JPANet: Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

ENDAA key tenet of the civil rights movement is that workers should be judged solely on their merits. No one should be kept from supporting their families and contributing to the economic life of our nation based on characteristics that have no bearing on the ability to do a job.  Yet it remains legal in 29 states to fire or refuse to hire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation; in 38 states it is legal to do so based solely on an individual’s gender identity. 

Congress now has a chance to pass meaningful civil rights legislation that would end this injustice. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3017/S 1584) would extend fair employment practices under federal law to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  ENDA would not create any “special rights” but would simply offer Americans basic protections from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

As people of faith, we recognize the God-given worth and dignity of every individual.  We are called by biblical mandate to respect the full humanity of each person and to resist practices which deny individuals their full humanity.  We recognize that there remain theological differences of belief on the issue of sexual orientation among people of faith.  However, polling reflects that like the majority of Americans, most people of faith believe that decisions regarding employment in hiring, firing, training or promotion should be made on the basis of an individual’s ability to do the job, not based on one’s sexual orientation or identity.

All of us are diminished when individuals are prevented from reaching their full potential and prohibited from contributing the full measure of their talent and ability to society.  ENDA is a measured and pragmatic response to unjust discrimination. 

We are called to stand for fairness.  Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor and support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (HR 3017/ S 1584).  Congress must pass this critical anti-discrimination legislation.

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