The Equality Act

How do we deal with someone else’s hypocrisy? What’s the appropriate amount of anger towards unfair situations? I’ve been grappling with this as I just recently received an email saying the equality act is an attack on America and religious freedom.

The equality act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. In other words, no one can deny me (a trans person) housing, healthcare, jobs, or education based on my gender identity or my sexuality.

I believe it’s very important to educate ourselves on every aspect of these presented laws. Not just from our own political point of view. Look at the people it could hurt if it doesn’t get passed. We’re not asking for special treatment, we’re asking for equality. If a healthcare professional can’t treat everyone equally, they need to pick a different career.

The email I received was very biased but it was shocking to me that it came from a nonprofit that helps people in poorer countries. It didn’t feel appropriate to push a political agenda (and a hateful one at that) onto a religious nonprofit. But my anger reaches nothing but deaf ears. My anger will not reach the celebrity preacher that runs this organization.

So I’m finding a healthier outlet. I’m speaking up about it and I’m not angrily replying to their email thinking their minds will be changed. It’s wrong to push a political agenda onto something that helps people. But what am I going to do? I can’t punish the people they’re helping for the organization’s faults. It creates a terrible situation for the small number of Christians that do support the equality act.

We need to stand together to make sure the Senate knows that we want this bill passed. It will create a safer America for everyone, especially the marginalized. The Equality Act is not taking away from religious freedoms. It’s giving freedom to the least of these.

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