[:en]Joe Biden Collides with Catholic Bishops over Equality Act[:]
President Joe Biden urged Congress Friday to “swiftly cross” the Equality Act, setting him squarely on a collision course with the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
“Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Individuals and their households for a lot too lengthy,” Biden mentioned in a statement. “Regardless of the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ neighborhood has made to safe their fundamental civil rights, discrimination remains to be rampant in lots of areas of our society.”
The Equality Act offers lengthy overdue federal civil rights protections on the premise of sexual orientation and gender identification, locking in important safeguards in our housing, schooling, public companies, and lending techniques — and codifying the braveness and resilience of the LGBTQ+ motion into enduring legislation.
The U.S. Bishops, together with quite a few different religion leaders, have expressed their consternation over the prospect of the Equality Act, urging Congress to not cross the laws, which might be particularly damaging to girls and devastating to non secular freedom.
In a 2019 letter to the Committee on the Judiciary of the Home of Representatives, the bishops and different Christian leaders mentioned the Equality Act “hinders high quality well being care, endangers the privateness and security of girls and ladies, regulates free speech, severely undermines non secular freedom, and threatens charitable nonprofits and the folks they serve.”
The proposed laws just isn’t about treating all folks “with equal dignity and respect,” they famous, however would “mandate that each one well being care professionals and suppliers carry out gender transition procedures that go in opposition to many such suppliers’ greatest medical judgment, to not point out their deeply held ethical or non secular convictions.”
The laws would additionally “undermine civil rights for girls and ladies by opening restrooms, locker rooms, and bathe amenities to organic males who establish as feminine,” they declared. “Girls and ladies deserve entry to personal areas after they go to their native fitness center or use the restroom.”
The invoice additionally “threatens to halt the advances girls’s sports activities have achieved” by permitting “these with bodily benefits to compete in opposition to girls and acquire scholarships and different awards on the expense of girls,” they mentioned.
In a separate statement, 5 chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Convention condemned the Equality Act, saying it might “impose sweeping new norms that negatively affect the unborn, well being care, charitable companies, colleges, private privateness, athletics, free speech, non secular liberties, and parental rights.”
“The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘intercourse’ and ’gender identification’ would erase girls’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal legal guidelines,” the bishops mentioned.
On Friday, Catholic League President Invoice Donohue joined the bishops in denouncing the try to impose gender ideology on the nation within the title of “equality.”
“The Equality Act is, unquestionably, essentially the most radical assault on non secular liberty, the best to life, and privateness rights ever packaged into one invoice,” Dr. Donohue declared.
What makes the Equality Act actually treacherous is “its endorsement by a Catholic president,” Donohue famous, as a result of, because the Bishops’ chairman has noticed, “it creates confusion among the many devoted about what the Church truly teaches on these questions.”