WND’s Bob Unruh Is Not Happy About Protecting Homosexuals from Job Discrimination

Posted: November 8, 2013 in homosexuality, legal / law, politics
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I have a lot of posts on this site about articles by WND’s Bob Unruh. Probably because he tends to write most of the anti-gay ones. I have a trio of articles for this post, two of them by Bob:

That last one still has me shaking my head. The first was posted November 2, the next November 4, and the last, November 5.

What’s going on is the resurrection of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that has been introduced in some form as far back as 1974. Since 1994, it has been introduced to every Congress except the 109th, which was from 2005 to 2006. It is only now, November 2013, when it has had enough votes in the Senate to actually pass: On November 4, 2013, it passed with 61 for and 30 against, passing the 60 needed to avoid a filibuster and hold an actual vote. Seven Republicans voted for cloture to bring it to an official vote. However, with John Boehner, the leader of the House, fully against it, it is (a) unlikely to even come up for a vote, and (b) even less likely to actually pass.

The purpose of ENDA is that it “would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.” In other words, you can’t discriminate against someone who’s working for you if they’re gay (or bi, or straight, etc.). It’s anti-discrimination.

Of course, religious institutes are all for discrimination, so long as it’s not against them. Which they say this would be. It would mean that churches, or any religious business, would not be able to say, “We believe the Bible says The Gay is bad, so we’re not going to hire you ’cause you’re a man and you have a boyfriend.” Which, “of course” means that they are now being discriminated against because they can’t follow their religion. After all, it is primarily the ultra-religious Christian groups that are opposed to it — that should tell you something right there. However, I’m not entirely sure why someone would want to work for an organization that thinks they are bad people and are morally opposed to who they are, but I suppose a person’s gotta find work, and if a religious-based institution is the only one that’s hiring, well, there ya go.

Anyway, this bill is not going to become law any time soon. It’s true that it’s a major step that it actually is going to get a vote by the full Senate. And Bob can complain all he wants against the Republicans that voted and will vote for it. What is almost certain is that it will pass in some form at some point. Americans are rapidly turning away from his über-conservative ideals.

Bob’s posts, however, have earned him hundreds of positive comments (duh). Numerous ones are logical fallacies, such as the highly rated one by “FOXymary” who provided a great example of the false equivalency fallacy: “Why is it when Christianity is offensive to a few athiests it is banned in public and schools. But, if homosexuality is offensive to hundreds of thousands of Christians, it is mandated that everyone embrace it?”

Others are touting this as the downfall of America because it’s like some stuff in the Bible (supposedly). For example, we have “Bwhhaaa hhaaa hhaaaa” who wrote, “Just in case some of you out there needed even more proof that America is on it’s last legs and being deliberately destroyed, well here ya go…..Everywhere you look, perversion is now mainstream, celebrated and in this case, about to be given additional legal protection.”

We also have another logical fallacy, the reductio ad absurdum fallacy, where you reduce the argument to something absurd, taking it well beyond anything it was intended. “gardeninggal1” has a nice example of that, also illustrating the allusions to pedophilia that often accompanies WND commenters’ posting about homosexuality: “Follow this through to its inevitable conclusion, the Democrats want to make any sexual perversion legal. That will include pedophiles and rapists also since that is their orientation. Schools would then have to hire pedophiles. Any pervert would then by law have to be employed at any business that would allow them unlimited access to their victims. Come on folks even the most dense of Democratic voters must realize that the party they support is turning this nation into a cesspool of filth and perversion. In 2014 we need to take this country back.”

Alright, my stomach’s turned a bit too much on this one. I’m greatly looking forward to the day when these ultra-conservative people are so marginalized that everyone sees them for what they truly are.

Edited to Add (November 8, 2013): After ENDA passed (sorry, I wrote this post two days before it actually went up), WND put up a link to a Washington Post article entitled, “Senate Approves ENDA ‘Gay’-Rights Bill.” One of the more humorous top-rated comments is by “ocean” who wrote: “The Democrat Party and rich liberal elites are using homosexuals as pawns to destroy and outlaw Christianity. Liberals want a country without a Moral Compass. Homosexual marriage is a Marxist and Pagan abomination. Welcome to Totalitarianism.”

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