Earlier this year, the Omaha City Council passed an ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of reasons people cannot legally be fired by their employers. I was there that day, in support of the ordinance, because I happen to think discrimination is a bad thing. Some Omaha Christians disagree.
Since it was passed, they've been working to undo it. One of the groups behind this called the Nebraska Heritage Coalition. They oppose these basic civil rights and have even succeeded in getting it reviewed by the Nebraska Legislature.
This is exactly what I meant when I said opposition to marriage equality is almost entirely religious. Their very first instruction on their page on the hearing tomorrow is to pray.
1. Pray NOW – also about joining us at City Hall to “Watch & Pray”
- Pray for Divine intervention.
- Pray for God’s people to repent of apathy and our sins then rise up and publicly stand for righteousness.
- Pray that our leaders hear our testimony and fear God.
They go on to claim the ordinance's prohibition of discrimination is itself discrimination against their religious freedom.
Testimony should focus on: "Sexual orientation and gender identity are not civil rights issues." and/or that it that it also threatens our religious freedoms.
2. This type of legislation, wherever passed, discriminates against many people of faith and threatens our religious liberties.
- The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion to individuals, not just to religious organizations.
- This type of legislation violates separation of church and state as the state rules that selected aspects our faith to be “Hate Speech,” a violation of diversity, promoting a hostile environment, or in this case a violation of civil rights.
Apparently, creating a law that entirely ignores their religion is a violation of the Separation of Church and State. Apparently, it's a violation of the Separation of Church to see hate speech and call it hate speech, even if someone wants to use their religion to justify it and pretend it's not hate speech. Apparently, the rights of Christians are being violated unless we all conform to how they say we should live.
So remember, don't do what you think is right or what works for you. Do exactly what these Christians say you should do. Otherwise, you're an oppressive bigot who hates freedom.
Credit: Progressive Oasis