Dispatches from the Creation Wars

More ENDA Nonsense

From the Worldnutdaily, of course, and from a black writer, Mychal Massie. He begins with dark and dramatic overtones:

That creeping darkness is the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, H.R. 2015. If the proposed measure becomes law, it will add “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” as a category to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It would give special employment rights to homosexuals and the transgendered that would not only harm the integrity of faith-based organizations, but it would specifically undermine an employer’s ability to grow his/her business in a productive and profitable way.

There’s that phrase again – “special” rights. And yet again, it’s thrown around by someone who demands those same rights for himself on multiple grounds. Massie is protected against discrimination on the basis of his race and on the basis of his religion, but demands that others be fired solely for being gay. When blacks and Christians are protected against discrimination, that’s justified; when gays are protected against discrimination, that’s “special employment rights.”

As for the claim that not discriminating against gays would “undermine an employer’s ability to grow his/her business in a productive and profitable way”, that’s utter nonsense. Does Massie think that the hundreds and hundreds of major corporations that already have non-discrimination policies in place are just too stupid to know what’s good for their business?

The bottom line is this: good employees are difficult enough to find. If you start ruling them out on the basis of irrelevant personal characteristics – whether on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation – you’re being stupid and hurting your ability to compete. Virtually every business in the country has come to understand that very quickly over the last few years; only bigots seem to be oblivious to it.

Civil rights and homosexual rights are not synonymous. Civil rights focus on the right to vote, the guaranteed access to public accommodations, and the desegregation of public facilities and schools. They have never been, nor should they ever be, about attempting to have the federal government mandate acceptance of a particular lifestyle.

More empty rhetoric. Anti-discrimination laws have nothing to do with mandatory acceptance of anything. The Civil Rights Act does not force anyone to like black people or approve of them, it only forbids people from discriminating against them. Whether they like or accept them is irrelevant. I don’t have to accept Christianity or Islam, but I cannot discriminate against a Christian or a Muslim when making a hiring decision. This is a pure red herring.

Homosexuals and cross-dressers may in fact be a lot of things, but an oppressed minority they are not. And I, for one, resent their temerity in suggesting that a rejection of their chosen lifestyle is in any way equivalent to what truly oppressed peoples in this country went through for the right to vote, sit at a lunch counter and/or stay in the hotel of their choice.

Which would sound a lot more convincing if you weren’t pushing for a right to prevent someone from sitting at a lunch counter or staying at a hotel – or holding a job, for that matter. Like it or not, there is a long history of discrimination against gays, not only in employment but in housing and many other areas as well.

There is no history of discrimination against Christians at all, yet they’re covered by the same law. Why isn’t Massie demanding that religion be removed as a category in the Civil Rights Act and resenting the temerity of Christians in thinking that they should have the same protections that blacks went through? Oh yeah. Because he’s a Christian.

Homosexuals are not immutable – there is a difference between refusing to change one’s behavior and being unable to change the color of one’s skin.

First of all, there is growing and compelling evidence that this is false, but you’ll never get Massie to admit it. Second of all, religion is far more mutable than sexual orientation. No one ever tries to argue that the existence of ex-Christians (like me) proves that religion is a mutable trait and therefore we should be able to fire Christian employees. Yet that is the precise argument they use on gays.

They are no more economically deprived than others, and they certainly do not have a history of political and historical powerlessness.

No history of political powerlessness? For crying out loud, we still had laws that threw gays in jail in this country until four freaking years ago. And when the Supreme Court got rid of those laws, there was a huge outcry from the Mychal Massies of the world throwing a fit about such laws being overturned. No history of political powerlessness? Did he type that with a straight face?

Ergo, sexual orientation is not a civil right.

And yet, every single argument Massie makes applies much more strongly to religion as a category in anti-discrimination laws and he’s not complaining about those. Ergo, Massie is a hypocrite and an ignoramus.