The Equality Act is inherently hostile to religious freedom. It contains no exemptions for religious organizations or houses of worship, and it partially repeals the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Insofar that Christian schools could be considered a place of “public accommodation” under this bill, there would be no protections for Christian schools that desire to teach a biblical ethic of human sexuality and expect teachers and students to practice those beliefs.
Christian schools would be forced to include puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex reassignment surgery in their employee health plans to advance a transgender ideology, all in clear violation of their religious convictions and contrary to their understanding of the best medical responses to gender dysphoria. The Equality Act would also require Christian schools to allow boys who identify as girls to use girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and other appropriately sex-separated private facilities. Single-sex and boarding schools would be forced to admit and house together biologically male students with female students.
If the Equality Act passes, Christian schools would effectively lose the freedom to operate according to the teachings of their faith. The Equality Act mandates a universal sexual ethic and eradicates the right of people to speak freely and without fear on issues core to one’s conception of truth—like a biblical view of sexuality. And by explicitly prohibiting religious exemptions, the Equality Act sends a clear message that dissenting views, including those espoused by Christian schools, do not deserve equal protection in society.