The Equality Act (H.R.5) is (at the time of the publication of this episode) in committee in the U.S House of Representatives. For a full description and the text of the bill, click here.

Here are 3 things that church leaders and other committed Christians should know about this bill and its potential impact on religious liberty and civic pluralism.

  1. What It Is.
  2. Why It Matters to Religious Liberty.
  3. Why It Will Not Produce Equal Dignity and Respect for All.

Key Takeaways:

  • Laws (often referred to as sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) laws) similar to the proposed Equality Act have been passed in 24 states and have often been used to silence or punish those that hold an orthodox, biblical view of human sexuality.
  • A catalogue of religious liberty cases filed in response to or affected by SOGI laws in the areas of education, creative businesses, faith-based adoption services, women’s rights and parental rights.
  • A review of Employment Division v. Smith and why it is critical to this conversation.
  • At times, we have acted like religious liberty in the marketplaces isn’t as important as religious liberty in the ministry. This is shortsighted.
  • The fact that an issue in public life is controversial does not mean that it is wrong.
  • Every person should be free to live and work according to their deeply held convictions without fear of punishment by the government.
  • This law will not bring us closer to “confident pluralism” or a society where we can all work together toward the common good.