Franklin Graham is saddened by the Supreme Court’s decision that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers gay and transgender people, too.
I find this to be a very sad day. I don’t know how this is going to protect us.
My best guess is that organizations established to promote religion — churches, say — will see no change at all; their exercise of religion remains protected by the First Amendment. And most large companies and organizations made peace with our evolving understanding of sexuality and its origins a long time ago.
As near as I can tell, the most-affected by this decision is likely to be the small-town merchant, the pious diner– or hardware store-owner, dismayed to learn that Francis used to be … Francis. But society has no duty to indulge or protect that owner’s ignorance; it does have a duty, so far as possible, to protect Francis from ignorant malice.
Disputes of this sort have their origin in the Christian marketing lie that the Bible is “inerrant” and, honestly, I marvel that it persists. After all, the errors begin with Genesis’ creation tale, through the story of the Fall, to the conflicting accounts of the discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb, to the implausible claim that millions of horse-mounted warriors will clash at Armageddon. It’s all nonsense.