This should play well in the fly-over states….

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You knew it was coming.

Is a church a place of public accommodation and if so – are congregations required to follow anti-discrimination laws regarding gender and sexual orientation?

That’s the issue raised by a brochure published by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. They contend that any church that opens its doors to the public would be required to comply with sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

Because ‘tolerance’ now trumps everything, except tolerance of non-progressive values.  Tolerating those is not, in fact, tolerance.  Religious tolerance is nothing more than homophobic, bigoted, insensitive, exclusionary hate.

When directly asked if Iowa Code 216 applied to churches, the response from the Commission was:

“Sometimes.  Iowa law provides that these protections do not apply to religious institutions with respect to any religion-based qualifications when such qualifications are related to bona fide religious purpose. Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions. (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public.”

And remember, a non-elected commissioner will determine what is ‘bona fide’ and what isn’t, and when it applies and when it does not.   “Sometimes” is a purposely vague response.

Much like the IRS, I wonder if this could be used to target conservatives or conservative values?  “Nice little church and congregation you got there.  Hate to see something happen to it….”

And if think this is an isolated case in an isolated place, or some kind of ‘misinterpretation’ of a code, think again.  Because this is the new normal.

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If elected, this kind of legislation will be common place.  Oh, wait.  It already is.

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17 Responses to This should play well in the fly-over states….

  1. RUDE JUDE says:

    What a fugly looking man!

  2. C. L. says:

    Civil rights? I always thought civil rights meant those rights specifically cited in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion is one. Peeing in the wrong bathroom is not.

    The Founders were right. Our Republic cannot survive if a majority of the people lose the guidance of Christian values.

    I wish I had a way to home school my grand kids. Sending them to public school is now worse than sending them to a saloon/brothel.

  3. A.B. Prosper says:

    Do these fools want a civil war? Its looking like it and if I were them I’d seriously reconsider it. They won’t but Leftists in general are incapable of learning anything.

  4. fasttimes says:

    post modernist thinking leading to its logical conclusion. enough is enough.

  5. Frank in Texas says:

    He might have started hormone treatments but if he still has a penis then no one should be calling him “she”. We all know that this transgender thing is a mental health issue but the left will never admit that.

  6. rj says:

    I turn each small town church into an invitation only club, post a elder at the door each service, oh hey you look great Mary Ann, I’d like you to attend today? You are invited to attend..?

    Government reaction…. we’re taking your tax exempt status…. church flack you gov jackboot irs thug… and the horse you rode in on

    • R.D. Walker says:

      That would be absolutely contradictory to the foundational principles of my church. All are welcome.

      I don’t fear this at all. It is a non-issue.

      The biggest problem faced by the universal church is that people are turning their backs on God, the pews stand empty and the fellowship halls silent. We will welcome all and treat all equally. If we suffer an assault by the state, we will suffer it gladly.

      I am not afraid. Bring it on.

      • rj says:

        Male / female restrooms, little girls and Chester the molester dressed in drag… between Sunday school and worship services….. Ida know pervs choose soft targets and gov back up their “right to use restroom of choice”

        I agree pews need filling but at what cost.?

      • Jim22 says:

        RD, you and I do not disagree often but this is one of those times. I think you have a blind spot. I don’t know what caused it nor do I wish to speculate. I will say that you may not think this is an issue but the progressives are demanding that it be one.

        Your church believes that all are welcome. That is admirable. It is old-school Christian thinking. Actually it is relatively old school. There was a time when the Christian church did not think that way. They fought enemies.

        Today’s progressives don’t want your simple church to exist. They want to control it and they will. They will tell you that you must accept gender-neutral toilets. Then you will have to accept atheists and other believers, even if the new people incite violence on Sunday.

        They will file federal charges against your pastor and your church’s elders. The courts will decide against you. Your community will must be broken. In order to rub salt into your congregation’s wounds they will make your church a mosque or a Wiccan meeting house.

        I know you love your small town midwest life. Be warned. It is under relentless attack.

  7. Paul Zenisek says:

    Time to take a BLT into the masque in CR. Probably arrested for a hate crime.

  8. notamobster says:

    This was always going to happen. Persecution of the church has decided the fate of millions of souls for millenia. Some will close the door, but many will be encouraged and saved through the witness provided by those who patiently persevere the persecution.

    On top of that, if they’re pushing for a civil war, we may finally get a chance to fight the bastards.

    Either way, this issue, more than any other, will cause the greatest cultural backlash this country has ever seen.

  9. reboot says:

    Wait till PigInAPantsSuit takes over. More and more I think tRump is gonna dump and run, it just feels right after the decision by the traitor comey this week.

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