Everyone’s Rights

As Angelo wrote recently:

There is potential for federal legislation that guarantees protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans while yet shielding people of faith and good will from heavy-handed punishment by the government. But the “Equality Act” isn’t it.

Worth repeating:



8 Comments for “Everyone’s Rights”

  1. posted by Jorge on

    “’Passage of the Equality Act would… put the nonprofit status of religious charities at risk; it would force mom-and-pop businesses to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies; and it would flout bedrock principles that have served as the foundation of the American experience for centuries.’”

    Phyllis Schlafly, is that you?

    “That column sparked a social media outcry against the Equality Act by conservatives, gay and not, and prompted Angelo to seek supporters for a petition to urge the Senate to kill the act.”

    Perhaps if I *read* the bill, I might learn something and be compelled to action.

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  2. posted by JohnInCA on

    There is potential for federal legislation that guarantees protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans while yet shielding people of faith and good will from heavy-handed punishment by the government.

    But he’ll be damned if he’ll ever ever actually propose such a thing.

    Sorry dudes, but the reason Republicans don’t support the Equality Act is not that it goes too far in it’s non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. It’s that they don’t support non-discrimination protections for LGBT people at all.

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    • posted by Jorge on

      Sorry dudes, but the reason Republicans don’t support the Equality Act is not that it goes too far in it’s non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. It’s that they don’t support non-discrimination protections for LGBT people at all.

      This is not a website on which I am accustomed to reading lies.

      I think the reverse is true: the reason Democrats propose extremist bills (I suppose I’ll have to read this one eventually) is out of concern that any moderate bill will a) get Republican support, and b) having passed, the country’s moderates will declare the mission of equality over before liberals get everything in their gimmie wish list.

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      • posted by JohnInCA on

        As I’ve said repeatedly now, Republicans could prove you right anytime they wanted.

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        • posted by Jorge on

          Impossible. It’s almost a truism that Republicans can’t get progressive reform done without asking Democrats’ permission.

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          • posted by JohnInCA on

            So by your own admission, it is impossible for you to be proven right. Am I then to take it on faith?

          • posted by Jorge on

            So by your own admission, it is impossible for you to be proven right. Am I then to take it on faith?

            No.

            You may take it on your own faithlessness for knowingly asking for a condition that is impossible to achieve due to sabotage

            and then falsely claiming that the sole alternative to proof is faith. With the aid of philosophy, science can use logic to find reason between proof and faith.

            That’s how I learned that the soul (probably) doesn’t exist, even though one cannot prove a negative. Fortunately for me, I forgot the reasoning behind it. I think it had something to do with the human trait of self-consciousness being impossible to detect in the brain, and it being impossible to prove that any subjective experience of perception (such as red being that vivid rich color and blue being that enticing spiritual color) cannot be explained entirely through a central nervous system that’s usually nearly identical from person to person. Or at least that was the case when I studied cognitive science 16 years ago.

          • posted by JohnInCA on

            Republicans can’t propose a bill that Mitch McConnell will let go to a vote because of “sabotage”?

            Yeah, that sounds reasonable.

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