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The conservative Family Research Council has sent a letter to supporters claiming that President Obama wants to pass a law that would “impose homosexuality and silence Christianity in workplaces.” The law in question is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

First of all, Family Research Council, “impose homosexuality”? You make it sound like the President is planning to force people to be gay.  Secondly, the law doesn’t force employers to hire gay people. It just means you can’t fire or choose not to hire someone solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. If they’re not qualified, by all means, don’t hire them. The law already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, etc.  You haven’t been forced to hire anyone on the basis of those characteristics recently, have you?  And religious organizations are exempt, so your religious organization is free to continue its bigotry if it wishes to do so.

As for silencing Christianity…ummm…reading…that’s not even in there.  Whether public displays of faith are allowed in the workplace probably depends on where you live and work. Some employers have no problem with it; others might. An Oregon state law going into effect January 1, 2010 says that employers must allow employees to wear religious items at work, except for teachers in public schools (effectively barring some religious groups from teaching in public schools, but that’s another story).

In any case, the Christianity espoused by the Family Research Council does not represent me.  In fact, I think I’m perfectly capable of living out my Christianity in the workplace without being obnoxious about it.  And I’m thinking the Jesus I know would have no problem working side by side with gay people.

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