What kind of odds you want to lay me that Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, subscribes to the newsletter of the far-right Family Research Center (FRC)? I’m laying my money down only if I get to bet that she does, but I’ll give you whatever odds you like. And on the assumption that I’m correct, she’s been hearing that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) currently in Congress and being pushed by Obama, will “impose homosexuality” in workplaces.
No, the FRC doesn’t claim that straight employees will be forced to watch gay porn until they convert to the LGBT lifestyle. But it does claim that businesses, even religious businesses, would be forced to hire gays. The newsletter points out that “[t]his law would punish anyone in the workplace who dares oppose homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other unhealthy behaviors” and that Obama is trying to “impose homosexuality and silence Christianity in workplaces”–even to the point of forcing workers to remove those offensive (to gays) Bibles from their desks.
Such an imagination these folks have.
The legislation would not force anyone to be hired. It would only mean that it would be illegal “to fire, refuse to hire, or fail to promote employees simply based on sexual orientation,” as it is currently illegal to do in cases of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Additionally, as the Human Rights Campaign points out, current ENDA legislation “exempts small businesses, religious organizations and the military.“
But do you think Cunningham will ponder those fine points of the law once she hears from the FRC? Bear in mind that at the Educational Policy Conference of the Constitutional Coalition last winter, she spoke on the topic “the homosexual agenda in our public schools” and introduced her good friend State Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma, who:
achieved brief national notoriety when Ellen DeGeneres played a tape of Kern saying things like:
You know why they’re trying to get early childhood education? They want to get our young children into the government schools so they can indoctrinate them. …. And they’re going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.”
Ooh, earth to Sally Kern and Jane Cunningham.
And don’t try to tell me I lost that bet.