(breitbart.com)—But there’s more: A lawyer’s membership in an organization can also be considered evidence of discrimination.
What if that lawyer is a member of a Southern Baptist or Roman Catholic Church? Or what about many other religions — such as Orthodox Jews? All those faiths have religious beliefs specifying that marriage is between a man and woman and that a person’s gender — their maleness or femaleness — is a fixed aspect of that person determined by Almighty God.
The membership of that Baptist lawyer, Catholic lawyer, or Jewish lawyer could be treated the same as if the lawyer belonged to the Ku Klux Klan. Since Model Rule 8.4 treats sexual orientation and gender identity as being on the same level as race, belonging to a church or synagogue that holds to millennia-old traditional beliefs on marriage and sexuality could lead to that attorney losing his law license.
ABA is a private organization. Of America’s 1.3 million lawyers, only 400,000 — less than one-third — are ABA members. (Many lawyers refuse to be part of ABA because of the organization’s well-documented liberal bias.) So Model Rule 8.4 does not automatically carry any force of law.
Instead, law licenses are issued by the highest court of each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, each of which has its own ethics rules. However, most state ethics rules are either taken directly from ABA’s Model Rules or, at the minimum, ABA rules are the starting point from which the states fashion their ethical requirements.
The bottom line is if ABA adopts this new rule, many states will quickly follow suit, and observant Christians in those states can be targeted for elimination from the legal profession.