For many, this bathroom debate is one that has grown stale. Who is not tired of hearing/talking about which bathroom which person is allowed to use? Everyone is sick to death over the fact that this is a real issue in our country. But, it cannot be ignored, because as we have seen, there are enormous consequences at stake.
As I reported, there is a law which was passed in Idaho, which may cause legal problems for churches. The reason is the law’s ambiguity. It is not clear what is or will be considered a secular event. If an event is so called at the church building the church would face fines and possibly prison time for not having gender neutral facilities.
And now the same thing is happening in Massachusetts.
Churches in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts have grave concerns about a new anti-discrimination law that could force congregations to accommodate the transgender community – under the threat of fines and jail time.
The law, which goes into effect in October, does not specifically mention churches or other houses of worship. However, the attorney general, along with the government commission assigned to enforce the law, have a different point of view.
What is worse is that the attorney general and the Nazi organization formed to enforce these new laws will not clarify how the law will be enforced. They have basically left it up to interpretation, even though they will not make clear who it is that is doing the interpretation.
The Massachusetts Family Institute has launched a petition drive to repeal the law – warning that pastors and parishioners could find themselves in serious legal trouble.
“The law bootstraps the idea of gender identity onto existing Civil Rights laws,” MFI president Andrew Beckwith tells me. “Even having a sign in your church that says “This Bathroom is for Biological Women Only” could subject the pastor of the church to up to 30 days in jail.”
And when Beckwith asked for this to be explained, the response sounded threatening.
He said the MFI reached out to the attorney general’s office for clarification on the law, and they were instructed to “get an attorney.”
“Churches are left not knowing whether it applies to them or not,” he said.
But as I reported about Idaho, the thing that these churches need to be reminded is the state has no jurisdiction over them. Both the Bible and the Constitution confirm this fact. We just need to tell the state.