The anti-gay Family Research Council (FRC) sent an email requesting donations in their fight against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The bill will ensure LGBT protection from work termination based on sexual orientation.
FRC President Tony Perkins sees the bill as limiting the capabilities for anti-gay Christians to uphold their “values.”
“It feeds on freedom, primarily the freedom of religion and speech: not in theory, but on a practical, everyday level,” reads the email. “It leaves few freedoms behind.”
Describing the bill as “dangerous” and “totalitarian,” Perkins blasted major points on the title of the bill as innocently misleading and giving LGBT people special rights.
The FRC also says the bill will not protect their children, as it empowers government workers to “intimidate children who dare express Christian values that conflict with the homosexual agenda.”
“The letter cements the credentials of the FRC as a hate organization,” Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Chief Marketing Officer Teddy Witherington told 429Magazine. “[ENDA] is fair and equal in law. There’s nothing special. It’s fair.”
With the passing of ENDA, the FRC assumes that Christian schools and Christian-owned businesses will be forced to employ everyone regardless of their sexual behavior as “they parade their proclivities into the workplace.”
Communications Manager of the National Center for Transgender Equality Vincent Paolo Villano believes the bill will have a positive impact on the employment of those in the transgender community.
“ENDA is hugely important for the transgender community,” he told 429Magazine “In our 2011 survey, 90 percent of transgender people face harassment and discrimination in the workforce. It’s unacceptable and we work to direct the issue to make sure we are addressing the unemployment gap of transgender and non-transgender. We need to make sure they get jobs and keep them.”
37 United States Senators have signed a petition led by Jeff Merkley (D-OR) asking for President Obama to pass the new legislation with Senator Perkins’ email also slams the President and those advocates pushing for the legislation.
“It is time that our country ends discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace,” Senator Jeff Merkley’s Deputy Communications Director Courtney Warner Cromwell told 429Magazine.
“Senator Merkley believes that equality for all is the foundation of our country and efforts to stop ENDA from moving forward won’t be successful. Americans across the country consistently express strong support for passing this important legislation.”
The FRC disagrees.
“Certainly to you and me, the very idea of ENDA–giving special rights and protections to people based solely on their sexual behavior–is outrageous,” the FRC email said. “But to this pro-homosexual President and the totalitarian homosexual lobby, it’s a reasonable way to advance their cause–and crush the biblical view that stands in their way of fundamentally transforming America. ENDA is a massive leap forward in redefining America.”
According to a 2011 study by the Center for American Progress, 43 percent of LGBT people and 90 percent of transgender people report having experienced some form of workplace discrimination.
“We could spend the effort and resources ‘fighting’ but we do our best work in the solution,” said Witherington. “We support the passage of the legislation because it is a successful and clear business-model and moral case.”
Currently, 29 states can fire employees based on sexual orientation and 34 states based on gender identity.
“The FRC is just another example of how out of step they are with America,” said Villano. “ENDA has overwhelming support from the public and they are disconnected.”
The FRC is also stating that there is a pro-homosexual media machine, a liberal majority in the Senate, a Republican establishment that is afraid to stand up, an emboldened homosexual lobby, and a pro-homosexual President fulfilling his second term.
“If I was the Family Research Council, I’d be frightened,” said Witherington. “Their tactics are done with fear and extortion, and those days are passed as people are able to decide for themselves. Their time is coming to an end and we’re gaining momentum.”
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and the National Center for Transgender Equality see the bill as reality with little concern over the FRC’s tactics.
“They are drumming up fear in Congress and know ENDA is a reality. We continue to educate legislators with our national transgender survey,” said Villano. “Once we are in a position with a clear path, we will push in that direction.”