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Equality Act Heads to U.S. House for Floor Vote

Nancy Pelosi’s misnamed Equality Act (H.R. 5) heads to the U.S. House floor for a vote, probably on May 17. With 240 co-sponsors, the bill has a lot of support.

The bill purports to eliminate “discrimination” against those who identify as within the LGBT category of human beings by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently protects immutable characteristics—race, biological sex, color, and national origin, and religion consistent with the First Amendment.

However, there would be no religious objection exemption for these two new categories. This means that religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. Beyond that, if the Equality Act passes, we will likely see men who self-identify as women being allowed to unfairly compete with women in team sports and use the same locker room and bathroom facilities as females, regardless of any invasion of privacy or safety concerns. And, of course, sex education curriculum in our public schools would change to completely normalize perverse sexual practices across all states in the nation.

“Codifying LGBT ideology into a civil right would take away fundamental freedoms from those who don’t conform. That’s not equality; it’s injustice,” said Emilie Kao of the Washington Examiner.

If you are concerned about this bill, our friends at Family Policy Alliance suggest you contact your member of Congress.

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Washington School District Teachers Asked to Bless Muslim Students

District Supt. Judy Martinson of the Dieringer School District in Lake Tapps, Wash., decided to implement guidelines, which were essentially written by Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a terror-linked group, on how to bless Muslim students in Arabic during Ramadan.

The Freedom of Conscience Legal Defense Fund (FCDF), a religious liberty advocacy group, sent a letter to Martinson reminding her that implementing these guidelines is unconstitutional because it endorses Islam to the exclusion of other religions and threatening a lawsuit if the district doesn’t revoke the so-called “Ramadan Policy.”

Daniel Piedra, executive director of FCDF, said, “A school district would never order teachers to ‘welcome’ Catholic students during Easter with ‘He is risen, alleluia!’ Singling out Muslim students for special treatment is blatantly unconstitutional.”

Ramadan, which celebrates the Muslim God Allah, began on Sunday evening, May 5 and ends Tuesday, June 4.

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California’s LGBT-Laced Sex Education Curriculum Sparks Debate

The California Department of Education approved a sex education curriculum for K-12 that further supports the LGBT sexual agenda.

In an official statement, California’s DOE tried to justify the program on moral grounds by suggesting that it is about “dispelling myths, breaking down stereotypes, and linking students to resources [that] can help prevent bullying, self-harm, feelings of hopelessness, and serious considerations of suicide.”

In reality, however, the curriculum teaches that even kindergarten-age children can identify as transgender, that masturbation is normal for middle-schoolers, and that the biological male-female sex binary should be challenged. Plus, students are not allowed to opt-out of any lessons that explain “gender identity” or cover discrimination against LGBT people.

Fortunately, there has been pushback. In Sacramento, during a public hearing on the curriculum, 200 protesters rallied outside. Patricia Reyes, mother of six, said, “It’s just scary what they are going to be teaching. It’s pornography. If this continues, I’m not sending them to school.” Opposition from parents and several organizations led to the removal of five books, one of which was recommended for transitional kindergarten through third-grade students that showed cartoon illustrations of male and female body parts and described the sex act. Another book for high schoolers on the original list described anal sex and bondage.

In the 12,000-student Rocklin School District, parents protested the sex education component that would incorporate the achievements of LGBT-identifying individuals by keeping some 700 students home from school.

“Not everything under the sun needs to be taught to our kids, with no moral judgment,” said Greg Burt, director of the California Family Council.

The final decision on curriculum choices lies with local school districts.

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Soros-Backed Poynter Institute Tries to Censor Conservatives

At the end of April, the journalism institute that trains reporters and writers, the Poynter Institute, published a list of 515 “unreliable” websites including some 29 conservative news outlets like Breitbart, The Daily Signal, Judicial Watch, LifeSiteNews, Red State, The Blaze, and the Washington Examiner. The report was compiled by Barrett Golding, who, not surprisingly, works for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Due to backlash from angry readers and the news organizations who felt like they didn’t belong on the list, the institute pulled the list off its website on May 2, apologized, and promised to revise the criteria for censorship with more rigorous methodology. Said Poynter Managing Editor Barbara Allen, “We regret that we failed to ensure that the data was rigorous before publication, and apologize for the confusion and agitation caused by its publication. We pledge to continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards.”

The apology is simply not good enough for The Daily Signal according to its Editor-in-Chief Katrina Trinko. “If you don’t like The Daily Signal because you don’t believe in free speech or you think conservatives should be silent or you just don’t want certain stories told or it makes you upset that we call unborn babies ‘babies’ instead of ‘fetuses,’ fine. It’s a free country. But to smear us as engaging in dishonest journalism is well … dishonest journalism. And that’s what just happened,” Trinko said.

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Georgia Governor Signs ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Under Threat of Boycott

Despite impending court challenges from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, and boycotts from the Writers Guild of America and actress Alyssa Milano, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Peach State’s “heartbeat” bill on Tuesday.

Other than in cases of rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed “medically futile,” the bill, which takes effect January 1, 2020, would prevent any abortions when a heartbeat is detected, generally around six weeks. The state currently allows abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me,” said Gov. Kemp. “We cannot change our values of who we are for money. And we’re not going to do that. That’s what makes our state great.”

This is saying a lot considering Georgia is a major hub for the film industry. In the last fiscal year, the state was home to 455 productions, generating $9.5 billion in economic impact and $2.7 billion in direct spending.

But in the end, for the Georgia governor, it isn’t about economics. It’s about declaring Georgia a “state that values life” and “stand[s] up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.”

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