To: Open Letter to Texas Congressman Chet Edwards
Re: Anti-Faith Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
From: Donna and Wayne Garner
Because we are people of faith and most of the people in your District 17 are also, we ask you to vote against the anti-faith Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) if it comes to the House floor for a vote. ENDA (H.R. 3017) was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), an openly gay Congressman.
The hearing in the House Education and Labor Committee yesterday was supposed to present the pros and cons of this bill. Instead, out of 9 witnesses called to testify, only 1 opposed ENDA. Rep. Barney Frank also testified.
Supposedly ENDA is to end discrimination. Instead, the unfairly stacked witnesses of 8 to 1 indicate that discrimination against the bill was deliberately orchestrated by the House Committee.
ENDA would require faith-based employers to choose between granting special workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation. This would go against people's closely held religious beliefs. Christian employers would be forced to make employment decisions that would violate their consciences. If they chose not to hire Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) employees, the employers could face the risk of prosecution.
It is not only people of faith who do not want to hire GLBT employees. Many employers do not want to hire GLBT employees because of the unhealthy lifestyle these people practice. The medical data is very clear: People who choose the GLBT lifestyle suffer a multitude of unhealthy consequences and often, early death.
Employers know GLBT employees will have a high rate of absenteeism because of their increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases and other medical conditions. GLBT employees will also cause employers’ healthcare costs to soar.
Here are the medical facts, most of which come from the U. S. government’s own agencies:
From the U. S. Food and Drug Administration:
Blood Donations from Men Who Have Sex with Other Men Questions and Answers -- 7.10.09 (http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccin ... 108186.htm
Men who have sex with men also have an increased risk of having other infections that can be transmitted to others by blood transfusion. For example, infection with the Hepatitis B virus is about 5-6 times more common and Hepatitis C virus infections are about 2 times more common in men who have sex with other men than in the general population. Additionally, men who have sex with men have an increased incidence and prevalence of Human Herpes Virus-8 (HHV-8). HHV-8 causes a cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma in immunocompromised individuals.
· The latest Centers for Disease Control figures (2006 -- http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveilla ... ence_6.pdf
) indicate that 69% of HIV cases are people who have practiced male-to-male sexual activity and/or drug use. However, the figure is actually higher than that because the heterosexual percentage of 31% includes those who practice bisexual activities and/or drug use.
· These CDC statistics prove that HIV is largely being passed by those who practice homosexual and/or bisexual activities and/or drug use -- all completely preventable activities. People are spreading HIV through their bad choices.
Dr. Paul Benson, a Berkeley physician, said in BetweentheLines (5.28.09, Issue 1722) -- a homosexual newspaper):
Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence (the total number of cases of a disease that are present in a population at a specific point in time) 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first time blood donors and 8000 times higher than repeat blood donors (American Red Cross). Even taking into account that 75% of HIV infected men who have sex with men already know they are HIV positive and would be unlikely to donate blood, the HIV prevalence in potential donors with history of male sex with males is 200 times higher than first time blood donors and 2000 times higher than repeat blood donors.
HPV affects approximately 65 percent of HIV-negative gay men, and nearly 95 percent of HIV-positive gay men, according to New England Journal study. Condoms only provide about a 50 percent protection rate against HPV, Benson said.
The American Psychological Association now states: "There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles. ..."
As the Congressman who represents District 17, we expect you to vote against ENDA.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Garnerwgarner1@hot.rr.com