Southern Evangelical Seminary’sDr. Richard Land: ‘This Bill Is a Dagger Aimed at the Heart of Religious Freedom in America as Enshrined in the First Amendment’
March 1, 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C.— In late February, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the Equality Act, which poses extreme danger to religious liberty and conscience rights that would, in effect, eradicate all legal distinctions between male and female in public life. The bill, The Equality Act, passed by a vote of 224-206.
The bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in nondiscrimination law. The measure also removes crucial religious liberty terms and conscience protections specifically set forth in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“The so-called ‘Equality Act’ is a dagger aimed at the heart of religious freedom in America as enshrined in the First Amendment,” said Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu). “This abomination of a bill, if passed by Congress, would include any establishment that provides a service, including churches and religious non-profit charitable and educational institutions. The bill expressly rescinds the protections afforded by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Who could have ever thought Rep. Nadler (D-NY), of all people, would put his finger on the root cause of the Congress’s dangerous and destructive action? On the floor of the House, during debate on the bill, Nadler declared, ‘What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.’ That says it all.”
Reinforcing Dr. Land’s sentiments is Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Dr. Richard G. Howe, who is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, “Everyone resonates with the Civil Rights Act and its validity because it was borne out of a sound understanding of human nature and natural law. That doesn’t parallel what is going on with the gender issues. The sound reason that leads us to know that human beings are all equal with each other isn’t the same kind of reasoning that could make someone think that we’re indifferent to the gender distinctions, that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman in terms of which sport you participate in, or whom you marry.
“For the federal government to just imperialize over that is incendiary. It is trying to — by fiat – over-turn thousands of years of tradition by trying to codify this into law when there is such a diversity of opinion about it. This is a powder keg.”
SES offers the 15 hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE).The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding M.A.R.). SES believes that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs, and to do so with truth and power, its students need training in the ethical, political, and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.
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