March 29, 2019
Carmen talks with Matthew Hawkins about the Equality Act and with Amy Simpson about moral boundaries in Christian leadership.
First introduced in 2015, the 2019 version of the Equality Act was introduced to the House of Representatives on March 13, 2019. The bill has 287 original cosponsors—according to the Human Rights Campaign which is aggressively backing the bill and building a media machine to convince Americans to support it. So, should we?
As Christians we don’t believe nor support discrimination of any kind. But as I read it, the Equality Act singles out Christian ethics as alone worthy of discrimination – equating Christian ethics with hatred and bigotry – and therefore, needing to be eradicated from American life through the force of federal law. I don’t support that.
Read Andrew T. Walker’s analysis in which he says,
“the bill represents the most invasive threat to religious liberty ever proposed in America. Given that it touches areas of education, public accommodation, employment, and federal funding, were it to pass, its sweeping effects on religious liberty, free speech, and freedom of conscience would be both historic and also chilling.”
Matthew and Carmen also discuss headlines related to a survey finding that “most Americans continue to oppose religious service refusals to LGBT people.” Of course we do! The survey and the stories reporting on the survey suggest that Jack Phillips (Masterpiece Cakeshop case which went all the way to the Supreme Court) was about something it was never about. The question was never about WHO was seeking to order a specialty cake but the specialty cake they wanted him to make (compelled speech) for an event which conflict with his sincerely held religious beliefs.
Amy Simpson, acquisitions editor for Moody, leadership coach and author, joins Carmen to talk about her piece posted at ChristianityToday.com entitled: When Moral Boundaries become Incubators for Sin