Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Todd Starnes tells of the persecution of those poor Oregon bakers - and then some

Todd Starnes
Todd Starnes, Fox's culture warrior du jour, writes about all those unjustly persecuted Christian victims. The florist, the baker and the picture maker. According to Starnes, “Oregon: Christian Businesses Must Follow Demands of Gay Customers.” Towards the end of the sob story (which is surprisingly accurate for the most part) Starnes cannot help himself:
Perkins told me that in many cases, gay couples are targeting businesses owned by Christians.

That would be Tony Perkins, of course. "Targeting" is the wrong word and "many" is hyperbole. It is quite possible that members of the LGBT community are testing businesses for compliance with anti-discrimination laws. In the 1960's Jews and Blacks did the same thing finding restricted hotels and racist establishments. Businesses that comply with the law have nothing to fear. The very fabric of our society is woven of laws that citizens are expect to obey. It's a simple concept. Starnes continues:

“Individuals are being persecuted and prosecuted using the leverage of the government through these homosexual activists,” he says. “Government has become a weapon that homosexual activists are using against Christian business owners.”
Every LGBT person who expects equal protection becomes an "activist."  The real persecution occurs when someone is told “We don't serve your kind here.” If Perkins or Starnes got a speeding ticket they would claim that they were being persecuted as Christians by an unjust law. Being required to obey the law is not persecution. Starnes concludes:
And if you have any doubts about the validity of Perkins' claims, just ask the Klein family. They know what it’s like to incur the wrath of militant homosexual bullies. And they learned that in today’s America, gay rights trump religious rights.
“Militant homosexual bullies?” In point of fact the Kleins blatantly broke the law. The law is unambiguous. Such laws have withstood challenge all the way up to the Supreme Court. There are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws. Filing a civil complaint does not make one a bully. Nobody is forcing the Kleins to operate a public accommodation.

Starnes and Perkins have both participated in denigrating the LGBT community. They have done so at every possible opportunity. They both have loud voices which they use to construct a mob. Exactly who are the bullies here?
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