Monday, August 12, 2013

Once again, NOM asserts that religion provides a right to discriminate

Discrimination
Once you allow people to discriminate in public accommodations, based upon religious beliefs, there ceases to be be an enforceable anti-discrimination law anywhere in the United States.

National Organization for Marriage is either manufacturing victims, encouraging others to become victims or claiming victimhood themselves. According to Brian Brown:
Many of these Christians are now being asked, cruelly, to choose between their faith and their families' livelihoods. The latest case to emerge is in Grimes, Iowa. The Odgaards, husband and wife owners of Gortz Haus, were too honest to lie when a gay male couple showed up and tried to book their venue for their wedding ceremony. Mr. Odgaard asked if they were looking for a place for a gay wedding. When told "Yes" he said, "I can't take your money and I don't do things for free."
The Odgaards are in an indefensible situation. It's no different than denying their venue to an interracial couple based on religious belief. It they don't like that then they should sell their business. On their website they claim:
The picturesque setting of Görtz Haus makes it the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, baby shower, anniversary or other special event.
How about a Jewish wedding? Do these people believe that we Jews are all destined to hell? If their faith runs that deep, if they are doing God's work, then they should limit their venue to Christians. The difference is that they know that they cannot get away with religious discrimination. Gays? The odds are better. In the end, they are going to pay a fine and sign a consent decree. They are also going to lose some business.

Brian Brown then has the balls to claim that those who object to discrimination are haters:
Because the haters know that their tactics work: they are engaged in a deliberate attempt to intimidate and repress good people like Mrs. Odgaard and her husband, and to scare people like you and me from raising our voices in public. This personal hate is backed up by the iron hand of the law that is likely to punish the Odgaards for what is now in the government's eyes a crime: failing to assist in a gay wedding when asked, even if it violates your deeply held religious beliefs. In the state's view, you must accommodate gay 'weddings' if you do weddings at all.
Gay couples who insist on equal protection under the law are not “haters” Mr. Brown. Discrimination in public accommodations is against the law Mr. Brown. People who object to being discriminated against are not “haters” Mr. Brown. Anti-discrimination ordinances exist for this very purpose, Mr. Brown.

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