by Chet Hardin
One Colorado, "a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans and their families" is asking its supporters to donate money.
The goal is $5,000 before Monday. Why? The money, they say, will be used to launch a legal challenge against a ballot initiative written and pushed by the Springs' own Focus on the Family.
The initiative ostensibly aims to protect religious freedoms in Colorado, as the Denver Post reported on Tuesday:
Focus on the Family will build a coalition to back a constitutional amendment prohibiting state government from interfering with the religious freedom of a person or religious organization.
The draft language states that government may not directly or indirectly burden a person or organization by withholding benefits, assessing penalties or excluding a person or group from government programs or facilities.
The Alliance Defense Fund, a nonprofit Christian advocacy group dedicated to religious liberty, sent the proposed initiative to the Colorado Legislative Council on March 7. The amendment representative named is Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus on the Family.
But One Colorado isn't buying it.
The initiative’s language — which focuses on “religious liberty” — is incredibly deceptive. It doesn’t make clear the widespread implications of enacting this law. Implications that don’t just impact LGBT people — but all Coloradans.
Imagine a law that allows a pharmacist to refuse to fill a birth control prescription. A law that permits an employer to refuse to hire people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. A law that gives protection to teachers who refuse to teach sex education or evolution. All for the sake of so-called religious freedom.
You can read more about the initiative, here.