Thursday, June 14, 2007

'Non-Discrimination' Bill Threatens Freedoms of Speech, Religion and Association

So-called 'Non-Discrimination' Bill Would Threaten Freedoms of Speech, Religion and Association.

Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny County , and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, have introduced two dangerous bills that would severely curb constitutionally guaranteed rights that Pennsylvanians hold dear, including the freedoms of speech, religion and association. These bills add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to Pennsylvania's Human Relations Code. These bills are an assault on free association and religious liberty. The law would be so sweeping that employers could not take into account sexual conduct, even that which might impact children. "Sexual orientation" could be used as a hammer against people of faith. These bills would put our state government in an adversarial role against the basic morality and values of religious ministries and individual business owners in Pennsylvania .

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Source: Michael Geer,


HB 302 Amended, Temporary Victory for Free Speech for Foster Parents. 

We have been working with the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference to oppose a bill touted as a "Children in Substitute Care Act" (foster care) because its vagueness and inclusion of "sexual orientation" language could become a real threat to the religious liberty of religious foster care providers and to Christian foster parents. A victorious effort by Rep. Kate Harper, R-Montgomery County, changed the bill from a list of rules preventing foster parents from establishing their own moral values for their household to a list of principles used to protect foster children and create a suitable home placement for both parties. Her amendment passed 104-93 and the bill has now been placed in the Appropriations committee, awaiting further action.

Source: Michael Geer,

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