This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
The Chuck Schumer-run U.S. Senate on Wednesday turned “hostile” to Americans’ Christian beliefs, and even 12 Republicans joined with the leftists in the Democrat Party to advance a bill that undermines the First Amendment.
That’s according to General Counsel Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has fought – and won – multiple major religious rights cases in the Supreme Court.
The vote was 62-37 on the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, but what the bill actually does is put into federal law the LGBT agenda that already has been used for years to attack Christians, Christian organizations, and Christian beliefs.
The Republicans who joined the leftists in the Democrat party included: Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Todd Young of Indiana.
Waggoner explained the “deceptively named” bill “does far more than enshrine same-sex marriage into federal law by intentionally jeopardizing the religious freedom of millions of Americans who have sincerely held beliefs about marriage.”
“Today, the Senate chose to fuel hostility toward Americans who hold beliefs about marriage rooted in honorable religious or philosophical premises. This bill, which provides no protection or benefits that same-sex couples don’t already share, deceptively gives lip service to religious liberty while undermining the First Amendment freedoms that belong to each of us,” she said.
“Right now, government officials across the country—including the Biden administration—argue in court that individuals and religious organizations who love and work with people from all walks of life should face civil and criminal penalties if they don’t abandon their beliefs on this issue. It is shameful that 62 senators chose to ignore the Constitution and sanction discrimination toward these Americans. Make no mistake, this bill will be used by officials and activists to punish and ruin those who do not share the government’s view on marriage.”
She included a warning, too.
“But it will not end there. When we undermine the First Amendment rights of our neighbors, we harm ourselves. ADF remains committed to ensuring the First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans and to defending those who face the predatory lawsuits that will result from today’s vote.”
Schumer claimed to undermine the Christian faith, as the bill does, “will make our country a better, fairer place to live.”
The scheme destroys the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act and provides special protections for same-sex ideologies.
The Democrats’ plan also still includes a formalized discrimination against polygamy and the party claims its amendments will protect “nonprofit religious organizations” from being punished for their beliefs.
However, Christians operating their own businesses soon would be in the bull’s eye for any leftist who wanted to file a case.
Joe Biden repeatedly has lobbied for the anti-Christian move.