Dishonest Language – Example #2
Deceptively Named "Equality Act" Would Harm
Religious Liberty and Free Speech
(Deceit: The act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.)
Misinformation on the intent and implications of the so-called "Equality" Act, conceived to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, was passed by the U.S. House in May. This H.R. 5 bill would make it possible for nationwide religious discrimination against people of faith as well as free speech, by redefining the word "sex" in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes throughout the federal code.
This bill purports to equate newly defined "sex rights" with the current rights found in the Civil Rights Act. However, "sex" is a biological fact determined at birth and "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" are feelings. Biological "sex" is objective and fact based. "Orientation" and "gender identity" are subjective and fluid. Since a feeling is subjective and not intrinsic to an individual such as a person's skin color or nationality, broadening the term "sex" to include "feelings" is inaccurate and deceptive.
If this bill is passed into law, the implications for religious freedom and free speech are far reaching. The "Equality Act" bans the use of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a legal defense from the government violating a person’s religious liberty. In addition, it would require men, women, etc., to be treated exactly the same from bathrooms, women's sports, shelters, rape crisis centers, to sexuality education programs that promote a particular ideology.
Former Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner, Chai Feldman, said, "I'm having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win...Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win..."
(afa.net, 5/7/19; cnsnews.com, 5/21/19; familywatch.org, 5/14/19; reason.com, 5/16/19; lcation.org, 5/31/19)
“When we subvert the meaning of words… we undermine the language that sustains our thinking about the law. Dishonest language leads to dishonest debate and bad laws.”
Archbishop Charles Chaput