Our nation is most certainly in a state of flux. Donald Trump’s election has pleased, as well as scared, many. Unfortunately, some of Mr. Trump’s policies and planned actions are validating why millions of Americans fear for the future.
Before I continue, let’s consider this: when Barack Obama was in office, his detractors slammed him for use of ‘Executive Action;’ oddly, those same people are mysteriously quiet as President Trump does the same, but with much more frequency (given his short time in office, why his use of executive orders isn’t alarming more people, is a mystery).
One such executive order that the President is about to sign, will most assuredly result in the open (and legal) discrimination against millions of Americans. I of course speak about his plan to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). One might initially think that defense of the First Amendment is a good thing — in this case, it is not. The reality is, FADA will allow open discrimination against LGBTQ and other people, purely on the basis of religious belief.
So what’s the problem?
The problems with FADA are many. But let’s look at it this way: many of Trump’s supporters raged about Muslims in America using Sharia Law — many had a meltdown that some Muslims in America were openly practicing Sharia Law and warned that it would ruin the nation. But isn’t FADA in essence guaranteeing that Sharia Law would be okay in America? Yes, that is precisely one of the things it will legalize, whether they realize it or not.
The Trump administration’s passing of FADA is far-reaching and will in effect, result in legalized discrimination in employment, social services, business, and adoption. Frighteningly, the executive Action could also include:
- Making taxpayer funds available for discrimination against LGBTQ people in social services
- Allow federally funded adoption agencies to legally discriminate against LGBTQ parents
- Wipe away long-standing non-discrimination protections that would make it legal to fire federal employers and contractors based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
- Allow federal employees to refuse to serve people based on the belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that gender is an absolute characteristic set at birth. This part of FADA would impact a broad range of federal benefits and directly and seriously harm millions of American citizens.
The Trump administration’s order is being presented as a so-called “religious freedom,” which maintains that someone’s religious beliefs should be enough to prevent them from having to provide goods and services to members of the LGBTQ community, if doing so would conflict with said beliefs.
Be careful what you wish for
So Donald Trump, VP Mike Pence and their supporters are in effect, setting the stage not just for Sharia Law, but also, for the legalization of any form of discrimination based on one’s religions belief’s. For example:
- A Muslim-American Taxi driver could refuse to drive you until you washed your feet
- A Muslim citizen could refuse a Woman entry into their business or to provide her with services (even at a government office), unless they cover their faces with a veil
- Some in Islam believe that gambling and drinking are strictly forbidden; with FADA, in essence, they could whip someone who came into their place of work for doing so
- Some Orthodox Jew believe in “chaining women,” in that they refuse to grant the Wife a religious divorce — so even if a court did, by their religion, the Woman could never re-marry. In effect, FADA would make that okay.
Of course, I’m in no way criticizing or dispariging Muslims, Jews or any religion for that matter; I’m simply using the “be careful of what you wish” for argument to show how these supporters of FADA may come to regret their hate-filled hearts.
Let’s be blunt
FADA is wrong. FADA, which VP Mike Pence has pushed for years, is nothing more than a legalized way for people to discriminate against other people, and it’s falsely disguised as a protection of religious freedom.
Since the supporters of FADA have tried to make this about religion, let me get “all religious for a minute” — any Christian who supports this, is Christian in name only — that is just a fact. While I don’t ordinarily like to infuse religion into my posts, let me be blunt for supporters of FADA: Christ is the new Covenant with man — the Old Testament is not the doctrine one should solely live by. One cannot be a true Christian if they ignore the teachings of Christ — in fact, people who flagrantly disregard what Christ preached and taught us, are, Anti-Christ’s. That may seem harsh, but it is the reality.
There is one race: the human race. We are all God’s children, created in his image. We may not like or understand the differences in our brother’s and sister’s, but understand that God does not make a mistake — we are all equal in his eyes. Since we are all his children, he expects us to treat each other as such and FADA in no uncertain terms, is basically saying that God is wrong.
James 2:4 describes those people who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Rather than judging and discriminating against our brother’s and sister’s, James 2:8 teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
If the supporters of FADA still aren’t clear, in John 13:34, Christ commands us to love one another as He loves us.
Do you think FADA is honoring that command?
If a baker bakes a cake for a same-sex wedding, God is not going to punish the baker (if anyone for that matter). God is impartial and He loves us without discrimination — as Christ taught, shouldn’t we then love our fellow man with that same unconditional approach?
Some will hate and try to disguise their hate as a religious right or requirement of their religion — they arrogantly try to make others believe that FADA is the right way, and those of us who do not support it are the wrong way. That is a bold-faced lie. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25 that whatever we do to the least of His brothers, we do to Him. If we treat a person with malice, contempt, or discrimination, we are mistreating a person (child of God), who is created in God’s image — we are basically hurting somebody whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.
So, how do you feel about FADA? If the supporters of this effort to legalize hate and discrimination wish to hide behind religion, they best not call it “Christianity,” because it is anything but Christian. Even if you’re not a religious person, consider this:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence
After all, it is love, not hate, which makes America great.