Interview from National Review: “Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia, has been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage. What’s made him unusual is that in recent years he’s been trying to make the case to liberals that ‘same-sex marriage and religious liberty can co-exist.’ In 2017 he co-authored an article at Vox with another law professor to argue that Jack Phillips, the Evangelical Christian baker in Colorado at the center of the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case, should be allowed to follow his conscience to not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
“Laycock has also been a longtime supporter of enacting a federal gay-rights non-discrimination law, but he doesn’t support the Equality Act, a bill just approved by the House of Representatives that would add ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, because it would ‘crush’ conscientious objectors. ‘It goes very far to stamp out religious exemptions,’ Laycock tells National Review in an email. ‘It regulates religious non-profits. And then it says that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] does not apply to any claim under the Equality Act. This would be the first time Congress has limited the reach of RFRA. This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.”
“Laycock says that religious schools would probably be viewed as ‘public accommodations’ under the Equality Act even if they refuse all federal funding. They could argue that they are covered under the existing exemption of the Civil Rights Act (section 702), but he observes that they haven’t done well with that argument lately in the lower courts. There have not been that many cases, and the Supreme Court has not spoken; it might be more sympathetic. Schools would still have the ministerial exception, which is constitutional and beyond Congress’s power to repeal.” Nothing is beyond THIS Congress’s power to repeal or impose, except for opposition.
While I don’t think this asinine tyrannical power grab has any chance of becoming law this time, with Donald Trump as President and a Republican majority in the senate, what about next time, since the democrat ass kissers and their fascist queer allies never give up their insatiable lust for the power to impose their warped will on the rest of us. I pose this question: What if Congress and the President passed a law that was so anti liberty, anti American and draconian that most organizations that were subject to it refused to comply, local courts refused to enforce it and police refused to arrest anyone refusing to obey it? Remember, Hillary’s “popular majority” was about equal to the combined population of New York and Los Angeles metro areas, less the number of votes Donald Trump got in those same districts, which was almost none. This misnamed equality act is a proxy for the values of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC to dictate what values the majority of the country will be allowed to express. STOP FOOLING YOURSELVES, THE LGBTQ AGENDA IS NOW ABOUT SILENCING CRITICS, SINCE THEY ACTUALLY HAVE MORE LEGAL RIGHTS THAN ORDINARY CITIZENS.
Do you think I’m overstating? In case you did not follow the link to Vox, here is a snippet: “Many bakers may feel that their responsibility ends when they deliver the cake. But Phillips feels morally responsible for what he creates and helps to celebrate. The result is that Phillips no longer makes wedding cakes for anybody. He has surrendered 40 percent of his business and laid off half his employees. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, this is a permanent loss of occupation. His alternative was to permanently surrender his conscience. And to what end? To avoid the one-time offense to the same-sex couple of being turned away and being reminded of what they knew anyway: that some Americans still disapprove of their relationship. Their right to be married and to have a wedding cake were never at issue. Many bakers were eager for their business, and when the story broke, the couple promptly accepted an offer of a free wedding cake.“