James Dobson is speaking out against Canada’s insistence on attaching “gender identity” to the renegotiated North American trade deal, renamed USMCA.
In a Thursday essay in National Review, together with Jenna Ellis, director of the James Dobson Family Institute, Dobson argued that this is not the realm where social policy should be determined. At issue is language is found in Article 23.9 and Article 23.12, 23 in the chapter on labor which requires the parties to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and “gender identity.”
Canada wanted a whole chapter on gender equality as part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “progressive” trade agenda.
“As we have seen in recent years, of course, such edicts often run headlong into the constitutional right of religious business owners not to violate their core beliefs, in addition to raising thorny questions in a variety of areas including bathroom privacy. This stands to take away freedoms from every private business and churches as well,” Dobson and Ellis wrote.
Earlier this month, 46 conservative members of Congress delivered a letter to President Donald Trump expressing their concern that such language had been included in a free trade deal. An unprecedented move, they said.
“It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept,” the letter reads.
While a legal question exists as to whether the current language would require the United States to comply, Dobson is concerned that a court might eventually point to the language as an excuse to enshrine these policies in U.S. law.
“On top of that, the language stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s own approach to the issue, as the president is working to undo Obama-era executive orders that went beyond federal law to implement SOGI protections in certain contexts,” he and Ellis wrote.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter