On March 20, 2018, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate voted to confirm “Rachel” Levine, a man in a dress, as Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. Levine is described at the Governor’s website as an expert in psychiatry and pediatrics. Now we can anticipate the citizens of Pennsylvania being lectured on mental health by a woman in a dress.
All the senators but John Eichelberger voted in favor of the confirmation. However, Senator Eichelberger did vote in favor of the confirmation of Levine as Physician General in 2015. Has Senator Eichelberger had a change of conscience or was this vote just a political calculation, now that he is running for the office of U.S. Representative?
The 2016 Republican Party National Platform states the following:
Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values. We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongly removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law. We also condemn the Supreme Court’s lawless ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, was a “judicial Putsch” — full of “silly extravagances” — that reduced “the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Storey to the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent…
The Bill of Rights lists religious liberty, with its rights of conscience, as the first freedom to be protected. Religious freedom in the Bill of Rights protects the right of the people to practice their faith in their everyday lives. As George Washington taught, “religion and morality are indispensable supports” to a free society. Similarly, Thomas Jefferson declared that “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses, and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are part of misguided effort to undermine religion and drive it from the public square.
Whereas, the party platform declares marriage between one man and one woman the foundation for a free society, the bill proposed by candidate for Governor Scott Wagner (whom the Pennsylvania State Republican Party endorsed 3 months before the primary election), SB 613, declares that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sexual identity, and sexual expression “undermines the foundations of a free democratic state”…”resulting in grave injury to the public health and welfare”…”thereby threatening the peace, health, safety, and general welfare of the Commonwealth and its inhabitants”. In other words, we face the collapse of civilization if men are not allowed to wear dresses in every public place and we don’t celebrate homosexual unions.
Not only is Senator Wagner’s proposed legislation objectionable on a moral basis, it is objectionable on a limited-government basis. What business has the government telling a private business owner who is attempting to operate a family friendly business that he or she must hire transvestites?