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January 19, 2010

Obama’s EEOC Pick: Gay Rights Trump Religious Liberties

President Obama’s pick to the EEOC (Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission) truthfully and rightfully states that there is a conflict between gay rights and religious liberty.  And she calls it a “zero sum game.”  Which means the triumph of one spells a defeat for the other.   She calls her views “radical”, but they are only radical in so much as she takes the gay rights debate to its honest and logical conclusion.
SOCIETY SHOULD NOT TOLERATE PRIVATE BELIEFS THAT ADVERSELY AFFECT HOMOSEXUALS
(CNSNews.com) – Chai Feldblum, the Georgetown University law professor nominated by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has written that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”

“Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs that adversely affect African-Americans in the commercial arena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views, we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity that adversely affect LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people,” the Georgetown law professor argued.

Feldblum’s admittedly “radical” view is based on what she sees as a “zero-sum game” between religious freedom and the homosexual agenda, where “a gain for one side necessarily entails a corresponding loss for the other side.”

Feldblum does recognize that elements of the homosexual agenda may infringe on Americans’ religious liberties. However, Feldblum argues that society should “come down on the side” of homosexual equality at the expense of religious liberty. Because the conflict between the two is “irreconcilable,” religious liberty — which she also calls “belief liberty” — must be placed second to the “identity liberty” of homosexuals.

“And, in making the decision in this zero sum game, I am convinced society should come down on the side of protecting the liberty of LGBT people,” she wrote.

“Protecting one group’s identity liberty may, at times, require that we burden others’ belief liberty. This is an inherent and irreconcilable reality of our complex society,” Feldblum wrote.

Gay Rights” in the American political discourse means only one thing– gay marriage. If President Obama’s pick to head the EEOC has her way, your religious liberty will be sacrificed on the altar of gay rights.  There’s no more delicate way of putting that.  When court decisions start coming down the pike–including decisions coming down from the EEOC–codifying such gay “rights” as same sex marriage it seems inevitable that it will spill over into reducing or diminishing your religious liberties in other areas, such as through claims of religiously-based discrimination by private entities like churches, religious universities, the Boy Scouts, etc.  Now whatever is preached from the pulpit, who a church or religious university decides to hire based on their religious convictions, who a church chooses to deny their property to for gay marriages, etc., become criminally actionable.  Same sex marriage will be taught as the norm in public and private schools, and you as a parent would have no say in the matter.  These are just some of the “private beliefs”–which are in effect your religious liberties– Obama’s EEOC pick says must be limited by force of law.

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  1. Look, I can be sympathetic to the first part of the article in the sense that this kind of equal rights language stems from the long tradition of backing slavery and segregation with biblical texts AND holding back the claims of women’s suffrage and (in the private sphere) their participation in church. This is not ‘radical’ language … this is the logical extension of ‘making America live up to the promise’. It seems to me (and i know we differ on this) Homosexual marriage is the final, logical conclusion of this whole damn-fooled trajectory. (i.e. It doesn’t involve children, animals, or inanimate)

    BUT, what i find very, very troublesome is this:

    All beliefs should be equal, regardless of their source, Feldblum says. “A belief derived from a religious faith should be accorded no more weight—and no less weight—than a belief derived from a non-religious source.” According to Feldman, the source of a person’s belief – be it God, spiritual energy, or the five senses – “has no relevance.”

    This is the end of a viable Christianity in this country …

    The problem is that this country is running two parallel trajectories: 1) Christian 2) Democratic.

    Christian/Democratic cannot survive in a ‘post-christian’ world.

    More so, and this is where I think we should come down hard, this incessant and moronic belief that A) you can REMOVE the personal in the public (this seems so academic and no one seems to take it on) and B) that equality of belief means all beliefs matter when in fact it actually means NO BELIEFS MATTER.

    Comment by paleocon — January 19, 2010 @ 02:55

  2. Or maybe the trajectories are 1) christian 2) post modern? Because up until recent times democracy and christianity have gotten along pretty well. As opposed to post-modernism that gets along well with no one.

    I don’t like to equate slavery/racism with gay rights though. There’s no difference between the races, but there are vast differences between the sexes, and that’s what we’re tampering with when it comes to gay marriage. Equating the two is a false comparison, and it only plays into their hands.

    Comment by Jesusland — January 19, 2010 @ 10:16

  3. “There’s no difference between the races, but there are vast differences between the sexes, and that’s what we’re tampering with when it comes to gay marriage. Equating the two is a false comparison, and it only plays into their hands.”

    That’s only when you decontextualize it from history … Black slaves were monkey’s to most of the slave owning population.

    Comment by paleocon — January 19, 2010 @ 12:04

  4. >>>That’s only when you decontextualize it from history … Black slaves were monkey’s to most of the slave owning population.

    Yeah, I get that. It’s not a narrative I accept in this case though. It’s a false contextualization because there was absolutely no moral nor rational reason blacks should have been treated that way, while there are rational and moral reasons for discriminating on the basis of gay when it comes to marriage.

    Comment by Jesusland — January 19, 2010 @ 14:31

  5. “while there are rational and moral reasons for discriminating on the basis of gay when it comes to marriage.”

    … how many times has that been said in the course of history …

    I’m just not so sure. Taboo, maybe, but ‘moral’? ‘Rational’ reasons … as though there was anything rational about love and sex … the only clear argument is procreation –And unless the West want to start listening to the pope –well, then, is the West really in a position to stand the line?

    Comment by paleocon — January 19, 2010 @ 15:07

  6. The irony in all this is that the bible is weak, or at least ‘thin’, on the situation …. while the Church Fathers are clear.

    But in a world that set’s aside the authority of tradition (and this includes bible fearing protestants) it’s not going to hold muster.

    Comment by paleocon — January 19, 2010 @ 15:18

  7. What to you want me to do, become a freakin papist??? lol.

    Comment by Jesusland — January 19, 2010 @ 15:26

  8. >>>… how many times has that been said in the course of history …

    POMO!

    Comment by Jesusland — January 19, 2010 @ 15:39

  9. You’re relgious freedom to discriminate is being attacked it what it is. I wish that you could just admit that and say it ecaxtly like that. The laws are designed to stop discrimination, and unless you want to discriminate against gay people then you are losing nothing.

    Comment by Ben — January 11, 2011 @ 16:05

  10. I loved your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

    Comment by Avery Murguia — February 5, 2012 @ 00:48


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