NYT: Force Religious Employers to Hire Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgenders

"The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, however, has a significant flaw — a terribly broad religious exemption."

On Tuesday, The New York Times editorial board made clear its disdain for religious Americans, stating that the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, supposedly designed to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace, did not go far enough. The Times was happy that the ENDA passed through the Senate with flying colors, despite the fact that it is largely a boondoggle on behalf of trial lawyers everywhere. But then the Times complained:

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, however, has a significant flaw — a terribly broad religious exemption. The exemption would extend beyond churches and other houses of worship to any religiously affiliated institution, like hospitals and universities, and would allow those institutions to discriminate against people in jobs with no religious function, like billing clerks, cafeteria workers and medical personnel.

The Times thinks that religious employers ought to have to hire and fire without regard for their religious values. Presumably, that would include private religious day schools, which are not “churches and other houses of worship.” And so the Times continued, “the exemption would give a stamp of legitimacy to the very sort of discrimination the act is meant to end. Any attempt to further enlarge the exemption should be rejected.”

The federal government’s attempt to cram anti-religious values down the throats of religious believers continues apace, boosted by the intolerance of the Times editorial board, which sees itself as the great moral authority dictating ethics to benighted traditional religious believers.

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