The Equality Act (H.R. 5 in the House and S.788 in the Senate) will add classes to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Its goal is to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.” What would that mean for Christians and other religions?

Churches could be forced to “hire, serve, and promote homosexuals and individuals confused about their gender, “ Alex Newman, writer for The New American magazine, states what the reality of this act would be:

Christian adoption agencies will be shut down, if they refuse to place children with homosexuals or individuals confused about whether they are men or women. Churches, synagogues, and mosques will no longer be able to uphold marriage between men and women, or any moral standards on sexuality at all. Counselors of faith will be banned from helping people with unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion. ... Indeed, under the measure, everyone will have to affirm the LGBT agenda, or face persecution and destruction at the hands of the federal government. Churches will lose their tax-exempt status if they do not submit. Schools will lose their accreditation if they do not bow down to Caesar. And this is just the start.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has expressed opposition to the Equality Act. H.R 5 was recently passed by the House. Both of Idaho's Representatives voted against it.

Trump has signed the new Trade Deal, the USMCA (literally NAFTA 2.0), which has provisions quite similar to the Equality Act. (Chapter 23). Richard Hass, CFR President,has tweeted, saying, “ USMCA is NAFTA plus TPP plus a few tweaks.”

The USMCA is not just about trade, but is designed to destroy the sovereignty of via economic integration which will lead to political integration. Congress will transfer its authority to foreigners. The purpose is the creation of a new regional government called the North American Union, similar to the European Union. As Britain has learned (through BREXIT), it is easier to get into than it is to get out of. We should stay out and become independent again!

Those who value Religious Freedom should oppose both the Equality Act and the USMCA!

Contact your representatives (202-225-3121), senators (202-224-3121), and President Trump (202-456-1111) by phone and follow up with an email (Take Action at jbs.org).

Robert Strange

Newdale, ID