Washington Times Continues Baseless Attacks On San Antonio Anti-Discrimination Proposal

Equality Matters
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July 30, 2013

The Washington Times falsely asserted that a proposed ordinance protecting LGBT workers from discrimination in San Antonio endangers free speech.

In a July 30 editorial, the Times continued the right-wing media effort to defeat the proposal, framing its supporters as "bigots" who intend to "bully" those who oppose LGBT rights:

The First Amendment took a hit in San Antonio last week, but the Constitution is still breathing. The San Antonio City Council voted to consider a city ordinance disqualifying anyone who believes homosexual conduct is wrong from serving, ever, on a municipal board. The ban is to be applied "if the City Council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed" against various protected classes, and for the first time to include sexual orientation and "gender identity."

Such bigots, for bigots is what they are, have no qualms about using such power as they have to bully anyone who holds views rooted in tradition or religion. The first draft of the San Antonio proposal would also have forbidden the city from doing business with anyone who fails to espouse politically correct views, and could, theoretically be used to remove anyone from office with a traditional view, or even a view not believed fervently enough, for "malfeasance." Such discrimination is proposed under the cloak of a "non-discrimination" ordinance. George Orwell is alive and hiding in Texas.