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Equality has always been important. In 1776, the Declaration affirmed all men are created equal with unalienable rights. In 1868, the 14th amendment provided for equal protection under the law, and in 1964, equality of employment opportunity was established by the Civil Rights Act. Equality has meant a great deal to Americans both then and now. But should all inequality be likened to injustice?
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A society equal in every way is one in which homogeneity and blandness overtake distinctiveness and diversity. Unfortunately, the Equality Act recently passed the US House and threatens to move America toward that very end: state-coerced uniformity.
Do I hate equality? No. I’ve been fighting for equality in my own way for the last 20 years, running a Gospel Rescue mission that helps the poor find self-worth and then climb the income ladder. I’m not alone. Nearly 300 missions like mine together provide 50 million meals, 25 million nights of shelter and housing, distribute 30 million pieces of clothing and graduate more than 20,000 homeless men and women from addiction recovery programs into productive living every year in America.
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We are Citygate Network, an association of gospel ministries led by men and women who are the compassionate, committed, non-compromising Daniels of our day but if the Equality Act becomes law it will push them toward compromise. How? The bill adds LGBTQ to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and would require Christian ministry leaders to overlook sexual orientation and gender identity when hiring.
As a leader of a religious organization who works hard to inculcate our core Christian values, the freedom to hire people and onboard volunteers who align directly with those values is vital for preserving our distinct organizational culture. It is the free exercise of my religion and our Founding Fathers thought it important...
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