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Ralph Reed Calls ENDA 'a Dagger' in 'the Heart of Religious Freedom'

Right-wing religious activist and pundit Ralph Reed ripped the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a USA Today editorial published last night.

2_ralphreedWrites Reed, in part:

What its supporters call the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, should really be labeled the "Trial Lawyers Full Employment Act." It burdens any business with 15 or more employees with new threats of litigation, frivolous law suits and additional compliance costs.

I oppose workplace discrimination in all its ugly forms and believe in respecting the individual's essential dignity. I have worked with and hired gay employees my entire career. But ENDA criminalizes hiring and promotion based on the subjective criteria of sexual orientation and gender identity — an often fluid standard that can be known only by violating an employee's right to privacy. Employers, including schools, would be required to allow men to show up for work dressed as women, or women as men. Personal objections aside, this is an unnecessary disruption of the workplace.

It is also a dagger aimed at the heart of religious freedom for millions of Americans. The bill's so-called religious exemption is vague and inadequate. Based on previous court rulings, faith-based charities may be subject to harassment and junk lawsuits.

Despite Reed's religious freedom claims, ENDA actually has a broad religious exemption as currently written — too broad for some LGBT activist groups.

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  1. I believe now, more than ever, that religion is ALWAYS the problem. It seems every hurdle we face in the US is directly linked to some nutjobs screaming about what god wants/doesn't want. It's getting tired.

    I wish god would rapture all those people and let the rest of us get on with it.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 5, 2013 8:18:41 AM

  2. He looks like an evil Howdy-Doody, and acts like one too. He is irrelevant.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 5, 2013 8:20:24 AM

  3. not that I agree with him, but certain religions; not all religions

    Posted by: Patrick | Nov 5, 2013 8:22:32 AM

  4. Screw religious people.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 5, 2013 8:26:55 AM

  5. Religion is a very evil thing.

    Religion and 'god' has absolutely nothing of value to add to the world.

    As exemplified by this neo-fascist thug Ralph Reed.

    This evil extremist says he opposed discrimination but does not want any protections for vulnerable groups.

    And if this bigot is religious - why is his concern about business.

    Does he not accept 'god's' teaching that wealth is evil?

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 5, 2013 8:39:41 AM

  6. Ralphie is a piece of work who has done so much damage to this country. He is a deceitful opportunist who has no soul (and I don't mean in a religious way).

    Posted by: nick | Nov 5, 2013 8:54:18 AM

  7. Unfortunately, religion is a dagger in the heart of the LGBT community. It's dangerous, damaging, deceitful and, sometimes, deadly. Extremist bigots like Reed use religion as a weapon against human equality. He is a filthy opportunist using his hate-filled rantings against LGBTs to raise his image and his wealth among Christianists.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 5, 2013 9:08:26 AM

  8. Closeted man

    Posted by: bryce king | Nov 5, 2013 9:10:20 AM

  9. Nope.

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 5, 2013 9:25:17 AM

  10. sorry, but "religious freedom" is a dagger in everyone's heart. Majority rules.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Nov 5, 2013 9:28:55 AM

  11. Except this fools' religion is false and so is his outrage.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Nov 5, 2013 10:30:59 AM

  12. I've said it a million times - we need to get rid of religion in this country. We are controlled by religious fanatics who use their religion to manipulate our lives. Religion is destroying America.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 5, 2013 10:33:15 AM

  13. If anyone would know about daggers...

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 5, 2013 10:33:25 AM

  14. Con artist.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Nov 5, 2013 10:37:40 AM

  15. Thus saith the crooked, hypocritical "christian."

    Posted by: john patrick | Nov 5, 2013 10:44:22 AM

  16. How do you know when a christian is full of Sh*t? His lips are moving..

    Posted by: Robert M. | Nov 5, 2013 11:10:13 AM

  17. wait..you mean that gay guy is Ralph Reed?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Nov 5, 2013 11:26:57 AM

  18. He is protestant I guess. Before Reformation, people like him didn't have the freedom to exist because they interfered with the religious freedom of the Roman Catholic Church. We all know all heretics should be punished and even burned and killed. Now it is their turn to oppress other people in the name of religious freedom.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 5, 2013 12:40:25 PM

  19. With each and every passing day and each and every idiotic, homophobic comment by such hypocrites as Ralph Reed, I come to loathe and despise evangelical christians more and more and more. We need to rid America of this fundamentalist filth by whatever means necessary.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 5, 2013 12:58:11 PM

  20. Isn't Religious Freedom an oxymoron?

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Nov 5, 2013 1:07:42 PM

  21. I can tell she is a queen by looking at her. Gay face.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 5, 2013 1:42:10 PM

  22. Just more BS from this hateful idiot.

    Posted by: jsb | Nov 5, 2013 2:32:04 PM

  23. My favorite Ralph Reed moment: 2004 or 2005, watching him read gay Miami Beach rag "WIRE" in the David Barton Gym when it was in The Delano. So wish I had an iphone camera back then.

    Posted by: James | Nov 5, 2013 2:47:02 PM

  24. Given James' comment, one might wonder if the gay employees that Ralph Reed hired were enterprising young men who find work using web sites such as rentboy.com - hey, someone had to say it, so I might as well be first so it can be worded in a way that does not actually make an accusation!

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 5, 2013 3:08:47 PM

  25. Your freedom to impose your religion on everyone?

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Nov 5, 2013 4:13:21 PM

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