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07/18/2014

Catholic Bishops again go after basic workplace protections for LGBT people

by Jeremy Hooper

I'm fairly certain that when most LGBT people are fired from or passed over for a job, they are not actively engaging in sex when that employment decision is made. Obviously the person who made the unfair decision is acting on biases, suspicions, stereotypes, and all of the other reasons that people use to stigmatize and marginalize LGBT people.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 At 2.26.28 PmBut leave it to a cadre of our nation's most anti-gay Catholic Bishops to pretend otherwise. In yet another letter in which they overreach their theology into American political life, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (who is practically a National Organization For Marriage staid member at this point), Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone say the following about federal employment protections:

Instead of protecting persons, [the Employment Non Discrimination Act] uses the force of the law to coerce everyone to accept a deeply problematic understanding of human sexuality and sexual behavior and to condone such behavior. The current proposed ENDA legislation is not about protecting persons, but behavior. Churches, businesses and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity.

Eliminating truly unjust discrimination – based on personal characteristics, not sexual behavior – and protecting religious freedom are goals that we all should share. The current political climate makes it very difficult to maintain a reasonable dialogue on these contentious issues, but we must keep trying.
FULL LETTER:
Hobby Lobby and ENDA [USCC]

Yeah, Bishops? You all are bemoaning the difficulty of reasonable dialogue? Seriously? You? The ones who feel that your personal choice of faith and lifestyle allows you the freedom to subjugate fair protections for millions? The ones who believe that protecting these millions from the most basic form of animus constitutes "a deeply problematic understanding of human sexuality and sexual behavior and to condone such behavior"? Just checking, so we're all clear: you four bishops are the ones who think that political dialogue is a thing for you to both shape and bemoan?

What gall. Hubris.

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