Over the weekend President Obama wrote an op-ed which appeared in the Huffington Post encouraging Congress to pass the ENDA bill. ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. on the surface this sounds like a great bill to support. But like most things out of Washington it is filled with traps for many people. Bills like ENDA can be used to force religious employers to hire people who oppose their religious convictions. For example, a Christian school might be forced to hire a transgender teacher though said teacher’s lifestyle stands in opposition to the school doctrine.
Many lawmakers like to use ENDA as a hammer to bash religious employers over the head with discrimination charges. But it’s not discrimination to require employees to adhere to specific doctrinal positions. In fact, many churches are now writing into their Constitution and By-Laws protections against such laws which state any employees must adhere to specific church doctrines as a requirement for employment. This is not discrimination, it’s called religious freedom. But ENDA will threaten churches and religious organizations with lawsuits for simply desiring to live and do business according to their faith.
News also came out last week in which Sen. Manchin, after assuring us he would never support ENDA, has decided to vote in favor of the bill. Once again proving that he will do anything to advance his career even if it means lying to the people that elected him to office, Manchin has promised to support the bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote. Turning his back on West Virginians in favor of Washington, D.C. applause, Manchin is flip-flopping on his promise to oppose ENDA.
I think it’s time we let Sen. Manchin know what we think about his decision to flip-flop and support such a dangerous bill. You can reach Sen. Manchin at:
Washington D.C. Office: 306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 / (202) 224-3954
West Virginia Office: 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301 / (304) 342-5855 / http://manchin.senate.gov
You can also click here to see a listing to contact information for Sen. Manchin.