Another of those WTF Moments …

The Equality Act was introduced into the House of Representatives by Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on March 13, 2019.  In summary …

This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.

The bill expands the definition of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide (1) exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; (2) goods, services, or programs; and (3) transportation services.

The bill allows the Department of Justice to intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.

Nothing too controversial there, right?  The LGBT people in our world surely deserve the same rights and protections as everyone, right?  It isn’t rocket science, right?  Well …

“Standing with my colleagues in opposition to the so-called “Equality Act” as it undermines human dignity, freedom of speech, religion, and conscience, and puts parental rights at risk.” – U.S. Representative Warren Davidson, Ohio

Say WHAT???

No no no no no Warren!  Human dignity is what it is trying to protect and preserve.  What, do you want separate water coolers, perhaps, for LGBT people?  Or … perhaps they should have segregated schools?  Oh, I know … you don’t want any to be able to buy a house in your neighborhood, or to get a decent job, or even to be able to purchase a wedding cake, perhaps?  Or … perhaps you would like them to have a number tattooed onto their arms and wear a gold star on their clothing?  Dignity, Warren?  How do you define that word?  Seems to me you’re trying to take away the dignity of an entire group of people … yes, Warren … people.

Religion?  How does giving an LGBT person a fair shot at a job or at a slot in college or to get a loan to purchase a car interfere with anybody’s ‘freedom of religion’?  Answers, please?  Freedom of speech?  Um, excuse me, but what … you want to be able to shout from the steps of the Capitol Building “I hate gays!”?  Sure, go ahead … see if anybody votes for you next year.  How in the Sam Heck does ensuring equal rights for people interfere with your or my freedom of speech?  The answer is it doesn’t.

And lastly … “puts parental rights at risk”???  What planet are you on, Warren?  Let me ask you a quick question, if you don’t mind … just how much alcohol do you drink in the course of a 24-hour period?  First, I’m not even sure what you mean when you say, “parental rights”.  I think of parental responsibilities as parents’ duty to keep their children warm, healthy, well-fed, safe and to see to their education, but … what “rights” do you refer to?  And how does giving people equal opportunities in employment, housing, credit, education, and public facilities undermine those “parental rights”?  Answers, please.

Warren Davidson happens to be my representative and I know him to be a fool who is more concerned with preserving bitcoin than human life, so apart from the fact that he represents my district in Congress, it would be easy to write his babbling rhetoric off as foolishness.  But …

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) joined with Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), Jody Hice (R-Georgia), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and Carol Miller (R-West Virginia) to speak out about the Equality Act’s harmful effects on women and girls. Alongside the lawmakers, representatives from CWALAC, Women’s Liberation Front, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council, were clear – the “Equality Act” will do away with women’s sports, safe spaces for women, and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s health care. It is dangerous for our country. This bill is extreme and dangerous. It is not about equality; it is about imposing a new form of discrimination against women and people of faith in our country.” Concerned Women For America

WTF???

Has this entire bloomin’ nation gone loco?

There is not one single legitimate concern voiced by either Davidson or this “women’s” group or anyone else, for that matter.  So … what’s going on here?  Well, folks, it’s called b-i-g-o-t-r-y.  Homophobia.  Fear of that which is not understood.  So, rather than seek to educate, they choose hate.  Rather than accept people as they are, they choose to shun them because they are not just like them.

LGBT people are people.  Humans.  Just like me and you.  Just because some narrow-minded portion of society feels threatened by people who love someone of their own gender is no reason to deny people the right to earn a living, live in a decent neighborhood, shop in their local store, send their children to school, get a loan, or have a wedding cake baked.  People, that’s all.

The Equality Act bill passed in the House of Representatives on Friday by a vote of 236-173, with 23 abstentions.  Eight of the ‘Aye’ votes were by republicans, and all 173 ‘Nay’ votes were by republicans.  The eight republicans who supported the bill are:

  • Susan Brooks (Indiana)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)
  • Will Hurd (Texas)
  • John Katko (New York)
  • Tom Reed (New York)
  • Elise Stefanik (New York)
  • Greg Walden (Oregon)

These eight deserve a thumbs up for voting their conscience instead of toeing the party line.  The rest of the republicans continue to do the bidding of the evangelicals and the person in the Oval Office … shame on them!

Sadly, the bill will die a rapid death when it reaches the Senate, for Mitchell McConnell has made a pledge, it seems, to ensure that no bills that are for the benefit of the people of this nation will pass under his watch.  And, if it passes the Senate by some miracle, Trump will veto it, for his puppeteers like Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress and Pat Robertson are against it and he does their bidding, not ours.  ‘Tis a sad state of affairs when people in this nation no longer have basic civil rights, human rights.

33 thoughts on “Another of those WTF Moments …

  1. As a Rhode Island resident, I am proud of David Cicilline and the introduction by him of the Equality Act. He is known for being the first openly gay mayor of a U.S. State Capital, that being the city of Providence from 2003-2011. I believe that he joins only 9 other known LGBT members of Congress this year. It is of great significance that this bill has been supported and passed by a total of 263 House members, although with Mitch McConnell at the helm of the Senate it has virtually no chance of making to Trump where it would surely find death by veto. I have to wonder, are there no LGBT persons in Kentucky or are they of no consequence to Master Mitch? Thank-you!

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    • I didn’t know that about David Cicilline, either! You are broadening my horizons tonight, for sure! The thing about Mitch and Kentucky is that he plays dirty pool, denigrating and threatening his potential opponents. Kentucky is largely a farming and coal-mining state, not among the most highly educated, and he has run his re-election campaigns with an iron fist, threats, bullying, and other trickery. I’m hoping that he is soundly defeated next year, but I’m not holding my breath. He is a classic case of the merits of term limits. If the democrats could gain a majority in the Senate, then Mitch’s power would be greatly curtailed, his puppy strings clipped. But, I see the chances of the democrats winning the senate as very, very slim.

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  2. It’s like some people think there is only so much liberty to go around, and if you give it out to too many “new” people, well, there isn’t enough left for you. People like that need to actually read the bible – and I’m talking the parts where Jesus talks about loving thy neighbour and all that – I know it’s inconvenient, and there are a lot of big words, but give it a try!

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    • For some reason, they seem to think that if someone is different from them in any way — physical appearance, religious beliefs, sexual orientation — they must be eradicated. Bigotry and arrogance … they make a great pair, don’t they? Well, when they do read their religious tomes, they choose only the parts that fit in with what they WANT their world to be, and ignore the rest. Sigh.

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  3. I’m just so done with the religious liberty crap. I really am. These people are not going away quietly are they? I’m with you Jill. This is about bigotry more than anything else. They try to mask their intentions in that cloak of religion and liberty. I’m not buying it! Your right to be outraged. Hell, every day is a new round of outrage…over and over….Enough already!!

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    • Me and you both, my friend. It seems so simple to me … live and let live. If you don’t wish to have an abortion, or marry someone of your own sex, then fine … nobody is asking you to. But for Pete’s sake, leave others alone to do as they choose. They aren’t hurting anybody else!!! Sigh. Enough already, but we both know it will never end. 😥

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  4. Jill, great post on a troubling stance embraced by the GOP. Two comments.

    First, I typed the following comment to your response on a previous post.
    The right to discriminate unfairly is different than someone’s rights to say don’t treat me unfairly. This is akin to the stone thrower retorting to Jesus, I have a right to stone a sinner.

    Second, Allied European Command General Dwight Eisenhower said Alan Turing probably shortened WWII by a couple of years and saved 750,000 lives by leading a team to solve Germany’s Enigma code. He was a gay man, who had to hide his sexuality or be imprisoned, which actually did happen later. If had been arrested before the code-breaking, we might have been forced to learn German. LGBTQ rights are important. God made Turing gay, so should we not respect one of God’s children? Keith

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  5. Perverted Christianity at work. It’s all about the bathroom issue at the first run through, but it time, these nut cases will expand their control, or at least try to.

    After all is said and done and you look back into history going all the way back to the Classical Era, Christianity has been arrogantly killing and destroying…look at the wars, the slavery issue, the way the American Native was treated, treatment of the Jews in WWII, missionaries trying to ruin perfectly happy primitive areas by forcing their religion on them and changing their whole culture and what we are witnessing in modern times now.

    This is the big picture of Christianity and it perverts any wisdom or morals to live by that any “supposed” Jesus ever stood for and his life’s purpose means nothing to these people. They are destroying his image and decency even though, in my view Jesus was an idea, not a real magical being. Because it doesn’t matter that this belief is only a story, as it represents kindness, tolerance and inclusion and they are thumbing their nose at it.

    To me, these Christians ( not all obviously) represent the magical story of Satan.

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    • Yes, religion … ALL religions … bear the responsibility for most of the world’s strife and probably ALL wars. I’m not so sure it’s the religion itself in most cases, but people’s interpretations of it. They cherry-pick, they promote the parts of the religious doctrine that fit in with the way they WANT life to be, and ignore the rest. Bigotry, arrogance and greed combine to give us the world we see today. Profit before people, and the only people who have value are those who look, act, and believe exactly as they do. As you know, I am not religious, for I saw through the hypocrisy at an early age, but I do believe there are more decent people out there of all religions than there are evil ones. But, of course as with any societal problems, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and it is the loud-mouthed bigots who give all the others a bad name. What a messy world this is for humans … the animal kingdom is much nicer!

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      • Yes definitely all religions but you don’t hear as much of this bigotry From Hindus and Buddhists, but maybe in older times and maybe I’m unaware.

        And I agree some religious people are good people and even democrats and the squeaky wheel thing for sure….

        but the moderates and more liberal religious leaders don’t speak up much…a few do…John Pavolitz is one..

        It’s just that this far right Christian minority in this country is controlling the very future of our country, the freedoms of the citizens and our response to climate change and war.

        How does a minority get such power?

        People should be shouting from the roof tops against their ideas, bigotry and control, but they’re not..

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        • You ask an excellent question there: How does a minority get such power? I don’t know the answer, but it certainly bears giving some thought, for if we ever get out of this mess, we need to know how to avoid a repeat. Only by understanding how/why can we learn and avoid the same mistakes in the future. The one notable thing is that it is not only here, but the ‘populist’ movement is spreading throughout the western world, largely set off by the refugee crisis that was a result of the Arab Spring movement a few years ago. My fear is that it will spread and in another 50-100 years we won’t recognize this world.

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  6. Warren Davidson is but one of many such Republican reps in Columbus and Washington DC from my home state of Ohio (Jim Jordan is probably the worst of the lot). Hopefully, court-ordered redistricting will eliminate some of them in 2020, but the GOP is appealing the decision, and the order could be delayed, if not overturned.

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    • Oh I know … there are many of them … Davidson and Jordan are both members of the House “Freedom” Caucus which is comprised of the most radical right-wing element in the House. Like you, I am encouraged that the court has ordered the district lines to be re-drawn, but am only cautiously optimistic that it will happen before the 2020 elections.

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  7. So much more than just a sad state of affairs.How many other ‘civilised’ countries are making such a determined effort to erode the hard fought for rights of equality as America is, and how many countries are using religion as the excuse? The Christian peacemakers of the world must recoil in horror to see their religion of peace used thus.I have no religious beliefs but I certainly support the measures towards equality made by those who call themselves humanitarians. I know in what camp I would rather belong.
    Cwtch

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    • Sadly, I did some research on it a while back, and there are still 70 United Nations members that criminalize same-sex relationships, and the punishments range from 10 years to life in prison. In a few nations, the punishment is actually the death penalty. Still, until recently I thought the western world was progressing in the area of ALL civil rights, including LGBT, but the past year or two have proven me wrong. Until a couple of years ago, I had a friend who runs a summer camp for handicapped and underprivileged children … a worthy, humanitarian cause, yes? But one day she had the nerve to brag to me about refusing to hire a person because he was gay, said she wouldn’t tolerate having the kids exposed to “that” … whatever “that” is. Sigh. Bigotry and arrogance.
      Cwtch

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      • Unfortunately being in the UN doesn’t bring with it a st of laws that could be classed as humanitarian. Most of those countries when death is the penalty for being gay are going to be African or Middle Eastern countries but maybe they’ll eventually come round. Where your ex-friend’s bigotry and arrogance are concerned I’m not sure there’s any chance.You can’t reason with that.
        Cwtch

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        • True … the UN can only go so far in punishing human rights violations. I don’t remember the countries that impose the death penalty, but I think there were three, and I do remember that Saudi Arabia was one. Nope … you cannot reason with that sort of bigotry which is why she’s an EX-friend. Sigh.

          Cwtch

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  8. Most of “them” don’t vote republican, if they vote at all. Why give them the opportunity to have any say in how government governs people? It’s like denying children the vote, although more children would vote republican than would people of different genders. Children can easily be brainwashed to believe republicans are saints, while democrats are just SJWs. What are SJWs? Who cares, they’re all democrats. Oh, SJWs are Social Justice Warriors–they want to stop people from shooting up schools. Isn’t that a good thing? No! They want to take our guns away from us. How can we protect ourselves without our AK-47s? You never know when Russian or Iranese soldiers may attack our homeland, you know. Our armies are big enough to defend our shores. We only have a thousand soldiers per mile of shoreline, not counting Alaska, or Hawaii, or Puerto Rico. We need our civilians heavily armed!
    Oh, and we can’t allow our women to have abortions! Don’t you realize you might not have been born if we let just anyone get abortions. You never hear of men getting abortions, do you? If we don’t need them, why should women?
    Pardon me while I barf, please…

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    • Yep, I imagine you were feeling rather ill by the time you finished that! I’m not sure how you managed to type it without wanting to throw something. There’s a pattern I’m seeing here … abortion, birth control, LGBT rights, voting rights, citizenship questions, education … it would seem the ONLY right not being trampled is the “right to bear arms”, and that one has a huge “DO NOT TOUCH” sign on it.

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