Monday, June 10, 2013

NOM's Betsy Kerekes Expects Religious Exceptions to Anti-discrimination Ordinances

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination against certain protected groups in businesses and places that are considered "public accommodations." 

Betsy Kerekes is the editor of the National Institute for Marriage blog for their Ruth Institute.  Apparently, she is mistakenly wed to the belief that there are religious exceptions to anti-discrimination ordinances. There are not which is why a restaurant owned by members of the Christian Identity Church are obligated to serve blacks and Jews.

It's also nothing new. Religion has been used to discriminate against minorities for years. The trial judge in the criminal case against the Lovings which became the predicate for Loving v. Virginia said this from the bench:
Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.
Today, Kerekes wrote a piece for the blog titled Colo baker could go to jail for refusing to make cake for ‘gay wedding’ with the sub-heading "More tolerance." The scare quotes are sophomoric. Neither she nor her Church have the legal right to define what a marriage is. We all get the idiotic "More Tolerance" thematic. When conservative Christians act like bigots and we respond, we are intolerant. Sure. Maybe that sells among the faithful.

Kerekes then goes about re-printing an AP piece well beyond anything that might constitute "fair use." These conservative Catholics seem to have a real problem respecting the intellectual property of others. The link is to another right wing site which also is probably not an AP licensee.

We all know the story here. Someone violates a nondiscrimination ordinance and they become a victim of gay marriage. And, no, the baker is not going to jail unless he violates a cease and desist order. Even then, it is likely that he will be fined. Either way, he is only a victim of his own stupidity.

Ms. Kerekes needs to get some life experience outside of the NOM bubble.
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