The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s claim to be about “uniting business” and “advancing Kentucky” is proven false by its repeated opposition to religious freedom.
Since 2017, the Chamber’s top legislative priorities have included opposition to religious freedom. The Chamber has repeatedly insulted religious Kentuckians by maligning their consciences and faith as a cover for discrimination.
Again, the Chamber’s 2022 legislative agenda renews its opposition to religious freedom (see page 13-14).
The Chamber opposes any legislation that would protect a business owner’s right to operate according to their religious convictions or conscience.
Never mind that Kentucky business owners have been persecuted by Louisville and Lexington’s “sexual orientation and gender identity” ordinances.
So much for “uniting business.”
Never mind that religious freedom is the first among the God-given human rights recognized in the U.S. Constitution.
Never mind that the Kentucky Constitution declares that “No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”
Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court justice who legalized homosexuality and same-sex marriage also emphasized that “the people lose when the government is the one deciding which ideas should prevail” and declared “it is not forward thinking to force individuals to ‘be an instrument for fostering public adherence to an ideological point of view [they] fin[d] unacceptable’” (NIFLA v. Becerra).
So much for “advancing Kentucky.”
Could it be that the Kentucky General Assembly’s failure to contest the gross overreach of the LGBTQ agenda during the past five years is the direct result of the Kentucky Chamber’s advocacy against religious freedom and wholehearted embrace of the radical LGBTQ agenda?
After all, the Courier Journal reported that the Chamber has topped legislative lobbying spenders in Kentucky during four of the past five years, employing 13 lobbyists in 2021 alone and nearly doubling the spending of the runner up.
It wouldn’t be the first time the Kentucky Chamber has exerted its influence to pressure the General Assembly into supporting policies harmful to our families—it has also spent years advocating for the expansion of gambling.
The 2022 General Assembly will again have the chance to contest the gross overreach of the LGBTQ agenda by protecting our children from harm, stopping the spread of the LGBTQ ideology in our schools, upholding religious freedom, and enacting other common sense legislation.
Who do they work for?
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