Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When NOM and WND combine anti-gay hostility

NOM: UK B&B Couple Subject to Obscene Messages, Harassment In Addition to $6,000 Court Fine. National Organization for Marriage actually got this from a WND Exclusive. Oy veh. Here's how WND frames the issue:
A judge in the United Kingdom has ordered the owners of the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Berkshire to pay nearly $6,000 to two homosexuals for hurting their feelings by not allowing them to occupy a double bed.
"Hurting their feelings?" Imagine Joseph Farah's outrage if someone refused service to him because he is Christian? If they refused service to Farah because he is batshit crazy, that would probably be a good idea and legal. But I digress. It turns out that this is not an exclusive. The source is "The Christian Institute" which appears to be the UK version of Liberty Counsel.

According to Susanne Wilkinson, the owner of the B&B:
We believe a person should be free to act upon their sincere beliefs about marriage under their own roof without living in fear of the law. Equality laws have gone too far ...  I am a Christian ... as Jesus expects from his followers. That’s all I was trying to do and I think it’s quite wrong to punish me for that, especially after enduring over two years of vile abuse and threats. We find this a strange justice in a society that aspires to be increasingly tolerant.
Many conservative Christians seem to have a learning disability when it comes to the concept of public accommodation.  "The Swiss Bed & Breakfast" (which consists of three bedrooms, each with a private bathroom) is a business that caters to the public. That it is also the owner's home is irrelevant. Furthermore, it is idiotic to think that imposing your religious beliefs on others is what "Jesus expects." Moreover, does this nitwit confirm that every heterosexual couple at their B&B are actually husband and wife? And, does she have any problems booking a room for the Eisenbergs who won't be attending church on Sunday?

Finally, until someone forces Mrs. Wilkinson to share a bed with another woman, her religious freedom isn't compromised.

The real victims here are the gay couple. They were made to feel unequal and diminished.
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