The Equality Act, a bill that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law, would be “catastrophic” for Christians and churches if it becomes law, evangelist Franklin Graham has warned. Graham, in a recent article for Decision Magazine, warned that the bill, which was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would grant the same protections afforded to racial minorities and women under the Civil Rights Act to the LGBTQ community, causing significant legal problems for Christians who hold a biblical worldview.
“The House of Representatives has already passed this atrocious bill, and only the Republican controlled Senate and the president stand in its way. If the Senate majority changes or if enough Republican senators change their position, it would be up to the president to veto the bill. And if that office were to change hands in 2020, I have little doubt this would become the law of the land,” Graham said. “This legislation will have catastrophic consequences for churches and faith-based non-profits who would lose all protections to hire people who adhere to their Biblical statements of faith. Christians will be persecuted for their sincerely held beliefs as never before.
The clear teachings of the Bible on the sins of homosexuality and abortion will no doubt be considered ‘hate speech.’ It will be a nightmare from which this nation may never recover,” he warned. He thanked President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo for making the decision not to fly the gay flag over our embassies during gay pride month. That is the right decision. The only flag that should fly over our embassies is the flag of the United States of America. The gay pride flag is offensive to Christians and millions of people of other faiths. The U.S. flag represents our nation, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation,” Graham noted.
The Equality Act, would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms or lose their businesses and jobs. Hospitals and insurers would also be forced to provide and pay for therapies against any moral or medical objections and it would force professionals to act against their best judgment to provide transition-affirming therapies. Families would suffer due to the politicisation of medicine as hormonal and surgical interventions for gender dysphoric children are introduced and ideological education in schools would become normalized. The Equality Act “could also lead to the dismantling of sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces.”
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