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October 7, 2016


Massachusetts Legislates the New PC

Massachusetts has passed a law to enforce the new PC bathroom and language etiquette that hold threats for clergy and churches.

The law mostly applies to businesses that serve the general public. However, according to guidance from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, churches that hold “secular” events like “a spaghetti dinner…open to the general public” are under the statute during such events. The Commission is the state agency tasked with creating policies to enforce the law.

As The Stream previously reported, this could lead to pastors in jail. From the Commission’s document: “Violation of the law shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both…. In addition, the violator shall be liable to the aggrieved person for damages.”

Republican state Rep. Jim Lyons told Conservative Review that the bill “was never about [preventing] discrimination.”

“[I]t has always been about forcing a radical social agenda on the people of Massachusetts. … Our religious freedoms are now being trampled on by the radicals in Massachusetts,” Lyons said. “The bathroom bill is all about changing society,” and it “is eliminating our rights to privacy, our rights to protect our children and our rights to religious liberty.”

Washington Post legal analyst Eugene Volokh said the law could end up with pastors being punished if even members of the congregation didn’t use the government-approved language. A church that appears to tolerate language critical of transgender people can be accused of creating a “hostile environment,” and therefore “harassment.”

Any bets on whether the local Episcopal or Presbyterian any mainline dioceses will file an objection?


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3 comments

I’m glad you lined through Presbyterian, as there are many conservative denominations amongst the Split P’s.

[1] Posted by Reformed Catholic on 10-7-2016 at 01:02 PM · [top]

DioMass will be all to anxious to file an amicus brief in support of the legislation and against any “troglodyte” incapable of accepting the received wisdom.

[2] Posted by Nikolaus on 10-7-2016 at 02:39 PM · [top]

I bet the radical LGBTites are already planning on sending easily offended plants into targeted churches in order to test the law’s effectiveness and to throw a care into Biblically faithful pastors.

[3] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 10-7-2016 at 05:44 PM · [top]

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