The Courage of Senator Coats

by Maggie Gallagher

Senator Dan Coats (R., Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor yesterday, before the Employee Non Discrimination Act passed with a 64-to-32 vote, on the “very serious” new threats to our first freedom from ENDA for his fellow Christians and their institutions, including his alma mater Wheaton:

“I oppose discrimination of any kind” Coats said, and went on to say that that includes discrimination against religious institutions, which violates the “cherished value of freedom of expression and religion.”

The fight against using legitimate concern for gay and lesbian (and now transgendered) people as a club to beat down traditional believers and marginalize those who hold Biblical faiths in America has begun. Senator Coats’s speech is a profile in courage.