This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to take up HR-5, a bill disguised as an extension of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But many feel this bill will actually take away the first and most important right afforded us in the Constitution: the freedom of speech and religious practice and conscience.
Mike and David look at this bill from several perspectives:
- What is the real intent of this bill?
- Should Christians actively fight this legislation or just sit back and trust God for the outcome?
- If this bill becomes law, and Biblical Christianity in America is in essence proclaimed “illegal”, how should bible-believing Christians respond? And how will American Christianity, already compromising with secular culture for the sake of money and popularity, respond?
- If this bill is enacted could it be God’s way of beginning to separate the wheat from the chaff? The true believer from the fake ones?
But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 1:10-13
“For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:27-31
A Dangerous Attack on Religious Freedom – here are the details from Liberty Council
This bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by striking the word “sex,” and inserting “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity” as protected classes throughout the federal code. This amendment applies to employment, housing, rental, public accommodation and more.
Star Parker: I once complained that our society was denying morality – right and wrong. Now we’re beyond this. We’re denying reality in its entirety.
“Indeed, the deniers of reality on Capitol Hill are driving the so-called Equality Act – a perverse piece of legislation that will destroy us.
A bizarre list of behaviors will become legally protected and enshrined in a new America that will be the total antithesis of the ideals of liberty envisioned by its founders. I will have to start to worry that my little granddaughter will encounter a man in the restroom who has a right to be there because he thinks he is a woman.”