Senators Introduce Effort to Void D.C. Bills That Force Religious Groups to Violate Beliefs

congress pdWASHINGTON — Two U.S. Senators have introduced joint resolutions that would essentially void two D.C. bills that passed last year, which some state force faith-based organizations to violate their religious beliefs.

As previously reported, the D.C. City Council passed the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 in December, which does away with an exemption afforded to faith-based schools to live out their beliefs on homosexuality. The exemption is better known as the Armstrong Amendment, which was passed by Congress in the 1980’s.

D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells had proposed to repeal the religious exemption as he believed that it made provision for persons of faith to discriminate against homosexuals.

The same month, the Council unanimously passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, which amended a 1977 law and prohibits pro-life organizations from “discriminating” against employees who obtain abortions. Text of the bill stated that its purpose was to “ensure that individuals are protected from discrimination by an employer, employment agency, or labor organization based on an individual’s or dependent’s reproductive health decisions.”

But Christian groups opposed the changes, with the organization Liberty Council writing to city council to outline its concerns, and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)—and a number of other organizations as co-signers—sending a letter to Congress to urge intervention.

“The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 prevents religious institutions, other faith-based employers, and pro-life advocacy organizations from making employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs or their moral and ethical views about the sanctity of human life,” the ADF letter stated.

“The Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014 requires religiously affiliated educational institutions to endorse, sponsor, and provide school resources to persons or groups that oppose the institutions’ religious teachings regarding human sexuality,” it continued. “Both laws violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law.”

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Now, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) have introduced joint resolutions, also known as disapproval resolutions, that would essentially void the two Acts passed in D.C. last year.

“What the D.C. Council has done is a major threat to the fundamental right to religious freedom for D.C. residents and organizations, and a brazen display of intolerance,” Lankford told the publication Roll Call.

“The Constitution provides that all Americans enjoy the right to live a life in accordance with their convictions of faith. Limiting religious practice to a church building is a weekend hobby, not a personal faith. The First Amendment is first for a reason—it cannot be ignored by the D.C. City Council,” he said.

The resolutions would need to pass Congress and be signed by Barack Obama in order to annul the passage of the amendments.

“The government has no business forcing pro-life and faith-based organizations to betray the very values they were created to advance,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “D.C. officials had the opportunity to drop these laws, which clearly violate religious freedom and freedom of conscience, but they chose not to. Congress, therefore, should approve these resolutions to stop what can only be called hopelessly illegal bills. Concerns about the constitutionality of these types of laws have come from people across the political spectrum.”


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  • Gary

    The DC laws attempt to force people to accept abortion and homosexuality which are key items of importance to a large segment of the US population. That segment has said, over and over, that Christians will not be asked to participate in any way with abortion or homosexuality. They have said Christians will be free to live according to their beliefs. But as soon as they get the chance, the abortion/homosexual segment pass laws that try to force Christians to accept those things they morally object to. Which proves that the promises made by the abortion/homosexual segment were lies all along.

    • Tara

      absolutely true! Here in Canada a law was passed for doctor assisted suicide. It will be a matter of time before Christian doctors will be forced to do this as people will say that a doctors choice to do this or not goes against THEIR rights. Same for abortion….. a horrible can of worms opened each and every time govt gives in to making laws that appease some yet stomp all over the rights of others.

      • Richard

        Not to mention the Alberta government forcing all schools to have gay/straight alliances and force Christian Justices of the Peace to quit their jobs.

        I believe it’s time for Christians to stand up for their rights and for Godly values!

        • Gary

          This is a war against Christianity. The anti-God crowd will deny that of course. But it is a clash of two belief systems that cannot be reconciled and that are intolerant of each other.

          • vdomkr

            All the while Christians stand around and do nothing while the militant perverts are protesting, and making their voices heard. I’m not at all surprised. You can’t change minds or influence freedoms by whining about things on Sunday morning and then doing nothing Monday-Saturday.

          • Gary

            I agree.

        • MisterPine

          Gay/straight alliances provide safe environments for gay and lesbian kids. It amazes me that anyone would find that a bad thing and prefer that kids be bullied and victimized instead by religious bigots.

          • Gary

            You are a homosexual, right? Don’t you deny God’s existence because you resent that God condemns homosexuality?

          • MisterPine

            No, I’m not a homosexual, I just don’t think a person’s superstition should be permitted to allow homosexual kids to be bullied, tortured and killed.

          • Gary

            My mistake about your sexuality. There are already laws protecting people from being tortured and killed.

          • MisterPine

            And they don’t work in schools, so that’s what alliances are a good thing.

          • Gary

            Of course they work in schools. Or they did when I was in school. We could not fight without consequences from the school administration, at the least.

          • MisterPine

            Whether or not that’s the case, what’s the harm in an alliance?

          • Gary

            The harm is trying to legitimize perversion.

          • MisterPine

            In the eyes of the law it isn’t perversion, only in the eyes of one or two backwards religions. Anyway the kids are gay already, it’s not like you can prevent that.

          • Ken Duncan

            Makes the gays force others to accept them and gives them special privilege over other students… Which in my opinion is not equal rights.

          • MisterPine

            Any particular reason you want not to accept them?

          • Ken Duncan

            I should rephrase that. Makes the homosexuals force others who don’t agree with their sinful behavior to accept it as normal behavior.. To a Christian, homosexuality is an abomination to our God. That’s my reason for not accepting it.

          • Jean Adams

            So your an atheist and trying to be insulting by calling Christian faith a superstition. How sad,
            I’ll pray for you as the time is short for you to realize your mistake.

          • Paul Hiett

            All religions are superstitions, though.

          • MisterPine

            Why don’t you pray instead for your fellow “Christians” who would like to see gay and lesbian kids bullied and even killed? What kind of Christ-like behavior is that? Shame on you.

          • Taussig

            not an insult..only the truth

          • MisterPine

            Save the prayers for yourself. I don’t need them.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            You know, instead of changing the subject, I’m really interested to hear what you have to say on the topic at hand. Why do you oppose gay/straight alliances? Do you oppose safe havens for gay students?

          • Gary

            I oppose anything and everything that tries to legitimize perversion, which those alliances do.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What would you rather schools do for gay students? Ignore them? Convert them? Shouldn’t gay students have the right not to fear for their safety and emotional well-being while in school?

          • Gary

            All kids should be safe in school from violence. And the rules already provide for that. But that does not mean that students who identify themselves as homosexuals are free from disagreement of their choices.

          • Jean Adams

            I have no problem with you believing differently to me. We have different views. How does that make me a bigot for disagreeing with you, yet you don’t consider yourself a bigot for disagreeing with me. Seems to me you consider a bigot is someone who stands up for their deeply held values. Isn’t that what you consider yourself to be doing?

          • MisterPine

            If your faith causes you to allow gay kids to be bullied and you support your faith in that, is that not bigotry?

        • Paul Hiett

          ROFL…no one has forced a JoP to quit. He quit of his own accord.

    • Taussig

      nobody is asking you to accept anything..killer. nobody has been asked to “participate” in anything. love those xtian lies for gawd

  • bowie1

    In a way, forcing people to go against their faith, is also a form of discrimination since it violates freedom of religion, freedom of choice.

    • vdomkr

      Not in a way. It is fact. This type of laws have been around forever. ANY law that is used to protect or give a certain segment of the population rights, ipso facto
      discriminates against everyone else.

      • Paul Hiett

        So, allowing blacks to vote, discriminated against whites? Did allowing women the right to vote discriminate against men?

        I don’t think you thought this through very far.

  • vdomkr

    Gay rights or marriage laws discriminate against Religion. Let’s get it straight. God ordained marriage before the U.S. even existed. We live in a truly twisted and perverted society and a government run by the most inept.

    • Paul Hiett

      Marriage in the world existed long before Christianity came around. Civilizations around the world also had marriage, without Christianity even being a blip on the radar. To suggest otherwise is to admit a complete lack of understand of world history.

      Did you know there was a time, not very long ago in fact, where Christians said the same thing about inter-racial marriage. Ya’ll claimed the same thing then, that it violated religious beliefs.

      The sad thing is, of the protected statuses, religion is the only one that’s actually a choice for people.

      • Gary

        Homosexual behavior is a choice, just like heterosexual behavior is. The default position is heterosexuality. At least until homosexuals are born with a big F on their foreheads.

        • Paul Hiett

          Yes, the act of engaging in coitus is a choice that people make. However, what they are attracted to is not a choice.

          By the way, atheism is the default position of everyone born in the world today. It takes indoctrination to create a believer.

          • Gary

            Atheism is not the default position. Only an atheist would think that. Just because you are attracted to someone does not give you the right to have s-x with them. Or the right to marry them.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I’m terrified of the authoritarian dictatorship you want to live in.

          • Gary

            You should be. When it arrives, you will be removed.

          • Taussig

            I would love for some of you bigots to come and “remove” me…LOL! You would soon find out that it is easier said than done…..LOL!!!!!!!

          • Paul Hiett

            If Gary could get away with it, he’d kill homosexuals himself. He’s actually stated it before. Better and Better has a screen shot of it.

          • Paul Hiett

            Actually, I have the right to have coitus with almost anyone I want, if they’re of legal age and consent. Your religion is not law.

            As for being born an atheist, that’s a cold hard fact. Everyone in the world is born not believing in a supernatural creature. If that were true, there would be a singular religion in the world today.

            A baby born to Muslim parents will eventually be a Muslim, as a Jew to Jewish parents, Hindu to Hindu parents.

            Did you really think people were just born with their localized religious beliefs already instilled in them?

          • Gary

            I doubt if the wife or husband of someone you had coitus with would agree with your first paragraph. And, God has his laws that are separate from the laws of man. And you will be held accountable for breaking them.

          • Paul Hiett

            Again, I can have coitus with ALMOST anyone I want (I assume you missed the word “almost”), if they’re of legal age and consent.

            Yeah, I know your parents choice of a deity for you has “laws”. Yeah, I’m breaking them almost daily, and happily doing so.

            I’m also breaking the laws of a boat load of deities, so I guess I’ll be accountable to all of them. Going to be a long line of deities we’ll have to answer to…I’ll just have to answer to one more than you is all.

          • Gary

            Based on your beliefs, there is no reason for you to avoid coitus with anyone. The only thing that might restrain you is the laws of men.

          • Paul Hiett

            Well, I simply choose to remain faithful to my soon to be wife, but that’s my choice, not because of any religious law, but because I love her and have decided to be faithful.

          • Gary

            It might be your choice, but it is not based on morality. Only God can define right and wrong. If there is no God, as you believe, there can be no morality that is real. You might choose to follow some rules you made up, but it would not be morality.

          • Paul Hiett

            Morality is defined by the societies in which we live, not by your choice of a religion.

          • Gary

            People only have their opinions. Which I am under no obligation to acknowledge.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Who says?

          • Jean Adams

            If you stop loving her will you decide to not be faithful?

          • Paul Hiett

            Not until we separate.

          • Jean Adams

            You won’t have to answer to more than one deity. There is only one. He won’t stand for your nonsense.

          • Paul Hiett

            Can you prove that Odin does not exist?

          • Taussig

            sorry but there are many gods worshiped throughout the world… what makes you think yours is special?

        • Ambulance Chaser

          False, but so what if it is? Do gays not deserve rights because being gay is a “choice?” Religion is a choice, should we take away your rights as a Christian?

          • Gary

            Freedom of religion is in the US Constitution. Homosexuality is not. You are saying that any choice is as valid as any other, but that is not true.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Well then why are we concerned with whether something is a choice or not? If you believe religion deserves protection because it says so in the Constitution, can we drop the subject of whether homosexuality is a choice or not? Being a choice or not is irrelevant.

          • Paul Hiett

            There’s nothing in the Constitution regarding heterosexuality either, Gary.

          • Gary

            How does that help you sodomites?

          • Paul Hiett

            You’re the one who referenced homosexuality and the Constitution. I’m simply pointing out that neither is heterosexuality. So, whatever point you thought you were trying to prove by stating that, is rendered moot.

          • Jean Adams

            Our rights as Christians are being taken away!

          • Paul Hiett

            And what right of yours has been taken away. Please be specific.

          • Taussig

            which ones exactly? oh, you mean the right to openly discriminate against the gay community? got it!

    • Ambulance Chaser

      They don’t discriminate against religion. Your churches are still perfectly free to refuse to marry gays, minorities, or whoever else you want.

      • Paul Hiett

        You have to look at it from their perspective. Anything that doesn’t allow them to treat others as second class citizens is, to them, discrimination against their religion.

        • Gary

          We are not going to accept perverts, no matter what the laws say.

          • Paul Hiett

            And you don’t have to!!!! Isn’t that awesome, Gary, that you can hate gay people to your hearts content? You can stand on a street corner with signs stating how much you hate them, and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can wear a tshirt anywhere you want that states how much you hate them.

            Yep, your hate is protected til the day you die. Unfortunately for you, you can’t really do anything other than that.

          • Gary

            You and your ilk are trying to force homosexuality on everyone who does not want to accept it through the laws, as the DC Council has proven.

          • Paul Hiett

            Fine, let’s remove the protected status of things that are choices.

            We’ll remove sexual orientation and religion at the same time, ok?

          • Gary

            Yes, OK. People should be free to choose their own associations.

          • Paul Hiett

            Yeah, now we can tax churches and allow homosexuals to marry!!!

            Thanks Gary, I knew we could rely on your support!

          • Gary

            Fine. Tax churches. My church can easily arrange its business so that it shows no profit. And taxing churches will also result in unlimited political participation for churches. But I don’t think you would like that very much.
            If we have the freedom of association, Christians would be free to reject the “marriage” of people of the same gender. Which we will do anyway, no matter what the laws say.

          • Taussig

            Keep on rejecting killer. These folks will continue to get married and enjoy the benefits whether you like it or not. Maybe you should go to your mommy’s basement, put your hands over your eyes and ears and scream LALALALALALALALA!

          • Jean Adams

            A church is a collection of people of faith not a building. I can see a time when churches can’t marry anyone if they refuse to marry some. Then all marriages will be civil ones.

  • Truthhurts24

    The government will force Christians to violate their beliefs when it does not benefit their agenda and others will get a free pass.

    • Paul Hiett

      Let me get this straight…being “forced” to adhere to the laws of this country is violating your choice of beliefs?

      That’s funny right there.

  • John Mark IB

    here’s hope for all GOD’S Word is eternally preserved and immutable eventually all the hater’s of Christ will get their chance at His throne and then the dung will hit the fan..repent now while you still have His mercy which allows you to sow your anti Christian hatred, true Christians my fellow brethren born again believers in Christ and his shed blood atonement, have only love for the lost dying diseased hurting world which the lost are trying desperately without godly logic and with no truth and final Authority!! here’s the hope for you atheist and homosexual and transsexual whatever you call yourself we love and care for you because Jesus loved and cared enough to die for the sins you want so badly to force down the throats of those who care about your eternal destiny and your here and now!! may The LORD GOD Almighty richly bless you all with love joy and peace, always in Jesus name the name above all names coming very soon to take His Bride from this earth, here’s the hope read and get saved while He’s knocking at your heart’s door!! with love…..

    please, to the troll haters here you know who you are which will attack me here, don’t even try to lecture me about your worldly humanistic false views with no logic, GOD has put His laws on the heart of mankind so that you are without excuse!! I have many so called homosexual and transsexual friends and they need this pass it on and with love

    and may GOD bless you have a blessed night day and weekend/week,

    we all need hope and help we all need the Savior The LORD Jesus is The (only proven) Truth The (only proven) Way The (only proven) Life no one comes to the father but by Him!! John 14:6 KJV

    truth for the homosexual or so called “gay friends”
    since the word has been hijacked and is falsely used same as the so called homophobic moniker of the haters and anti Christs

    http://faithsaves.net/truth-for-gay-friends/

    http://goodpersontest.com/

    odin, haha the atheists will grasp at anything which they can perceive to give them some kind of advantage as if The True and Living GOD needs me to defend Him from their feeble attacks, so easy…..

    http://faithsaves.net/daniel-proof-bible/

    http://faithsaves.net/salvation/

    http://www.pillarandground/home/?page_id=36
    http://discoverthebible.org
    http://kentbrandenburg.blogspot.com
    life is so fragile form one day one moment to the next last dying breath, you really need to make sure you know the truth, Jesus says He and He alone is Truth!!
    only one life twill soon be past,
    only what’s done for Christ will last!!
    so Mr. /Mrs. atheist, homosexual, transsexual, anti Christian hater’s, what will you do with the man ? Christ Jesus?? who or what is your final Authority?
    you have none, but we and only we do!! it is Christ and His Eternal Living Word KJV in English!! it cuts to the very heart of the matter like a two edged sword!!
    Jesus says “it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every (count them now every) Word that proceedeth from the mouth or out of the mouth of GOD

  • John Mark IB
  • http://www.christ421stcentury.com/ PhilDave

    Everyone and everything has to change in our culture except sodomites who apparently are the only people who cannot change their behavior.

    • Gary

      My opposition to homosexuals is genetic. I was born this way. Everyone in my family is against homosexuality.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Good! The USA needs religious liberty today.