Supporting the Resolution

To the Editor,

I’m writing today in support of the Non-Discrimination Resolution. Specifically, I want to address one of the arguments I’ve heard against the NDR. The argument made is that Christians are incredibly discriminated against, and if Trans people receive addition- al protection against discrimination it would be an affront to the Christian religion. I offer this as a counter: Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. So long as religious practice doesn’t break any laws, the government can- not interfere. The rights of religious folks facing discrimination have been fought for and upheld in many ways through- out history, including the 1964 Civil Rights act. Essentially, this means that if someone feels they were discriminated against because of their religion, they have a legal avenue (and precedent) that allows them to pursue a lawsuit. There is a myriad of pr tected classes under Anti-Discrimination law, ranging from religion to race, even age and pregnancy. Gender Identity is not a protected class and therefore Trans people that feel discriminated against do not have equal access to the legal avenues as religious peo- ple who feel discriminated against. The NDR, while not fully solving this, is a giant step towards equal protection from discrimination for Trans peo- ple. The City of Red Lodge has a moral obligation to take steps to ensure equal protection for all of its citizens. The council votes on this resolution on Oct. 10. I encourage every- one to attend and be heard.

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  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
    The Montana Metal Rockfest will feature Zen, Kicking Karma, and Mr. Big with Trixter, July 18-20 at Boyd’s Garage on 7th Street, Red Lodge. The gigs will kick off at 6:30 p.m. each night.  There is no cover charge. Vendors will be on site. For tickets and information call (406) 446-1519. 
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    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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