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Christian Ministry 'Focus on the Family' Only Supports Non-Discrimination Laws Up to 1960s (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Citizen Link is the political arm of the Christian-based ministry Focus on the Family.

During a recent Citizen Link web broadcast entitled "Judge Rules Against Freedom," Focus on the Family's Bruce Hausknecht explained how the ministry only supports non-discrimination laws up to the 1960s (video below).

Hausknech and Citizen Link host Stuart Shepard claimed the religious rights of a Christian baker were violated when he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding and a Colorado judge ruled against him based non-discrimination ordinances, notes GoodAsYou.org.

At one point, Shepard asked, "What is the official position, what is your official position, point of view on those laws and ordinances, we don't really support them do we?"

"Well, not since the original ones in the '60s that protected race, religion and sex from the things that were going on at that time," replied Hausknech. "Because they've changed so much, they're really used as a club to further an agenda that is typically anti-Christian in many cases. That's what we're seeing today."

However, in his rush to attack laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination by Christian businesses, Hausknecht failed to mention the numerous laws passed against other types of discrimination since the 1960s.

The U.S. Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978, which banned discrimination by employers (with 15 or more employees) "on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions."

The U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 banned discrimination against people with disabilities who take part in federal agency programs, programs receiving federal assistance and federal employment.

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 banned discrimination based on age in programs or activities that receive federal monies, such as financial aid for college.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 banned discrimination based on disability in public entities, public transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications and other specific circumstances.

Sources: CitizenLink.org, Wikipedia.org, GoodAsYou.org

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