REPUBLICAN SENATORS SKIP ENDA HEARING
By Rev. Ted Pike
9 Nov 09
The Senate hearing for the Anti-Defamation League's Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S. 1584, was held Wednesday. Packed with pro-homosexual
witnesses and alleged victims of anti-gay discrimination at work, it
was—like the House hearing September 23—another victory
for the LGBT lobby.
Not one of the ten Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions Committee showed up. Some were undoubtedly obligated elsewhere.
Yet why did the others fail to show at this important hearing?
Most Christian/conservative leadership groups agree with Dr. Dobson
that it is useless to fight hate crimes bills in this Democrat-overloaded
Congress; they raise virtually no objection. (Only the National Prayer
Network and Traditional Values Coalition continue spirited protest.)
Offices of Senate Republicans did receive calls against ENDA last week,
but clearly not enough to make them prioritize public opposition to
A second factor is that Republicans are intellectually unable to cope
with ENDA. It expands the Civil Rights Act of
1964, adding homosexuals
and transgenders to protected status. The Act and subsequent affirmative
action laws have done much more than give legal equality to blacks;
they award special, unequal rights and privileges to minorities in
American government and public service, business, housing, and educational
institutions. The owner of a business of 15 or more employees can no
longer hire or fire at will. The livelihood built by his toil and ingenuity
is semi-nationalized. Blacks, Latinos, women - even if less qualified
than white male applicants or employees - enjoy preferential rights
in hiring and protection from firing. The Civil
Rights Act and subsequent
laws are now considered sacrosanct. America has concluded they were "the
right thing to do" in moving America away from any vestige of
segregation or Jim Crow discrimination.
Yet America made a big mistake in 1964. We granted superior rights
and services to blacks and other minorities; the rest of Americans
became second-class citizens, in violation of the 14th Amendment to
For the past four decades, Americans have gradually accepted the fact
that being a straight-A student does not guarantee entry to medical
or law school or an Ivy-league university, if the quota of minority
applicants with significantly lower GPAs has not been fulfilled. White
male police or firefighter applicants may also be shunted aside to
favor less qualified minorities.
But now we must realize that the sixties’ civil rights legislation
is being used to give sexual deviants the same superior rights, privileges
and protections once limited to race and gender.
I think a big part of the reason ten Republicans didn't show Wednesday
is because, to effectively criticize ENDA, they would have to criticize
the Civil Rights law on which it is founded. A politician who criticizes
that landmark law—draped in the iconic images of Alabama sit-ins
and Martin Luther King, Jr.—commits political suicide.
The only argument brought against ENDA Wednesday is a lesser one—that
its wording is ambiguous about churches’ protection from homosexual
intrusion. This argument was made by Craig Parshall, senior vice-president
and general counsel of the National Religious Broadcasters Association.
He argued that ENDA could force Christian businesses, including bookstores,
to hire homosexuals. His objection is well-founded. The American Jewish
community and liberal attack groups heavily pressure President Obama
and Attorney General Eric Holder to force Christian churches to hire
homosexuals, at least in all non-spiritual positions.
ENDA is hard to fight if you are Republican unwilling to tell the
truth that the lauded Civil Rights Act is unjust and discriminatory.
As a senior in high school in 1964 and throughout college, I opposed
the consensus of my time by repeatedly saying the Civil Rights Act
should have limited itself to guaranteeing full equality to blacks
but not establishing special rights in hiring, education, and housing.
My fellow students and teachers publicly labeled me an uncompassionate
bigot and right-wing extremist. I predicted that civil rights laws
would not end racial divides; but I never anticipated that sodomites
would someday demand and receive the same special privileges afforded
Still Time to Defeat ENDA
Don’t give up on the fight against ENDA! Rep. Dennis Kucinich
wants to extend ENDA's jurisdiction down to at least businesses of
five or more employees. Your small business could legally be invaded
by sexual deviants of every kind. Your church could be significantly
staffed by sodomites; your church school could be forced to allow perverted
males "transitioning" into females to share your wife or
daughter's lavatory or PE showers.
Remember, ENDA is just the beginning. The ADL/homosexual lobbies will
soon co-author even more extensive, pro-homosexual "civil rights" bills,
especially in real estate, housing, and the military. They will divest
American property owners, churches, and citizens of every last shred
of privacy and even, ultimately, barriers against sexual predators.
Pervasive federal interest in protecting homosexuals on the local level
will also overlap into public education programs K-12 designed to prevent
attitudes which lead to “hateful, homophobic” discrimination
in the workplace.
With ENDA having triumphed a second time in both House and Senate
Education and Labor hearings, it is doubtful if Judiciary Committee
hearings will be held. The Judiciary Committees, especially concerned
with civil rights and the law, are the proper forum to scrutinize ENDA
again. Yet, with little opposition, either in Congress or among Christian/conservatives,
these bills will probably go forward this fall to mark-up and then
vote this winter.
That is unless lovers of freedom revive full-scale opposition.
Continue to call your members of Congress, particularly Republican
members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Demand
that the Judiciaries hold ENDA hearings and that Republican Judiciary
members fight it vigorously. (Names listed on
the action page of www.truthtellers.org.) Call your members of the House and Senate
at 1-877-851-6437 (toll free) warning them that if they vote for this
discriminatory legislation you will vote them out at mid-terms next
With possible passage of the healthcare reform bill by House and Senate
before Christmas, millions of Christian/conservatives may be able to
focus on other threats. Let's turn our activism toward the defeat of
ENDA. Defeating ENDA is not a lost cause -- not when we consider the
dramatic defeat of Democrats this past week in gubernatorial elections.
Increasingly, the American people are demonstrating that our potential
to deprive the Democrats of their majority in Congress next year is
very real. Due to the glut of legislation preoccupying Congress, ENDA
will not be voted on this fall. This gives lovers of freedom time to
remind Democrats that their efforts to create a false "family-values" image,
in anticipation of mid-terms, will be fruitless if they continue to
promote its opposite: homosexual values.
Actually, with Democrats in shock over defeat in recent elections,
now is the perfect time to add ENDA to the list of issues that will
mean political disaster for those who promote them.
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.
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