By: Bob Trent
“Whenever the church has a worship service and is open to the public, not just members, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission believes it has jurisdiction to force the church to use its showers and restroom facilities in ways that are inconsistent with its faith.”
- Erik Stanley, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
An unelected commission in Iowa determines that a state law requires churches to open bathrooms to members of the opposite sex and refrain from any speech, including from the pulpit, that would make anyone “persons of any particular…gender identity” feel “unwelcome.” Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on behalf of a Church in Des Moines to stop the government from censoring the church’s teaching on biblical sexuality and from forcing the church to open its restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex. Erik Stanley, Director of the Center for Christian Ministries joins Freedom Matters to talk about the troubling law.
After a year of muffled debate within the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced a new policy ending the military’s recognition of service members’ biology and celebrating personnel who struggle with gender confusion. The policy immediately opens locker rooms, shower areas and bathrooms to whoever chooses to use them without acknowledging freedom of religion or freedom of conscience. In fact, service members who express misgivings about this policy change may find themselves running afoul of new sex discrimination prohibitions issued by the Department of Justice and adopted by the Department of Defense. Daniel Briggs, Director of Military Affairs for Alliance Defending Freedom discusses the policy and impact on America’s armed forces.
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