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08/30/2006

More Cali anti-gays bash Schwarzenegger for encouraging non-bashing of gays

by Jeremy Hooper

Responding to the news that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed SB 1441 -- a measure prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in state operated or funded services, activities and programs -- the Traditional Values Coalition's Louis Sheldon says:

"Gov. Schwarzenegger's ignorance of the First Amendment is astounding" ... "No religious institution should be forced by the government to endorse behaviors that are clearly considered sinful or abnormal by these institutions. This violates the Constitutionally-protected religious freedom of these organizations to set their own moral standards and violates the freedom of conscience of the leaders of these educational institutions."

To which we reply:

"Louis Sheldon and fellows' ignorance of SB 1441 is astounding. The key word in his mistaken assertion is "endorse" -- no religious institution will be forced by the government to "endorse" behaviors that are offensively considered to be sinful by the institutions. SB 1441 does not violate the Constitutionally-protected religious freedom of these organizations to set their own moral standards or the freedom of consciense of the leaders of these education institutions because it doesn't make them "endorse" anything -- it merely prevents them from DISCRIMINATING against potential and current gay students. This doesn't mean they have to give homosexuality their seal of approval; they simply have to be tolerant of and show parity towards gays. If these means they are not free to say the Bible says 'gays are sinful, case closed' and still accept tax dollars, then this is a welcome development. Now, if they want to say 'some interpret Leviticus and Romans 1 to condemn homosexuality, but others disagree,' then more power to them! But those who accept government money should never be allowed to deny an otherwise eligible candidate on the basis of who they are as a person. We refuse to make any apologies for this conviction."

Inequality is like the Washington Generals -- no matter how loudly their fans cheer, neither is ever going to win in the end.

California Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill Violating The First Amendment [TVC]
Earlier: Funny, we always imagined that opening the 'gates of hell' would do more than just protect gays from discrimination [G-A-Y]

**Also: Concerned Women For America's Jan LaRue calls SB 1441 "indoctrination on steroids."

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