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03/30/2010

FRC once invited Chai Feldblum to speak. Too bad they wrote their script months before

by Jeremy Hooper

Newly recess-appointed Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionChai Feldblum once made comments all about how we need to respect civil rights without disrespecting others religious liberties. And she did this while sitting on a Family Research Council panel:

(Feldblum's part begins around 50:00 mark)

**MORE: AUDIO CLIPS

As you can hear, she was/is fundamentally respectful to the nation in which all of us live and some of us pray. Which is what makes these latest comments, from the very same Family Research Council, all the more enraging:

Like Mr. Becker, Ms Feldblum believes that if the law doesn't suit her agenda, she can simply disregard it.
Ms. Feldblum is one of the architects of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which seeks to give special protections to homosexuals and crossdressers, with no regard for the religious objections of those who see such practices as wrong. In fact, when questioned about instances when religious liberty and homosexual "rights" conflict, Ms. Feldblum brazenly stated she would have "a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win." There seems to be little doubt, even in Ms. Feldblum's mind, about how she will rule in cases involving religious liberty that come before her.
This Chai Is No One's Cup of Tea [FRC]

"No regard for the religious objections of those who see such practices as wrong"? Did they even listen to what she said while appearing in their building?!?! Feldblum, who was raised an Orthodox Jew, is perhaps the most respectful of the religious/civil situation of all of our side's advocates. She fully gets it. Which is exactly why she also gets that religious freedoms have limitations, and are not allowed the unfetter reign that the "pro-family" community wants them to have. Feldblum thinks about these issues critically, and has achieved an admirable level of prominence based on principle and reason, not dogma.

So back to the earlier question: Did FRC even listen to what Feldblum said while appearing in their building? The obvious answer to anyone who follows "culture war" politics is, obviously: Yes. Yes, they did listen. And then they used what they learn to craft a response based not on what she actually said, but rather on the things that she said that they know they can reduce to the most oversimplified degree and then misrepresent for their listening public. All so that they can ruin a qualified person's career.

Are these exemplary moral values on the part of the FRC? You be the judge. That is if there's enough judgement left in the world, considering the way groups like FRC have so thoroughly monopolized the concept.

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