Posted by scorpiomind
Congress must pass a National Defense Authorization Act which funds the military. However, an anti-LGBT Amendment has been wrongfully attached to that bill which grants a religious exception to federal contractors that would allow them to discriminate against LGBT workers even though they are receiving federal funds. In effect, if passed, this bill would override President Obama’s 2014 executive order which protects LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Here’s the link to the full story: https://thinkprogress.org/ndaa-lgbt-mccain-c71d44ccc62b#.cgw5bda9t
This is so wrong on so many levels.
First, the funds provided to federal contractors come from tax revenues which are collected from ALL working Americans – straight, gay, every color, every religion. As long as you are working and paying taxes, your money is what is being used for federal expenditures including contracts AND the salaries paid to Congressional members. Therefore, no federal expenditure bill should allow for discrimination against any American citizen.
Second, there are approximately 30% of Americans who do not consider themselves as followers of the Christian faith. The largest segment of this non-Christian group consider themselves either atheist (who don’t believe in God or gods) or agnostic (neutral, don’t care or undecided). Therefore it is wrong for federal legislation to be advancing the cause of one particular religious group. In fact, it is wrong for any legislation that uses public funds to be advancing the cause of a specific religious group.
Third, the differences and disagreements arising out of religious beliefs have no place in politics. Religion is an individual choice guaranteed by the Constitution and not one of those things that can or should be decided through a vote where the majority rules. This is why I fail to understand the pro-choice/pro-life fight that has been going on for decades. If you are pro-life, then you are free to live your life in accordance with your own beliefs and you will never consider having an abortion. But it does not make sense to deny that choice to someone who doesn’t believe as you do. That, to me, is religious oppression. The same reasoning follows with this anti-gay movement. I don’t understand it. Even if you believe that being gay is a choice (which it is not), then choose not to be gay. Period. But you have no right to dictate the choice that other people make with respect to the most private part of their lives as long as they are not harming anyone. The anti-gay forces know this, which is why some of them have argued that gays “recruit” heterosexuals to turn them gay – a stupid argument fueled by fear and unsupported by facts.
Finally, I am so disgusted with this practice that often occurs in Congress – the attachment of a special interest amendment to an important bill that needs to be passed. This is tantamount to extortion and should not be allowed, not only because it’s wrong but because this is why it takes Congress so long to get anything done. I agree with Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). “This kind of discriminatory language is inappropriate anywhere, but it’s especially wrong to put unrelated anti-LGBT language in a national security bill. … Why we’d keep in a provision like that when we’re trying to pass the NDAA is beyond me.”
Now let’s see if John McCain does the right thing.