This is what it feels like to marginalized on an institutional scale:
The San Antonio City Council is doing some housecleaning to combine all of its anti-discrimination rules and ordinances into one. The consolidated ordinance states a desire to adopt a “comprehensive and expanded non-discrimination policy with revisions to outdated terminology.”
According to Pastor Charles Flowers of Faith Outreach International, the city leaders want to add two categories to the policy: sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The ordinance also says that if you have at any point demonstrated a bias – without defining what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised – that you cannot get a city contract,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Neither can any of your subcontractors [who have demonstrated a bias] sign on to the contract.”
Moreover, according to a draft of the revised policy, no one who has spoken out against homosexuality or the transgender lifestyle can run for city council or be appointed to a board. Flowers says the Arizona-based legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom has taken a look at the ordinance.
“They said they’ve never seen this kind of language in any other ordinance in any other city that they’ve dealt with,” the pastor shares. “It is unprecedentedly wrong – and of course the citizens of San Antonio must stop it.”
There have been lengthy discussions on this very topic. I’d say we’ve beaten this dead horse, resurrected it, and beat it to death again. That in mind, it has been posited that discriminating against the religious convictions of Christians will not stand. I would contend that, whether it stands or not, matters not. The institutional, across-the-spectrum, discrimination will be allowed to continue. It will expand in it’s breadth. The federal government will not protect the rights of Christians to disagree. It will embolden those who seek to silence the opposition and further enervate a tightly over-wound populace until the whole damned thing explodes.