During last week's debate over the "Equality Act," Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) provoked Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to lash out at the notion of "God's will" as being of no consequence.
Speaking from the floor about the act that would radically change the legal definition of sex and gender in federal law, Steube quoted Scripture to demonstrate why millions of Americans oppose the legislation and believe it constitutes rebellion to God's moral authority.
The passage Steube quoted from Deuteronomy 22 directs men from the ancient nation of Israel not to wear women's clothing.
"It's not clothing or personal style that offends God, but rather the use of one's appearance to act out or take on a sexual identity different from the one biologically assigned by God," Steube said. "The gender confusion that exists in our culture today is a clear rejection of God's good design," and "whenever a nation's laws no longer reflect the standards of God, that nation is in rebellion against him and will inevitably bear the consequences," the congressman warned.
Following the remarks, Nadler expressed his dissatisfaction.
"Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition describes as God's will is no concern of this Congress," Nadler said.
Steube took issue with the Nadler's provocative statement, as did the 1,500-member Coalition for Jewish Values, which issued a statement condemning the Democrat's understanding of the U.S. Constitution.
"Mr. Nadler has forgotten the Constitution," the group's President Rabbi Pesach Lerner said. "The Founding Fathers required Congress to avoid infringing upon the free exercise of religion, meaning it must be sensitive to what every religious tradition describes as G-d's will. It is especially true that Congress must remain cognizant of the set of foundational moral principles – including valuing peace, human life, and individual liberty and responsibility – that America calls Judeo-Christian ethics."