It's truly amazing how far LGBTQ rights have advanced over the years in America, from innocent gay men being arrested in bars to legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. Many people would find that that is a good thing, but for some, the thought of LGBTQ having equal rights is simply preposterous. This is true for a group of pastors in Texas who, according to LGBTQ Nation, are suing the city of Austin and its mayor, Steve Adler, as well as the chair of Austin Human Rights Commission Sareta Davis in an attempt to overturn the city's existing employment anti-discrimination ordinance. The reason? The pastors believe that they're being discriminated against because the ordinance doesn't have exemptions for people whose religious beliefs clash with the mere existence of LGBTQ people.
David Welch, the head of the US Pastor Council is especially upset about having to follow Austin's ordinances, saying that "…these member churches rely on the Bible rather than modern-day cultural fads for religious and moral guidance, they will not hire practicing homosexuals or transgendered people as clergy.”
Ignoring the fact that the current advancement of LGBTQ rights is not a "modern-day cultural fad," his reasoning for wanting to legally discriminate against LGBTQ people is tenuous at best, as nowhere in the Bible does it say "Thou shall not hire those icky gays!" What we have here is good, old fashioned homophobia hiding behind the veil of religion. Additionally, federal law already allows churches to follow their religion in decision making, as LGBTQ Nation says, Catholic churches can't be forced to ordain ministers.
But Welch and his pastor friends have a bone to pick with the existing anti-discrimination laws, saying in a letter to the Austin Human Rights Commission “It is inexcusable that you would purport to subject a church’s hiring decisions to your city’s antidiscrimination ordinance.” Translation: How dare the church, that already has its own rules, not be allowed to not hire gay people because of my personal hangups about the thought of two men or two women being in love?
Perhaps the federal government is catching onto how someone chooses to believe shouldn't be more important than the way that people are born.
h/t: LGBTQ Nation