The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday concerns the Equality Act, which presidential candidate said would a legislative priority for him. The House of Representatives passed the bill last year, but the Senate has not yet acted upon it and for good reason. According to Andrea Jones, the Equality Act seeks to “add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories under the Civil Rights Act.”
Most Americans do not want this bill
to become law because it would negatively impact several areas of their lives,
such as “medicine, education, sports, and parental rights.” She outlined four
ways that it will affect the rising generation.
1. Curriculum: The bill could
lead to federal courts or future presidential administrations imposing a
nationwide mandate to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity into
the curriculum in all public schools….
2. Schools: The Equality Act
would also affect children at school. First, it would mandate that schools
across the country allow students who identify as transgender to access the
opposite sex’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. It would also require them
to allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams, where they have a
clear physical advantage….
3. Medicine: The Equality Act
would require medical professionals to perform irreversible gender-transition
procedures on minors, regardless of conscientious objection or best medical judgment….
4. Adoption, foster care, and parental
the Equality Act would significantly affect the child welfare system.
Faith-based adoption and foster care
providers would risk losing federal funds if they decline to place children
with same-sex couples. This in turn could lead to these providers being forced
to close, displacing thousands of children and further straining an already
Prospective foster parents could also be
required to affirm a foster child’s stated gender identity and barred from any
efforts to help a child with gender dysphoria accept his or her body.
Anyone who opposes the bill will be
labeled a bigot. Polls show that 66 percent of Americans oppose such
curriculum, 60 percent oppose the bill’s provisions on medical issues, and 43
percent oppose the requirement to use preferred transgender names and pronouns.
The bottom line is that our children
and teenagers are tomorrow’s leaders. We cannot allow people who cannot accept
their own bodies to determine what our children will be taught, or to force our
children into uncomfortable situations. This bill should be rejected for the
safety and welfare of the rising generation.