Religious Freedom > Gay Marriage?

In the words of Manhattan Mini Storage: “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married.”

The Civil Rights Act was passed under the interstate commerce clause of the US Constitution. The interstate commerce clause was a federal mandate to ensure that nothing affects free trade. When I think about the Religious Freedom bill I wonder how it is passed? It is clearly designed to allow trade to be restricted like it was back before the 1960s. Except in this case, it is against the LGBT group instead of minorities.

Do we need religious freedom laws? The classic example that we often hear is about the bakery that does not want to make a cake for a gay wedding. Unless the couple asks the baker to make something obscene what really is the problem here? It is perfectly acceptable for a store owner to have policies in place regarding what they will and will not do. For example Walmart has rules in place for what they will put on cakes – they do not allow obscene pics or language.

This law in essence appears to be an unwillingness to “play nicely with others”. And isn’t that against the “christian way”? We don’t all have to see eye to eye but we do have to treat each other with respect and dignity. Not like school yard bullies who turn people away because they don’t fit the group mold. What happened to the Golden Rule??

There are a few stores around town that I will not frequent because of all their christian symbols such as giant crosses outside in the parking lots. It is not because I am anti-christian, but more that I feel that they are anti-other faiths.  As a person of another faith, a giant cross in the parking lot does not exactly make me feel welcome. But thanks to the free market I am welcome to take my business elsewhere where I may feel more welcome. That is an exercise of religious freedom in and of itself don’t you think?

Post update 10/13/2016 Here is a link to a recent survey on the issue by the PEW Research Center:

2. Americans divided over whether wedding-related businesses should be required to serve same-sex couples

 

Let me know your thoughts!

 

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2 thoughts on “Religious Freedom > Gay Marriage?

  1. Feel free to take a look at my dissenting view here:
    https://aconservativechristianman.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/is-religious-freedom-the-same-as-bigotry-and-discrimination/
    The issue is not about niceness, but being compelled to create art to celebrate a wedding when you have a closely held religious belief against that type of marriage. While you endorse rules against obscenities on cakes, do you see that “Congratulation Larry and Bill” might be equally objectionable to some people.

    The question is — Where do you draw the line? Many Christians draw that line two steps to the right of your line. We’ll work in out. — Dave

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    • Thank you for opening up a thoughtful conversation on the subject and sharing your viewpoint. I understand that gay marriage is offensive to your religious beliefs. But we all must coexist in this world – how do you suppose we do that?

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