HOW ENDA ENDS WORKPLACE FREEDOM: PART TWO
By Rev. Ted Pike
17 Sep 09
Like all “stealth” legislation promoted by the Anti-Defamation
League, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) contains
an agenda that is both straightforward and obscure.
Now slated to move forward rapidly in the House Judiciary Committee, ENDA clearly
states that it will grant special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals in businesses
which employ 15 or more people. Today, most Americans are hired or fired at their
employer’s discretion, without a legal right to demand a government investigation
of the reason. But under ENDA, homosexuals will join specially favored groups
(such as blacks, Jews, Latinos, women and Muslims) who are empowered by the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 to demand why they were fired or not hired. If bias against
them “because of who they are” is suspected, charges can be filed
and result in fines and even a year in prison.
Only select groups can demand federal prosecution of employers who discriminate
against them; thus, the left-out majority of Americans are victims of federal
discrimination. A qualified white man who is refused employment or fired by a
biased female business owner will probably receive no return phone calls from
the local district attorney or visits from sympathetic federal agents. Like the
federal hate crimes bill now proceeding to the President’s signature, ENDA
violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution which forbids unequal treatment.
It elevates homosexuals to special status and protection. If ENDA is passed,
every Christian business owner with 15 or more employees will have to hire qualified
homosexuals. They cannot be fired for any reason having to do with their homosexuality
or display of homosexual characteristics or mannerisms on the job.
ENDA is thus direct in its intent to legitimize homosexuality in the American
workplace. But it has less direct, even more sinister provisions. Like
the federal hate crimes bill, ENDA creates a special federally protected pseudo-class
called “sexual orientation.” As Rep. Alcee Hastings made abundantly
clear in House debate on the hate bill this spring, “sexual orientation” includes
547 paraphilias or sexual deviancies listed by the American Psychological Association.
It includes all sexual perversions outside normal heterosexuality. ENDA requires
the federal government to uphold employment privileges for those who have sex
with animals (bestiality), whose sexual ecstasy involves urine, urophilia (or
feces), or torturing other people (sadism) or animals (zoosadism), etc.
The least an employer should be able to require is that a potential employee
be rational, moral, and dependable. ENDA denies that. An obsession with perverted
sexual practices is a prima facie evidence that a sexual deviant is not of
high character or dependable. Yet such disturbed individuals can claim special
rights under the vague umbrella of federally protected “sexual orientation.” Employers
must hire these unstable persons or face heavy fines and up to a year in prison.
Thus ENDA corrupts the workplace, sabotaging its efficiency and forcing employers
(particularly Christians) to violate their own moral convictions. ENDA is the
federally enforced defilement of American business, especially the consciences
of Christian businessmen.
ENDA is also very obscure concerning the definition of “gender identity” yet
enforces the same penalties against those who “discriminate” regarding
it. ENDA says “the term ‘gender identity’ means the gender-related
identity, appearance or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of
an individual with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex
at birth.” ENDA suggests that one's gender is not innate but "designated
at birth" by others. According to ENDA, one may be born a male yet if he
wants to affect the “appearance or mannerisms” of a woman and consider
himself female, he is legally considered a woman by the federal government. Further,
his employer must regard him as female. If he notifies his employer of his change
of sex, he must be allowed into female bathrooms and shower facilities [Section
8(3)]. A “discriminating” employer who forbids entry would face a
heavy fine and possible imprisonment.
ENDA is also unclear about how these perverse requirements will impact churches
and church-related businesses. Title 7 of the 1964 Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination
by businesses but not by churches in “spiritual” activities or employment.
Churches may legally discriminate against non-Christians seeking employment as
pastors and Bible teachers. Yet nothing is said in Title 7 or ENDA about the
real possibility that church businesses, including kids’ programs or summer
camps, will be forced by ENDA to accept the same pro-homosexual requirements
imposed on secular businesses. Homosexuals could demand employment in church
organizations as secretaries, business managers, janitors, etc., as well as teachers
in Christian schools and summer camp counselors. Any male church employee who
notified church authorities that he was transitioning to female could have unlimited
access to bathrooms and shower facilities of women and girls.
Where’s the Opposition?
Obviously, this freedom- and family-threatening legislation should receive
thunderous outrage from Christians and conservatives across America. Right?
Unfortunately, it is not.
Most of the largest Christian/conservative organizations are not spearheading
such vigorous protest. In response to Part One of this article, www.truthtellers.org
received almost no visits from those seeking the names of House and Senate
Judiciary members (who will soon be considering this legislation in committee
and should be hearing from Americans).
Why is there so little concern?
First, I suspect many have given up since the federal hate bill was passed;
they are disillusioned and think calling will do no good. Yes, they are
very angry but like one gentleman who emailed me recently, they have decided
that the most effective way to protest is to stop communicating with Congress
altogether! Thus activists are being manipulated to opt out of the legislative
process. They are giving the enemies of freedom exactly what they want!
Second, the Christian/conservative right is convulsed in protest over the healthcare
debate as if it were the most important issue deciding our survival. It is
not. Actually, passage of the federal hate crimes bill and ENDA looms as a
much greater threat because they lead to an end of free speech and action.
Over the past eight years, I have fought an uphill battle against major distractions
which draw our attention away from proliferating state and federal hate crime
laws. Some criticize me for not actively involving myself in the very important
9/11 truth movement. (Some go so far as to allege that I deny the possible
complicity of Israel and Mossad behind 9/11). Actually, I concentrate on the
hate crime threat because myriads of researchers are willing to devote their
energy to elucidating issues that do not immediately threaten free speech.
Incredibly, I alone have been left to keep constant guard over the
hate laws menace which does immediately threaten our right to freely
discuss all issues including 9/11.
I recommend that millions of Americans, many who gathered and spoke out passionately
against Obama's healthcare plan in town halls this summer and now on the mall
in Washington, D.C., consider that the healthcare issue is seriously distracting
them from attention to a much greater legislative threat -- primarily the hate
bill, ENDA, the cyber bullying bill, etc. The Democrats may soon pass these
more dangerous bills while we are looking the other way!
Are you as disturbed about ENDA as I am? As I said in my latest article,
the most effective way to hold back ENDA is to protest to the crucial members
of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, available on the action page
at www.truthtellers.org. Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or
toll 1-202-225-3121. Tell them: "Please do not vote for
the freedom-destroying Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), H.R. 3017/S.1584."
Your calls will encourage Republicans to fight ENDA and intimidate Democrats
from moving it forward too quickly without proper hearings. As with the hate
bill this spring, televised hearings open the possibility of delay and mistakes
by the Democrats which lovers of freedom (including NPN) can exploit.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states
with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass
the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject.
Call (503) 631-3808.
The freedom-saving outreach of Rev. Ted Pike and the National Prayer
Network is solely supported by sale of books, videos and your financial
support. All gifts are tax-deductible.
National Prayer Network, P.O. Box 828, Clackamas,