May 16, 2019 - Thursday
Caught in the Act: What H.R. 5 Means for America
Microsoft won't just correct your grammar -- it'll correct your ideology too. Thanks to new software, misspellings won't be the only thing brought to users' attention. The applications have a discrimination setting now, where people can be shamed for using gender-specific words like "policeman" or "congressman." It's all part of the tech world's subtle liberal wave. But if the House gets its way, it won't just be the tech world -- it'll be the whole world.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and company don't want to stop with Microsoft. If the Equality Act passes, Microsoft Word's correction will be nothing compared to the government's. The computer's red line is nothing compared to the one Democrats are drawing for anyone with natural views of marriage and sexuality. This morning, House conservatives sounded one last warning before Friday's vote that H.R. 5 will be the biggest attack on life, freedom business, sports privacy, and education this country has ever seen. And trust me: anyone who disagrees won't want to wait to be proven wrong.
Friday morning, Pelosi's party will take the first step in its ultimate goal: destroying religious freedom as we know it. At a press conference with Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Roger Marshall (R-Kans.), and Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), I had a chance to explain how unfair the Equality Act actually is.
It is an attack on parental rights, women's sports, but to the millions of people of faith in this country, it is an egregious attack on the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. It would position the government to lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, dictating potentially who they hire, how their facilities are used and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching.
No institution or person of faith, be it school, church, synagogues, mosque, business, or nonprofit will escape the Orwellian reach of the Equality Act. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act will be committed to the "memory hole," and we will then experience a catastrophic loss of religious freedom in America.
Our friends from other organizations -- Penny Nance, Kara Dansky, Michael Farris, and Marilyn Musgrave -- did likewise. At a time when even liberal feminists are pleading with Democrats to reconsider, Congresswoman Hartzler has tried to put the debate into perspective. In her own op-ed for the Hill, she talks about how the supposed "party of women" is waging the war on women. She talked about Selina Soule, the Connecticut high schooler, who'd waited the whole year to qualify for regionals in track -- only to be beaten out by a biological boy competing against girls.
"As a former track coach, I worry for the future of women's sports. As a member of Congress, I worry about the rights of women as more and more government policies redefine 'sex' to include sexual orientation and gender identity. This is already having major repercussions on the rights, privacy, safety and achievements of women and girls." This is an imminent threat, she warns, "to the common good, freedom, and the American dream that I work every day to preserve as a representative of the people of Missouri. Members from both sides of the aisle -- especially those who claim to be pro-woman and pro-children -- need to stop this devastating legislation. The future of women's rights, privacy, protection and athletic potential depends on it.
For more on the bill, check out this new Washington Times piece by FRC's Mary Beth Waddell, "The Inequality of the Equality Act."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.