eastwind journals – March 8, 2021

By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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The U.S. Equality Act exemplifies this absolute irony. And a war is brewing between LGBTQ communities, backed up by President Biden, and a host of Christian groups, backed up by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This is not just an American problem. It is global and involves most Western Christian nations. The U.S. and U.N. have funds for abortion clinics worldwide.

The Act was recently passed in the House of Representatives on Feb. 25, 2021 with a vote of 224-206. One side celebrated and the other side panicked. The difference of just 18 votes promises that the war will escalate. It now sits in the Senate for deliberation.

In June 2020 (Bostock vs. Clayton County), the Supreme Court prohibited  employment discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity”. Biden issued an Executive Order to mandate agencies to expand the Bostock precedent to other areas such as education, housing, and health care. (hrc.org Feb. 20, 2021).

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) says that the rights of the LGBTQ people have to be protected in areas such as “employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Federal law does not explicitly provide non-discrimination protection.”

On the other hand, religious leaders see the complete opposite. On March 20, 2019, the USCCB wrote the US Senate that it opposes the Act “on the grounds of freedom of expression and freedom of religion”. In other words, the Act is viewed to sacrifice Christian moral precepts in favor of LGBTQ legal rights.

A few years ago, US Catholic hospitals, which constitute the largest number nationwide, threatened to close nationwide if the Government insisted in compelling them to practice abortion. The government defended the rights of mothers to choose, and the Church defended the right of unborn babies to life. The government, in fear of Catholic hospitals closing shop, blinked and withdrew in silence. The issue died down subsequently.

On May 7, a coalition of Christian organizations sent a similar letter to the House of Representatives, saying that the Act “undermines religious freedom and charitable nonprofits and the people they serve, regulates free speech, hinders quality health care.”

Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said, “The Equality Act is the most comprehensive assault on religious liberty, the right to life, and privacy rights ever. Catholic hospitals would no longer be allowed to govern as Catholic facilities, threatening healthcare for everyone, especially the poor.” (Wikipedia).

The arrest of a football player in a jampacked stadium, when he knelt down to pray in the open field, which went viral in the Internet, exemplifies the conflict between the moral and the legal, between the Church and the State.

In the Philippines, anticipating massive funds from Biden and the U.N., pro-abortion activist Atty. Clara Rita Padilla wrote a bill decriminalizing abortion. Padilla has ties with a U.N.-affiliated pro-abortion NGO, and U.S. pro-abortion groups. The strong Catholic Philippines, led by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), is set to oppose the Government eyeing the juicy funds.

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By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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