President Biden’s administration is just over one month old, but there are many developments since Inauguration Day of interest and relevance to the family and the issues we as believers at Focus on the Family care deeply about.
Congress is expected to begin debate this week on H.R. 5 – otherwise known as, “The Equality Act.” The legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Don’t be fooled by the title of the bill. It’s not what it sounds like. I’m reminded of what the English writer C.S. Lewis wrote in 1944:
“The demand for equality has two sources; one of them is among the noblest, the other is the basest of human emotions. The noble source is the desire for fair play. But the other source is the hatred of superiority.”
People of faith are not superior to anyone – but God’s truth and love guide and direct our opposition to this awful legislation. If enacted, the bill would seriously undermine religious freedom and our rights of conscience.
How so? If passed it would:
- Sanction abortions and remove pro-life protections
- Introduce sexually explicit content in school curriculum across the nation
- Pressure struggling children toward experimental cross-sex hormones and surgery
- Allow males to overpower girls in athletics
- Allow males to enter girls’ locker rooms and women’s shelters
- Close the doors of faith-based foster and adoption agencies
- Deny parental rights in the name of a sexualized political ideology
- Silence people of faith
My friend and former Focus on the Family board member Dr. Al Mohler recently noted, “This bill would represent the greatest threat to religious liberty in decades. This would be the single greatest threat.”
Please contact your representatives and urge them to oppose H.R. 5.
Another troubling piece of legislation in the offing is H.R. 1, or “The Democracy Reform Bill.” In short, the proposed legislation would federalize state elections and consolidate power in the hands of a select few.
Analysts have reviewed the sweeping proposal and determined that if passed, H.R. 1 would:
- Force states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, online voter registration and no-fault absentee voting.
- Automatically register all individuals as voters when they become eligible.
- Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their voting precinct.
- Prevent election officials from verifying the eligibility of voters.
- Stop states from removing voters from voter rolls due to repeated failures to vote.
- Allow individuals to vote by signing a statement verifying their identity rather than requiring proof of identification (Voter ID).
- Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote as soon as they are released from prison.
- Use taxpayer funds to create a six-to-one match on political contributions up to $200, thereby requiring Americans to fund political candidates they disagree with.
- Allow candidates to take a salary from their campaigns on top of their Congressional salary.
- Require political nonprofits to disclose their donors.
Since the Senate filibuster remains in place and 60 votes will be needed in a body that’s split 50/50, passage of H.R. 1 seems unlikely – at least at this point. But as the old saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed.”
Lastly, I’ve written before about my opposition to Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s selection for Secretary of Health and Human Services. His confirmation hearing is expected to begin this week.
Mr. Becerra is a lawyer with no medical training nor professional health credentials who is zealous in his support of taxpayer-funded abortion and dogged in his animosity toward pro-life stalwarts. He’s been on the record in his support of partial-birth abortion.
While California’s attorney general, Mr. Becerra has specifically targeted investigative journalist David Daleiden, charging him with 15 felonies for his undercover work exposing the alleged criminality of California’s abortion providers.
Our hearts ache over all three of these developments, because they impact families and individuals made in the image of God. They impact innocent pre-born life. They jeopardize the religious freedom our forefathers established and which our ancestors and relatives have fought and died for over the centuries.
Please join me in praying that these two legislative efforts (H.R. 1 & H.R. 5) and the confirmation of Mr. Becerra will not materialize or be successful.
Our Heavenly Father remains sovereign amidst all the swirling chaos, confusion and discord. We work as “unto the Lord” yet can remain confident in the ultimate outcome.
Cat H. says
-I understand your concerns about HR5, but the HR1 part confuses me. What is the connection between voting restrictions and the Gospel? How is automatic voter registration bad, or removing someone’s registration if they don’t vote good?
-Because of the lack accountability for legitimate citizens. In Washington state, anyone can get a drivers license, even non citizens and illegal aliens. Then they can register to vote. It’s very easy. We cannot use our drivers license for flying. Now we can also renew our licenses online it appears indefinitely. Seems like an easy way to keep dead people voting. We also have mail in ballots as the only way to vote. No accountability for legitimate residents any longer to show proof of address. I have several friends who got two ballots in the last election and were honest enough to vote only one. Humans need accountability. Reading Esther this weekend for Purim. The evil spirit of Haman is alive and well. We need to do what God has placed us here “for such a time as this.”
Susan Christensen says
-Agree with those questions. Also once felons released from prison why should they not be allowed to vote? They served their sentence.
Doris Church says
-I oppse these bills wholeheartedly! God help our nation!
Linda Kneeland says
-Amen. God hear our cries!
Ann Pfeifer says
– Thank you for taking a stand on these issues jeopardizing our families, especially our children. May God bless you and protect you in this battle.
– Jesus is coming soon!
-Yep,,, Heard that in 1974. In His time.
Richard L Nitzsche says
– Dear Jim,
I believe your concerns are well founded, but it would be most helpful to those of us who would write our elected representatives to know (and read for ourselves) the language in the respective bills that pertains to each of the concerns/issues you cite above. Is that something you and your staff can do (i.e. publish excerpts from the bills) to help us combat these dangerous outcomes?
-Is there a sample letter we could use in order to word it correctly to send to our representatives?