US House Passes Dangerous In-Equality Act
As you know, on Friday the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5 on a vote of 236 to 173. Every Democrat supported the bill that would punish people of faith who do not bow to the politics of the LGBT movement. Eight Republican members voted for this legislation, including Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks.
Among other things, H.R. 5 would undermine many legal precedents and exclusions including the Hobby Lobby decision that protected businesses from having to pay for abortion in their health care plans. H.R. 5 would also force businesses to pay for gender reassignment services in health care plans. It would also impact Christian school and college employment policies regarding human sexuality. It would implement affirmative action policies for those who identify as homosexual or transgender. H.R. 5 would also turn many school sports programs upside down by allowing biological males to compete in women’s sporting events and to use their locker rooms and showers.
The bill was so extreme and punitive that even some supporters of the LGBT movement opposed the bill. University of Virginia law professor, Douglas Laycock, a supporter of same-sex marriage, told National Review that H.R. 5 would “crush” conscientious objectors. He explained its sinister nature in this way:
“It goes very far to stamp out religious exemptions. . . It regulates religious non-profits, and then it says that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not apply to any claim under the Equality Act. This would be the first time Congress has limited the reach of RFRA. This is not a good faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side.”
Not a single Democrat anywhere in the US House stood up for religious freedom in this vote. Indiana Congressman Peter Visclosky, a co-sponsor of the legislation, told those who called his office that he supported H.R. 5 because he “is strongly opposed to all forms of discrimination.” Of course, that is a total lie since H.R. 5 blatantly discriminates against millions of people of faith and any ministries, charities, non-profits or businesses run by them.
This confirms a new poll from George Barna on religious freedom which finds deep animosity toward faith, particularly toward Christians, among liberals. When asked about 20 different religious terms liberals had the most visceral negative reaction to the term “Christianity” and the one of the most positive reactions to the term “humanist.” Only 38% view the term Christian positively, compared to 77% of those identifying as conservative. That was the largest gap (39 points) among the differing worldviews in the “terms perceived as positive by respondent’s ideology” segment of the poll.
Hopefully the Senate leadership will reject even considering H.R. 5 as a viable bill. President Trump has expressed his opposition to the bill, but we will need to be ready to contact Indiana Senators Young and Braun about this legislation.
An Underreported Story of Racial Stereotypes
Some recent Census Bureau data may surprise some who have a certain view of African-American males that is often upheld in the media and pop culture. Today, more than one-in-two black males in America (57%) have made it into the middle class or higher as adults. This is up from just 38% in 1960. The share of black men who are poor has fallen from 41% in 1960 to 18% today.
While economic employment is a key to this success, there are other factors that are often overlooked. Marriage is one of those keys. Seventy percent of married black men are in the middle class, compared to only 20% of never-married black men. Church is another factor. Black men who frequently attended church services at a young age are more likely to reach the middle class or higher when they are in their fifties: 53% of those men who attended church as young men made it to that level, compared to 43% who did not. Military service has a positive impact too. Black men who served in the military are more likely to be in the middle class when they reach mid-life (54% vs. 45%) than those who did not serve.
As for the criminal justice system and black males, only 28% of black men who had contact with the criminal justice system when they were young have moved into the middle or upper class, whereas 52% of black men who had no contact with the criminal justice system at a younger age were in the middle class or higher.
In short, a very significant portion of black men in America are realizing the American Dream, most are not in poverty. As with all demographic groups, marriage and faith are positive components.
Divorce Hurts . . . Men Too
Many years ago, I wrote an extensive report on the subject of divorce titled “Shattered Dreams.” I can remember after it’s release spending several hours with a radio show host named Mike Pence discussing the research included in the nearly 40-page booklet.
Even in the 1990s there was a mountain of research on the societal costs of divorce and the impact of no-fault laws. The impact upon women, men and children has been well documented over the last forty years. Divorce often leads to negative economic harms for women and educational harms for children. We have all heard many of those studies and statistics.
A study from Binghampton University in New York looks at an often overlooked negative outcome for men. The study finds that while many women get hurt and recover, many men get hurt in a divorce and never recover. The study finds that while women may hurt more emotionally at the time of the breakup, men tend to regret divorce more than women do, and they take much longer to recover. Some never fully recover, they simply move on.
Most divorces are filed by women. It is likely that women are more divorce minded and farther down the emotional road than the man who may be surprised by the disruption or the sudden reality of the dissolution of the marriage.
One theory is that divorce is a bigger blow to a man’s ego of which his relationship status plays a part as the relationship initiator, breadwinner, etc. Another theory is that women tend to have a larger emotional support group than their husband and thus they may bounce back faster or better because of this.
Obviously, this study involving 5,705 participants in 96 countries is a general finding. Many people, male or female, recover from divorce. Yet, it is hard to argue that in most cases, particularly when there is no physical violence involved, easy divorce has been a good thing for society.
In Their Own Words:
“Turning a blind eye to evil, however, doesn’t make it disappear. It allows it to grow. And those who allow evil to grow in order to protect their own convenience will be held accountable for the end results of the evil they facilitate.” — Ben Shapiro