From Dr. Richard Land and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
“An employer’s freedom to make workplace decisions that follow biblically-informed beliefs that homosexuality is wrong could soon be history.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday, October 24 on legislation that would require employers to provide special workplace protections to individuals based on “actual or perceived sexual orientation.”
Under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007, better known as ENDA, employers would not be permitted to take sexual orientation into account when making hiring, firing, promotion, or workplace decisions. Ultimately, ENDA would permit inappropriate government intrusion on businesses and the religious community.
While the latest version includes a broadened exemption for religious organizations and drops protections based on gender identity, ENDA in any form spells danger for Christians. Many businesses, day cares, shelters, schools, colleges, and other organizations with religious missions would not be exempted and would become targets of lawsuits.
Also, hostile work environments would no doubt result as businesses are forced to comply with ENDA’s special protections for homosexuals. Merely keeping a Bible on a desk or a Scripture verse on a wall in an office, for example, could be viewed as discrimination based on “actual or perceived sexual orientation.”
If you are concerned that ENDA would invite government intrusion into employers’ rights and force Christians to make employment decisions that violate their beliefs on homosexuality, please contact your congressman and tell him to vote “No” on ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3685).
You can call your congressman by dialing the Capitol switchboard at 202/224-3121. The operator will then connect you to the congressman’s office of your choice. If you do not know who your congressman is, or if you would prefer to use email, just click here, enter your zip code in the space provided, and email him the suggested letter or one entirely your own.
We must do our part to raise the red flag and counter those who are pushing for special protections for homosexuals. Please act now!
Please know that I am deeply grateful for your efforts to keep this legislation from becoming law and restricting freedoms of Christians in the workplace.”