While existing federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin and disability, no federal law exists to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In 30 states, an individual can be fired, refused a job, demoted or denied a promotion based on his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to do so because of an individual’s gender identity.
With the 113th Congress underway, legislators need to hear from you—their constituents—that supporting measures to protect religious freedom and prevent discrimination based on religion should be a priority. Will you take a few minutes now to email your members of Congress about the legislative agenda you hope they will set?
The tendency to prejudge our fellow Americans because of perceptions – often misperceptions – based upon the color of their skin, their faith or their ethnic heritage, is something nearly everyone struggles with at some point in their lives; members of law enforcement are no exception. Please take a moment today to ask your Representatives to support the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA)(H.R. 3618/S. 1670).
No adoption agency that receives taxpayer support should be able to discriminate against potential parents based solely on marital status or sexual orientation. Though this is unfortunately legal in many states, you can help change this by contacting your member of Congress and asking them to support the Every Child Deserves a Family Act today.
Since 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has prevented same-gender marriages from being recognized as legal on a federal level. By repealing DOMA same-gender couples will no longer be denied rights because of one group’s theological beliefs. The Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 1116/S. 598), currently in Congress, would right this national wrong by repealing DOMA. Please take a moment now to tell your Members of Congress know that you support marriage equality and want to see DOMA repealed.
Interfaith Alliance is making a pledge based on reason, truth and civility, and asking each and every one of our members, activists and supporters to join us in making their own citizen’s pledge. Make your pledge today. It’s time to fight back against the negativity, untruths and intolerance that elected officials and political candidates have injected into the electoral process: join Interfaith Alliance’s movement for an honest, respectful national dialogue today.
Please help Interfaith Alliance hold this season’s presidential candidates accountable and remind them of their responsibility to our Constitution by sending a letter to the leadership of the Republican and Democratic National Committees. This letter stresses to the leadership of both parties that religious freedom is a right accorded to every American – and religion is not a political tool to be used to advance candidates’ campaigns or criticize their opponents. The more letters the DNC and RNC receive, the more weight our message will carry.
From distortions of our First Amendment, to a prejudice against and intolerance of any religion that isn’t Christianity or any American who doesn’t embrace their narrow definition of Christianity, the leaders of the Religious Right have denigrated the religious freedom and pluralism that makes our nation unique for far too long. They need to know that America won’t stand for their uncivil and unconstructive words and deeds anymore – and they need to hear it straight from you.