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Equality Act Would Close or Punish ‘Thousands’ of Religious Organizations, Senators Told

Christian Headlines - Thousands of faith-based organizations would be closed or punished by the government if the Equality Act becomes law, senators were told during a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.

The bill, H.R. 5, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a law that was passed to confront racial discrimination – by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes for public places and accommodations, education, housing and employment. President Biden supports it.

Two panelists told senators the Equality Act would have a dire impact on religious liberty.

“Any organization or any school ... that held to a biological view of sex as part of its religious belief, would come in the crosshairs of this new anti-discrimination law,” journalist and researcher Abigail Shrier said.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) argued that “millions of Americans will be treated as second-class citizens and threatened with lawsuits simply for believing that men are men and women are women.”

Cotton asked Shrier and Mary Rice Hasson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center if they believe the Equality Act, if it becomes law, would “shutter or punish thousands of charities, clinics, community services and schools across the....READ MORE is brought to you by a group of Christian writers and editors who are dedicated to creating a well-rounded look at what’s happening across the globe from a Christian worldview. Our vision is to inform and inspire productive discussion about the current events and online trends that shape our lives, our churches and our world. includes blog posts about current events and Christian media, breaking news, feature articles, and guest commentaries, many written by respected Christian thinkers.



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