Equal Opportunity

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and US labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations. Although not specifically stated at the time, the Act was passed to provide special protections for people based on innate and/or easily discernible characteristics. The exception to that was religion, and it was included because freedom of religion is the first freedom guaranteed in the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.

The Civil Rights Act was passed because at that time there were still many instances in our country where people were being denied access to their “certain unalienable Rights” based on their race, color, religion, sex, and/or national origin. Subsequent additions of age and disability were added to the protected group.

This condition still exists, thankfully to a lesser extent, today. Among the attributes Community Action Council evaluates in qualifying Candidates for support is their commitment to Equal Opportunity for everyone. Legal residents of the United States shouldn’t be treated differently because of the color of their skin, their heritage, their faith, their age, or if they have a disability.

To be certain there is no lack of clarity, everyone in America deserves to have equal opportunity. People who fall in the above categories, which are immutable and/or easily discernible or specifically enumerated in the Constitution have been afforded special protections under the Civil Rights Act. This was done because there have been, and in some instances still are, cases where “unalienable rights” have been denied them based on their belonging to one of the named groups.

This is in no way an endorsement or promotion of special rights and protections based on people’s lifestyle choices. "[SOGI]" laws that provide special protections based on “sexual orientation” and/or “gender identity” should not be, and should not be considered to be covered under the Civil Rights Act. As has been seen in many instances in recent years, the granting of special protections to people based on their sexual choices has directly infringed on the Religious Liberty and Free Speech rights of other people whose faith or moral upbringing states that any sexual activity outside the bonds of heterosexual marriage is a sin and shouldn’t be promoted, particularly by government fiat.