Saturday, March 05, 2005
As I posted earlier this week on the Blend ("WTF is this? House OKs Bill on Faith-Based Job Discrimination"), Congress passed legislation that will allow faith-based organizations to bypass local anti-discrimination laws. Why would any gay person vote for this? Well, we know at least one did. (365gay):
The Workforce Investment Act passed by a 224 - 200 vote after Republicans defended the hiring language. [It] would repeal workplace protections in job training programs signed into law by President Reagan and written by then-Senator Dan Quayle. Specifically, it would allow religious organizations, which receive federal funding to operate job training programs, to discriminate in employment based on religious grounds - including objections to an individual's sexual orientation.
House Democrats argued that the bill amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination. "This provision is offensive, ugly, wrong," said Rep. Jim McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat. "It is a slippery slope from here on out and I fear this is just the beginning." LGBT civil rights also decried the legislation which still needs Senate approval.
"Republicans are attempting to force taxpayers to pay for their own discrimination," said Eric Stern, Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. "No American should have to pass a religious test in order to receive a federally funded job. The valuable work of our religious institutions should not be corrupted by discriminatory policies advanced by Republicans."
The vote followed an "action alert" Tuesday by the conservative Family Research Council urging its members to contact their representatives to vote for the measure. "Organizations that oppose homosexuality and abortion often need extra protection when receiving federal aid or using federal facilities," said Tony Perkins, FRC President.
Among the Republicans who voted for passage of the legislation were Charlie Bass (NH), Judy Biggert (IL), Mary Bono (CA), Mark Foley (FL), Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Nancy Johnson (CT), Jim Kolbe (AZ), Jim Leach (AZ), Deborah Price (OH), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Joe Schwarz (MI) and John Sweeney (NY), all of whom received endorsements and financial support from national LGBT organizations last November.
Well, well, well. Mark Foley. Gay Mark Foley. The hypocrite is going to be torn a new one by Mike Rogers of BlogActive on Monday. A taste of what's to come...
Birds of a Feather
Two haters, one picture:
Gay-bashing straight man John Ashcroft and Gay-bashing gay man Mark Foley
This is United States Congressman Mark Foley
He voted this week for a law to allow hate groups to fire gay and lesbian people at will
The law he is supporting will overrule ANY local laws on the matter.
MARK FOLEY IS GAY
MARK FOLEY WILL BE EXPOSED FOR THE HYPOCRITE HE IS THROUGH A MAIL AND INTERNET CAMPAIGN THAT WILL REACH INTO EVERY HOME IN HIS DISTRICT.
THIS MAN IS A DANGER TO GAY MEN AND LESBIANS
DO NOT SLEEP WITH THIS MAN
IF HE CRUISES YOU IN THE BATHROOMS OF CONGRESS,
IF HE HITS ON YOU AT THE NEXT REPUBLICAN CONVENTION
THE NATION MUST BE WARNED ABOUT THIS
ABOMINATION IN THE GAY COMMUNITY
Please to support our educational and advertising campaign against this right wing hypocrite, click here and join the battle for true lesbian and gay liberation.COMING MONDAY ON BLOGACTIVE: The entire Mark Foley story...Read about my recorded discussions with staff members and former staff members of Rep. Mark Foley...Read about how Mark Foley hit on men less than half his age at the Republican convention...Read about how Mark Foley voted to remove protections from those same young gay men and lesbians and anyone else violating a local discrimination law!!!
Not everyone cares for Mike's guerrilla tactics, but with people like Foley on the loose in Congress passing laws to make gay people second-class citizens, and the Repugs more than willing to support homophobic reporting from a rent-boy in the White House, this is what it comes down to, since establishment Dems are out to lunch. Go Mike.