In all the rush of presidential and VP debates, an under-reported Massachusetts law took force on Saturday that could throw priests in jail for using what the state considers “wrong” pronouns when addressing people with gender identity disorder. (In this case, “wrong” pronouns are those that refuse to bow to the lie that biological sex can change.)
On Saturday, a law banning sex-segregated bathrooms and other practices for places of “public accommodation” took effect. Specifically meant to promote gender ideology, the law was passed by the state’s Democratic state legislative majority and signed by Republican governor Charles Baker.
The law mostly applies to businesses that serve the general public. However, according to guidance from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, churches that hold “secular” events like “a spaghetti dinner…open to the general public” are under the statute during such events. The Commission is the state agency tasked with creating policies to enforce the law.
As The Streampreviously reported, this could lead to pastors in jail. From the Commission’s document: “Violation of the law shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both…. In addition, the violator shall be liable to the aggrieved person for damages.”
“There are circumstances where places of worship hold activities at their facilities or in their buildings that are purely secular events,” she said. Among the activities that the state considers secular are soup kitchens, day care, housing, and polling places. “In those circumstances, places of worship could be seen as open to the public,” Ms. George told me. “The operative word is ‘could.’”
Isn’t that reassuring? A priest can just rely on the good nature of government officials to not fine or jail him when he uses correct pronouns that aren’t approved by the government. Nothing bad has ever happened when people trust government officials to do the right thing. Ever:
Advocates for transgender people in Massachusetts say they can no longer be legally discriminated against in public places.
A new law taking effect on Saturday bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations. Among other things, the statute allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.
Remember when LGBT militants said they wanted tolerance? I guess they replaced that with “using the state to attack people who say things we don’t like.”