Alaska pastors and clergy are invited to a complementary reception and forum on March 18, 4 p.m., at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage. The event includes a presentation from several national figures who will address the disastrous impact that the Equality Act would have on pro-life laws, religious liberty, women’s shelters, female sports and much more.

The Equality Act passed the U.S. House earlier this month and is now before the Senate. It is unknown how Alaska’s U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan will vote on the measure, but it will take at least 41 senators to block the bill through a filibuster. If the filibuster is removed, it would take 51 Senators to defeat the Equality Act. With the Senate split 50-50, at least one Democrat would need to join all Republicans to keep the bill from going to President Joe Biden’s desk. He has promised to sign it into law if it gets that far.

If the Equality Act would change the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “gender identity and sexual orientation” among the legally recognized “non-discrimination” classifications. This would mandate that Americans accommodate and facilitate behavior and events associated with the LGBTQ movement in private establishments, business, health care, entertainment and many other areas.

The upcoming event in Anchorage will address some of the major concerns with the Equality Act, including the following:

  • Religious employers, Christian schools and others would be forced to hire LGBTQ staff.
  • Churches would be forced to abandon or downplay Biblical teaching on human sexuality.
  • Men who identify as women would be able to compete in all women’s sports.
  • Conscience protections for pro-life doctors and nurses would be threatened.
  • Faith-based charities could be punished for upholding core religious beliefs about human dignity and marriage.
  • Women’s shelters, bathrooms, changing areas and showers would be open to the opposite sex.
  • Religious foster care and adoption groups would be shut down if they exclusively placed children in homes with a mother and father.
  • Doctors could be required to perform gender-reassignment surgeries and issue cross-sex hormones.
  • Religious believers and organizations could no longer invoke the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to safeguard their religious freedom.

Presenters at the March 18 event include Chuck Weber, executive director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, Autumn Stroup, of the Family Policy Alliance, Emilie Kao, director of the Heritage Foundation, and Jim Minnery, President of Alaska Family Action.

Seating is limited. Those who cannot attend in person can participate via Zoom, but everyone must register. For more information, click here.

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Alaska pastors’ forum to address how ‘Equality Act’ threatens the unborn, religious liberty and more

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.