American Family Association Responds to “So-Called” Equality Act Legislation

AFA: ‘The Truth is Desperately Needed in This Hour to Counteract the Lies of the Radical Left’

March 1, 2021

TUPELO, Miss. — Last week, theDemocratic led House passed The Equality Act—a bill, which passed by a vote of 224-206, that adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories in nondiscrimination law. The measure also strips away key religious liberty provisions and conscience protections specifically set forth in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

A new Gallup poll found that a record 5.6% of Americans—or 18 million people—are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The poll attributed this significant increase to greater social acceptance. Examples include support for same-sex marriage, seeing Pete Buttigieg run as an openly gay presidential candidate and LGBT+ political candidates with historic wins. This poll conducted in 2020 showed a 24% rise from the last poll in 2017, when 4.5% of adults identified as LGBT+. The increase was largely driven by Generation Z adults—aged 18 to 23. Of those Gen. Z adults, 15.9% said they were LGBT+.

“It is no surprise that the so-called Equality Act passed in the House, since that chamber is controlled by secular ‘progressives’ who are in love with the sexual revolution and the destruction that comes with it,” stated Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the American Family Association (AFA, “These sexual and gender radicals are in rebellion against the Creator and thus openly hostile to God’s created order. AFA intends to ask the Senate to stop this lunacy by refusing to pass this legislation, because the Equality Act will be used by the radical left to overthrow religious liberty in America in ways undreamt of by Christians, Jews and Muslims.

“The polling results are to be expected as more and more children are being brainwashed in our public schools to embrace the sexual revolution and its radical take on human sexuality and gender. At every turn, these views are also reinforced by both corporate America and Hollywood. Meanwhile, many church leaders are either afraid to address these matters or ignorant of how to do so. That’s why AFA produced the powerful documentary, In His Image: Delighting in God’s Plan for Gender and Sexuality. The truth is desperately needed in this hour to counteract the lies of the radical left.”

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip, and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission. Find AFA Action Alerts here.

AFA—founded in 1977—has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 160,000 subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.

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