(Natural News) The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is pushing new legislation that would amend the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include "sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation." But pro-family organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) warn that the proposed changes could end up criminalizing Christians and other religious people whose convictions stand in opposition to non-traditional expressions of human sexuality.
House Resolution 2282 is simply about "letting Americans live their lives without fear of discrimination," according to the HRC. But those outside of the LGBTQ fold see its implications differently, particularly as they pertain to religious freedom. If passed, HR 2282 would "expressly undermine," to borrow the verbiage of the FRC, the liberty of faith-based folks who would rather not be forced to participate in same-sex "marriages" and other pronouncements of homosexual-bisexual-transgender "pride."
Introduced by U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island), an open homosexual, HR 2282 would prohibit employers with 15 or more employees from "discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, subject to the same exceptions and conditions that currently apply to unlawful employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin," according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). But its tenets go well beyond this.
As pointed out by Life Site News, the bill's far-reaching impact would greatly expand the potential for lawsuits to be filed against private individuals who choose of their own volition to not affirm behaviors that they believe to be immoral before God. This is already happening under state and local "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" laws that LGBTQ activists are taking full advantage of to persecute anyone who disagrees with them.