Talk about discrimination…
If a person, business, or state government refuses to do business with or in the state of Indiana solely because of its recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, are they not engaging in the same kind of unfair denying of rights they accuse Indiana of fostering?
The law is meant to protect business owners from being required to compromise their closely-held religious beliefs, most often seen when a same-sex couple approaches a florist, photographer, or baker to provide items for their wedding. The business owners, believing that doing so would involve being complicit in a sin against God, refuse to provide the service. They make a decision not to do business with the couple because of their beliefs.
So what’s so different about folks making a decision not to do business with or in Indiana because of their belief that to do so would compromise their support for same-sex marriage?
In both cases you’ve got people wanting not simply to hold to a belief but to live it out. The champions of same-sex marriage are lauded for their stand, but the Christians are castigated for theirs. This is an injustice.
I wrote about the issue last March, and in my response to a comment on St. Patrick’s Day I noted the duplicity of gay rights supporters in approving the decision of brewers and New York City’s mayor not to participate in the annual NYC parade because the organizers would not allow gay groups to march as a parade participant. And I said, “Imagine a big city mayor refusing to participate in a gay pride parade because he opposes homosexuality.”
It seems to me we’ve got a double standard at work here. I would love to know how it’s not.