The president of a Catholic civil rights organization on Feb. 22 released a scathing rebuke of the so-called Equality Act introduced by Democrats, saying it promotes “the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law.”
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said in the release that the “patently anti-Christian” legislation would allow “gay rights to trump religious rights.”
He said that although the act claims to be about “ending discrimination,” noting that it may indeed be the intention, the repercussions would effectively secularize religious entities and force adherents to violate religious codes of conduct.
“Healthcare providers would be forced to provide hormone therapies and surgical procedures that are required to change the physical characteristics associated with sex changes,” Donohue noted, asking if anyone would be allowed to object, or point out the “long-term physical and mental problems associated with sex reassignment.”
“What about parents who learn that their child wants to switch his or her sex?” he added. “Will their rights be respected or eviscerated?”
He voiced concern over the loss of women’s rights due to the building up of “biological males who identify as female.”
“Boys and men would be allowed to compete in sports with girls and women, thus unfairly altering women’s athletics,” he said. “Females would also lose their privacy rights. These biological males can use the locker rooms, restrooms, and shower facilities that have always been reserved for females.”
He added that religious groups would be prohibited from objecting.
“Catholics, evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, Mormons, Muslims, and many other religious communities could not raise religious liberty objections to any of the aforementioned rights of transgender women.”
Donohue highlighted the incompatibility between the Catholic faith and the proponents of the legislation.
“It is hard for the public to understand, especially Catholics, why such allegedly ‘devout Catholics’ as [President Joe] Biden and [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)] would want to champion such patently anti-Christian legislation as the Equality Act.”
The Catholic League said that it’s getting in touch with Congress over the bill.