language. The interpretation of the Leviticus passages and Romans 1:26-27, I Corinthians 6:9 are all in harmony, consistent and carefully translated to mean what God clearly said about any kind and all kinds of sexual immorality.
      Your fight is not with Christians - your fight is with God. We all need His salvation from the sins that beset us. May you find His forgiveness and redemption and may you stop calling people names.

    5. If my fight is with "God", why doesn't he/she post here in response?

    6. Game, set, match!

  4. Crazy laws being suggested because politicians and people have been going against the laws of God, and their foolishness is evident. It will become more clear in the days ahead.

    So many problems arise when men go down the wrong road.

    Would it make any sense to write a law that would protect a thief from arrest by police while he is in the act of commiting a crime?

    They should seek to protect the innocent, not the lawbreakers. But when men go against God, they enlist themselves in the Devil's army, and his servants they will be, until the day they wake up and come to the cross of Christ, the message of salvation and deliverance from their sins, if ever that day should happen for them.

    What else can we do but tell the truth about what's going on?


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