The Economist Warns Democrats the Equality Act Goes Too Far

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Joe Biden said in an interview this week that he would “make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days – a priority that Donald Trump opposes.”

Earlier this week, the magazine The Economist warned Democrats that the Equality Act, a bill establishing “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes in federal law, is too extreme. The act “risks discriminating against female Americans,” according to The Economist, by forcing girls’ and women’s sports teams to compete with and against biologically male athletes who identify as female.

What the editorial didn’t mention is that the act is also a threat to religious liberty. “It goes very far to stamp out religious exemptions,” University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock told National Review last year. “It regulates religious non-profits. And then it says that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] does not apply to any claim under the Equality Act. This would be the first time Congress has limited the reach of RFRA. This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.”

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Bostock decision that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on sex discrimination in employment also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and “transgender status.” Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the majority opinion, noted that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was one possible source of protection in federal law for religious dissenters. (The Equality Act would go a step further than Bostock by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination at public accommodations. It would also expand the list of public accommodations covered by federal law.)

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4 Comments

  1. Biden and all of the democrats are suffering from mass dementia,as liberalism is definitely a mental disorder. Imprison and treat all of them with intense psychological counseling utilizing the community counselors they suggest to replace police with.

  2. Ahem. You are seriously wrong thinking prison will fix transgender people. There are already enough people stuffed into prisons. What year do you live in?

  3. I am fed up with government granting extra rights and privileges to people who have a problem with their mental health. Mental illness requires only that the victims of the affliction be guaranteed that they will not be persecuted under the law for their aberrations. But they are not and should not ever be granted access to public funds or to exemptions from obeying the laws of the land. Above all, they should never be allowed to infringe upon any rights of other citizens, no matter their beliefs.

  4. In an interview I watched of Ruth Bader-Ginsburg- even SHE did not like the act and said it had been too long in passing and they needed to rethink what it was doing and saying. That should say everything you need to know.

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