Cathy Lynn Grossman reports on what I think is a trend. At least it will be a trend if there are conservative operatives with a nose for political survival.
Her piece at Religion News Service on the Senate’s discussion of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA, which would extend protections in the workplace to LGBT employees, highlights a shift in focus among conservatives. It seems conservatives who until very recently would have opposed expanded rights for LGBT people and families with Christianity are now resorting to more economic talking points.
From Grossman’s article at Religions News Service “Conservatives shift their tone on gay anti-discrimination bill”
The rhetoric from Republican and conservative opponents of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is moving away from the morality of the bedroom and into the business sphere. More politicians are fighting ENDA as a bad economic move, not as a break with the Bible.
I think it’s clear that Republicans have seen that more and more Americans are okay with their gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender friends, family, and neighbors, regardless of what the Bible or Bible Bangers have to say.
A reduction (and may it continue) of the influence of superstition in the public square is a win not only for the group targeted by the superstition and its adherents but for all who desire to live full lives free of others’ mad blind beliefs. It’s a win for attention to consequences and care for people rather than phantoms. It’s secularism, it’s a good thing.