Over the past few years we have heard of many Christian businesses and professionals coming under fire from the liberal left and those persons who consider themselves progressives. These crusaders say that they are social fighters against “injustice” and discrimination and they have decided that their view of what constitutes social justice should force those who abide by God’s laws and teachings to turn against the very fabric and understandings of their religion. Christians Doctors are told that regardless of their religious beliefs, they should perform abortions. Regardless of a Christian business owner’s steadfast belief in the teachings of Christ, a growing number of people believe these businesses should be forced to perform services for homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender etc etc.,
Frankly I think it is wrong to force anyone to perform services for members of the LGBTQ community if doing so completely and utterly goes against the teachings of their religious faith. That is why when State Sen. Chuck Strohm (R) introduced the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act, unlike many of you, I did not get all up in arms. Then when Sen. Joseph Silk introduced a similar bill in the Oklahoma Senate on the grounds that the LGBTQ movement was challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out Religious convictions, I shrugged and thought to myself: This is true. Still many of you were very upset.
If I had a storefront business, I wouldn’t serve anyone in a Sarah Palin shirt. I wouldn’t serve anyone in a “I can Breathe because I don’t break the law” shirt. I wouldn’t serve anyone with any Anti-Obama clothing on their person or bumper sticker on their car.
Sorry everyone. I think Christian businesses and professionals should have the right and freedom to practice their professions in accordance with Christian beliefs.
Yet like Oklahoma democrat state Rep. Emily Virgin, I believe that if these Christians professionals should have the right to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, I feel we as consumers should have the right to know this about them so that we can decide if we want to give them our money.
Freedoms aren’t freedom FROM consequences.
Oklahoma Democratic state Rep. Emily Virgin wants Christian businesses to post a public notice of discrimination if they intend to claim that they have a religious right to refuse service to LGBT people.
The amendment to HB1371 introduced by Virgin on Tuesday would require religious businesses to come out of the closet.
“Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites,” the amendment states.
“The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.”
If you feel your religious beliefs should be respected and you should be able to discriminate against those you consider against your dogma, that is fine and dandy. I honestly do not disagree with that.
Yet I feel that it is also my right as a consumer to know this so that I can be sure to never ever everrrrrrrr give you a single portion of my spending.
Because I wouldn’t.
I wouldn’t support you on behalf of my lesbian little sister whom I love more than life itself. I wouldn’t support you for my friend Luc S, Sophia E, Ken, Lauren, Danny and countless others. I wouldn’t support you on behalf of every person that ever took their own life because they couldn’t imagine trying to live in a world that hated them for no other reason than their sexual orientation.
I wouldn’t support you because… it simply goes against my values as a human being.
And although I don’t think ANYONE should force you to betray your religious beliefs and freedoms at ALL.
I TRULY DON’T. Understand that. I do NOT think man’s law should trump the laws of God as you understand them. You have my FULL support on following your beliefs.
Yet I think the buying public should be allowed to decide if they want to support you for it.
I don’t think you should be allowed to hide behind religion.
That’s the thing about freedoms. They give you the right to follow what you think is right. But EVERY freedom comes at a price.
Freedom to do something does not mean freedom from the consequences.
If Christian professionals wish to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, Minorities, etc. As angry as it may make you, That is their right. No one is being killed or assaulted by being refused service. Humiliation? Sure. That is it.
But I don’t think they should be allowed to conceal that fact.
Same goes for me, as I am no hypocrite.
If my beliefs offend YOU in any way, know that I think you have every right to never support the things that I do.
I am 100% willing to enjoy the accolades as well as accept the consequences of my beliefs.
These Christian Professionals and Businesses should be willing to do the same.
Right? If you disagree, let us know why….