‘Gay,’ Muslim lawmakers launching resolution
A homosexual member of Congress from Colorado and a Muslim from Indiana are proposing a resolution to thwart “so-called religious freedom” laws that reinforce the constitutional protections reserved for religious believers accused of discrimination.
The issue arose when Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Protection Act based on the federal law to protect people of faith such as the Christian bakers, florists and photographers who have been punished for declining to lend their talents to same-sex ceremonies.
The new move from Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., would force Christians to provide their services for homosexual events, even if it violates their faith.
Carson, a Muslim whose appointment to the House Intelligence Committee has been criticized because of his association with radical Islamic groups, this week issued a statement about his plan for a “Federal LGBT Resolution Opposing Discrimination.”
“For far too long, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have been forced to live in the shadows because of who they are,” Carson said in a statement posted online. “Year after year, we see attacks on the LGBT community as governments at all levels look to institutionalize discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Recently, we witnessed my home state of Indiana enact a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, giving businesses the right to refuse serve based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
He said it’s “long past time” for Congress to set in stone bans on such decisions based on religion.
Carson asserted “all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,” need to know they are “valued members of our society.”
“They deserve to live their lives like any other American, free from intolerance because of who they are,” he said.
America, he urged, must be intolerant of “discrimination faced by the LGBT community.”
Written by BOB UNRUH
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