By Bill Lockwood
Several years ago F. Lagard Smith published a book with the above title. Sodom’s Second Coming sums up well the cultural struggle in which America is now locked. Indiana passes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but Governor Mike Pence hurriedly back-peddles after tremendous public backlash. He wants to “clarify” it. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed a similar bill. Both of these measures, however, simply mirrored similar bills in a number of other states.
Following the Civil War, the 13th Amendment officially outlawed slavery in the United States. Out of that came the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which granted blacks equal treatment in public accommodations and public transportation. Subsequently, the Supreme Court held that that law was unconstitutional in that the federal government has no authority by our Constitution to take action against individuals deemed in violation by over-stepping state governments. States were to be the protective barrier against an overreaching federal government. Nor was the Federal Government ever intended to be the organ by which attitudes and feelings should be changed.
Move to 1964. The Civil Rights Act of that year was right on the heels of the New Deal Legacy of bigger, more expansive federal government. The 1964 Act is considered a “landmark legislation” because it outlawed discrimination in private business practice based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” It effectually ended segregation in schools and once again mandated there be no discrimination in “public accommodations.” This time, the federal overreach was not successfully challenged.
Did the measure accomplish what it proposed to do? Surveying the racial scene in America no one could argue that relations have become improved since the 1960’s. In fact, I will argue that they have worsened. Multiple causes of this there may be, but one major component of deteriorating relations between races is due to the fact that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 diminishes personal liberty and tramples the “right of contract” which is the hallmark of a free people. It intermeddles into areas of the human mind by seeking to correct ill-motives—prejudice, whether real or perceived.
This province belongs, however, not to government, but to the human heart and should be addressed in the local pulpit, not from halls of Congress. More importantly, the Civil Rights Act of1964 has been the major cause of transferring power from the states and individuals to the federal government.
How was the 1964 Civil Rights Act justified constitutionally? It has been chiefly defended by means of the Commerce Clause (Article 1.8). This clause was designed however, according to the founders in their authoritative statements on the topic, to create a “free trade zone” in the United States and simply to prevent inter-state trade wars.
How can an employer hiring an employee (free contract between individuals, Article 1.10) fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government—especially if the business has nothing at all to do with interstate commerce? But that is what the Government claims.
It is illegitimate for any governing body to “close the income gap,” to “favor one form of energy over another,” to “mandate racial quota’s in the workplace” or even to “change attitudes” among the citizens. That belongs to opinion-makers, not lawmakers.
ENTER THE HOMOSEXUAL LOBBY
What has all of this to do with “homosexual rights” and the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that are being challenged in the states? Just this. The American culture has merely papered-over the entire issue of homosexuality. The American Psychiatric Association, for example, “voted” in 1973 to remove homosexuality from its illness list.
The very fact that a vote was taken following political maneuvering by radical homosexuals who stormed into the APA meeting in San Francisco and demanded change shows that there is nothing scientific about the politically correct mantra that people are “born homosexual.” It is hard-ball politics, pure and simple.
Homosexuality is lawless behavior, it has nothing to do with people being “born that way.” But the political fallout from the Rainbow Agenda for saying this is so great that politicians like Pence and Hutchinson are scrambling backwards. The shrill demand is that we equate homosexuality with race. Therefore, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will apply and private businesses and individuals will forcibly be required to do obeisance to the god of the Almighty State. Freedom has all but disappeared.