Skip to comments.Obama Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals
Posted on 01/18/2010 8:56:59 AM PST by wagglebee
(CNSNews.com) - Chai Feldblum, the Georgetown University law professor nominated by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has written that society should not tolerate any private beliefs, including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual equality.
Feldblum, whose nomination was advanced in a closed session of the Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on December 12, published an article entitled Moral Conflict and Liberty: Gay Rights and Religion in the Brooklyn Law Review in 2006.
Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs that adversely affect African-Americans in the commercial arena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views, we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity that adversely affect LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people, the Georgetown law professor argued.
Feldblums admittedly radical view is based on what she sees as a zero-sum game between religious freedom and the homosexual agenda, where a gain for one side necessarily entails a corresponding loss for the other side.
For those who believe that a homosexual or bisexual orientation is not morally neutral, and that an individual who acts on his or her homosexual orientation is acting in a sinful or harmful manner (to himself or herself and to others), it is problematic when the government passes a law that gives such individuals equal access to all societal institutions, Feldblum wrote.
Conversely, for those who believe that any sexual orientation, including a homosexual or bisexual orientation, is morally neutral, and that an individual who acts on his or her homosexual or bisexual orientation acts in an honest and good manner, it is problematic when the government fails to pass laws providing equality to such individuals.
Feldblum argues that in order for gay rights to triumph in this zero-sum game, the constitutional rights of all Americans should be placed on a spectrum so they can be balanced against legitimate government duties.
All beliefs should be equal, regardless of their source, Feldblum says. A belief derived from a religious faith should be accorded no more weightand no less weightthan a belief derived from a non-religious source. According to Feldman, the source of a persons belief be it God, spiritual energy, or the five senses has no relevance.
'Identity liberty' versus 'belief liberty'
Feldblum does recognize that elements of the homosexual agenda may infringe on Americans religious liberties. However, Feldblum argues that society should come down on the side of homosexual equality at the expense of religious liberty. Because the conflict between the two is irreconcilable, religious liberty -- which she also calls "belief liberty" -- must be placed second to the identity liberty of homosexuals.
And, in making the decision in this zero sum game, I am convinced society should come down on the side of protecting the liberty of LGBT people, she wrote.
Protecting one groups identity liberty may, at times, require that we burden others belief liberty. This is an inherent and irreconcilable reality of our complex society, Feldblum wrote.
But in dealing with this conflict, I believe it is essential that we not privilege moral beliefs that are religiously based over other sincerely held core, moral beliefs. Laws passed pursuant to public policies may burden the belief liberty of those who adhere to either religious or secular beliefs.
The full Senate must now vote on Feldblum's nomination, but a date for that vote has not yet been set.
As an EEOC commissioner, Feldblum would rule on cases involving alleged violations of federal employment law, including gender, age, and race discrimination.
belief liberty” — must be placed second to the identity liberty of homosexuals/Logic not in use.
You know for a fact that Islam won’t be one of the targets of this suppression of religious beliefs,
because the war isn’t between homos and religion,
it’s between the world and Christianity. And Islam is on their side.
The ignorant fuffter is confusing "other sincerely-held core moral beliefs" with what is actually the complete absence of morals. Take her out back and shoot her, or take her to the arctic and put her on an ice floe. She has outlived any usefulness to society.
this is about par on the libtard circuit
Society should not tolerate Homosexuals, their perverted lifestyles, or the threat they pose to society in general.
Homosexuals should be locked away in asylums along with most liberals so they can get the help they so dearly need.
These people are insane. I have never heard of a more radical group of people in government than this one.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; this is an abomination”Leviticus 18:22.
Her reasoning seems to be that it should be illegal even to think thoughts which she disapproves of. This goes beyond just punishing people for things they say out loud...by her logic the government should be hauling people in and pressuring them to reveal what their opinions are on these issues. Maybe they will decide that waterboarding has a valid use after all.
Of course hate crimes legislation operates on the assumption that the government can punish thought, but there at least there has to be some kind of overt act before the government gets involved.
“...has written that society should not tolerate any private beliefs, including religious beliefs, that may negatively affect homosexual equality. “
What is it about this particular sexual perversion that makes it so holy in some peoples’ eyes?
What don’t these morons understand about the word “PRIVATE”? It’s nobody’s business what I believe in private! And it’s none of my business what those perverts do in private. Keep it out of sight and we won’t bother you.
< /rant >
What if, in the spirit of compromise, we simply cease to tolerate personal beliefs that threaten the Constitution of the United States?
Because it is a refutation and corruption of God’s crowning creation - humans.
...When God created human beings, he made them in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “human beings.”
All AIDS stems from queerdom. The innocent baby born with it, the unsuspecting recipient of a tainted blood transfusion, the unwitting sexual partner of someone who passes it on, the needle user that shares one with an AIDS person. All of it passed on by a queer somewhere along the line.
Billions spent on the queer disease and billions more to come.
Treat the innocent babies and transfusion victims and let the ones who brought it on themseves look out for themselves and by all means stop queers from donating blood.
I'm a radical though - one who is sick and tired of paying for these chosen life styles..
Ok then, I believe murder should be completely legal.
And my view should carry equal weight with any other belief system.
Sad that it took 30 posts to get to this fundamental truth...
The left in this country won’t be satisfied until everyone who doesn’t think exactly the way they do is lobotomized.
A society of childless hedonists is easy to keep satisfied. Such people aren't likely to worry about future beyond their own lifespan. Also it takes care of the excess population (according to environmentalists, all population is excess.)
So much for freedom of conscience
Hmmm. Should we tolerate not so private beliefs that are shoving socialist ideology down our throats (that’s for you, Barney!)?
So, basically what he is saying is that we should not be allowed to have our own private beliefs? This is amazing.
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