TOPIC 3: The Equality Act is Thinly Veiled Inequality
Intro: In the United States of America, who could be against equality? No one wants to wear a T-shirt that says I’m proud to be a bigot, or I’m against equality. So, why is there such a groundswell of opposition to the Equality Act that passed the House and is headed to the Senate? Joining us in this debate is Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of the historic Moody Church in Chicago for 36 years.
Q: What’s wrong with equality? Isn’t equality what America was built on and strives for?
A: This bill is actually one of inequality.
That word equality seems so innocuous. Today it is applied to every cause imaginable; This bill, with its expansive rights given to the LGBTQ and trans community would infringe on the rights of others in so many ways.
If you have a daughter, would you want her to share the same locker room and shower with a man who says he identifies as a woman? The bottom line, when there is a collision of rights, the LBGTQ and trans individuals would supersede the rights of others. I see no equality there.
Q: What are other threats you perceive in this bill?
A: It is a serious assault on religious freedom. It will strip Christian churches and faith based schools and ministries of the right to hire people who share the same faith and values as the institution. In point of fact, it means that Churches and Christian ministries might have to actually hire people who are hostile to the beliefs and practices of the organization.
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He is author of many books including his latest, “We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture’s Assault on Christianity.”