The Campaign for Human Rights, a large influential group LGBTQ advocacy group– recently issued a policy brief with recommendations for a Biden administration, and the suggestions are alarming.
The organization “Blueprint for positive change 2020” describes itself as “a comprehensive list of 85 individual policy recommendations aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQ people.”
But the Human Rights Campaign fails to mention how these suggestions for former Vice President Joe Biden, if implemented, would infringe the rights of believers, conservatives, and Americans in general, all under the guise of helping a community they claim is still marginalized.
One of the most alarming suggestions in the organization’s proposal concerns the accreditation of religious schools and universities, stating:
Language regarding the accreditation of religious institutions of higher education in the Higher Education Opportunities Act could be interpreted as requiring accreditation bodies to accredit religious institutions that discriminate or do not meet the standards of the programs of higher education. scientific studies.
The Ministry of Education is expected to issue a regulation specifying that this provision, which obliges accreditation agencies to “respect the stated mission” of religious institutions, does not require accreditation of religious institutions that do not meet standards. Neutral accreditation, including non-discrimination policies and science curriculum requirements. .
According to the sound, the Human Rights Campaign is essentially calling for faith-based education – from preschools to colleges and universities – to adopt the campaign’s positions on gender identity, same-sex marriage, transgender transition, and more. , or not be accredited.
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says it is clear that faith-based educational institutions must “be coerced into the sexual revolution or deprived of their accreditation.”
The master plan calls it “science-based programs,” but we’ve seen this movie before: what left activists call science, conservatives call biology distortion. It’s just a way for activists to claim the credibility of identity politics.
It appears that the Human Rights Campaign is co-opting this moment – with a liberal presumably becoming president – essentially to push faith-based educational institutions out of the market by forcing them to either give up their beliefs or lose their ability to ” compete ”legally. “
Mohler again aptly sums it up on his website: “It would mean abandoning biblical standards for teaching, hiring, admissions, housing and student life. This would mean that Christian schools are no longer Christian.
Hopefully, if a Biden administration even attempted to follow this policy suggestion, enough faith-based institutions would retaliate and it would fail.
Still, the effort would be costly, and the attempt to force religious schools out of the market should never take place, given the authoritative protections of the First Amendment.
The Human Rights Campaign blueprint makes other equally frustrating suggestions because, like the one on accreditation, they stem from a worldview that not only favors identity politics over ideology or beliefs, but acts as if their LGBTQ beliefs should trump those of others.
The politics of this country should reflect the fundamental American values of equality and liberty, and not the rights of certain groups.
The plan suggests that a Biden administration “openly appoints judges, judges, executive officials and LGBTQ ambassadors.” For starters, some judges and executives are already openly LGBTQ.
The proposal also overturns the movement’s supposed purpose of accepting people for who they are – regardless of creed, sex, gender, race, creed or sexual orientation – by giving the preference to people specifically because of their sexual orientation.
The plan also suggests that Biden create “an interagency task force to protect and support LGBTQ rights around the world.” Sounds good, but there is only one problem: It is already illegal to discriminate in the United States based on a person’s sexual orientation, so there is no need to eliminate this group. and grant it special protections.
These policy suggestions are ignorant, short-sighted, and plainly wrong. By suggesting that LGBTQ people need extra care, they are undermining cases like Bostock v. Clayton County who already made discrimination on the basis of gender identity illegal.
By suggesting that LGBTQ rights need to be further protected, the plan perpetuates the myth that in the freest country in the world, with more gender parity than almost anywhere else, LGBTQ people remain marginalized and disenfranchised. There is little evidence to show that this is the case.
The Human Rights Campaign has enormous influence. It is one thing to defend equality in a giant political document. But it’s another to use this brief as a pretext to push religious bigotry, for example by suggesting that denominational schools lose their accreditation if they don’t conform to the latest LGBTQ orthodoxy.
The Human Rights Campaign’s “Blueprint for Positive Change” does no service to members of its community by making them believe that it is legal to discriminate against them and by suggesting that everything will be fine when they receive the right, not only equality.
Few groups have pushed – and received – more recognition for equality, and then some, than the LGBTQ community. To suggest otherwise is spurious and blatant identity politics.