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17 September, 2009 By Rev. Ted Pike

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, 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 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.

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