Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The bigots are complaining about "a climate of intolerance and intimidation "

Ryan T. Anderson - balding
and bearded.
Our old friend and Defender of the Faith™, Ryan T. Anderson, along with his research assistant, Leslie Ford, have penned an article in the National Review titled Bake Us a Cake, or Else! The subtitle to this little opus is “Marriage laws should not treat religious believers as bigots to be purged from the public square.”

When did the Mad Hatter substitute pity for tea?

According to these two geniuses:
Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.
What Anderson is referring to, of course, are the many non-discrimination ordinances throughout our nation that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. To suggest that non-discrimination laws are some form of discrimination creates a forehead denting moment.

In almost all cases these laws exist because the people's elected representatives have decided that LGBT citizens and taxpayers should be treated equally. Oh the "coercion!" I'm just guessing that back in the Jim Crow days, some nitwit Christianist said that African-Americans were seeking "special rights" and the theme has been used ever since.

What these people are seeking is the right to discriminate and that is a special privilege per se.

Yes, Americans must be free to live and love how they choose, but we should not use government to penalize those who think and act differently. Protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms. All Americans should remain free in the public square to act in accordance with their beliefs about marriage without fear of government penalty.
Mr. Anderson most certainly does not believe that “Americans must be free to live and love how they choose.” Anderson has been telling us for years that marriage equality is the end of the world. Now he wants to act like some sort of libertarian? Has Mr. Anderson simply accepted the inevitability of national marriage equality?

All of this drivel is predicated on the preposterous fallacy that religious liberty requires that businesses have the right to deny service to someone that the business owners don't like. They keep referring to "Christian businesses" as if the business has a religion.
  • They have the right not to marry someone of the same sex.
  • Their church has the right not to solemnize a same-sex marriage.
  • Mr. Anderson has every right to condemn people who act contrary to the teachings of the Church.
But that's not good enough! Ultimately, they want to say that taking pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony would be sacrilegious. It's rubbish!

Anderson devotes three paragraphs of this treatise to Elane Photography. Those are the folks who refused to photograph a commitment ceremony in 2006 and were ordered to pay $6,600 in attorney's fees. This has been going on for eight years at taxpayer expense. Apparently, the photographers, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, have not incurred legal expenses due to the intervention of ADF. It took a year for the district court to bounce this back to the state where the matter has been tried and appealed (twice). They are now appealing the matter to the United States Supreme Court.

My guess is that the Court will decline to hear the case. Scalia's decision in Employment Division v. Smith would seem to have settled the issue.

Writing for the majority, Scalia stated that the Court has never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law prohibiting conduct that government is free to regulate. Allowing exceptions "would open the prospect of constitutionally required exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind." Of course nothing is ever really settled in the orthodox religious world.

We haven't heard the last of this from Mr. Anderson. After all, the real intent is to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else. The new tactic will be similar to what they tried to do in Kansas which is poised to write legal discrimination into state law. The bill is so pernicious that a police officer could refuse to come to the aid of a gay couple. Our fight for equality is bound to continue for decades.
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