Thursday, September 11, 2014

ADF is pimping Barronelle Stutzman - again

Alliance Defending Freedom must have gotten some bucks off Barronelle Stutzman the last time around. Last May they tried to make a hero out of a bigot. Stutzman owns She refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding in violation of Washington's anti-discrimination laws for a public accommodation.

Aside from the obvious, that selling flowers is not the same thing as entering into a same-sex marriage, Stutzman decided that her religious beliefs (no matter how misguided) trumped a lawful anti-discrimination law. The very purpose of these laws is to prevent people from making decisions of this kind when it comes to public accommodations.

According to ADF's money-grub email:
When asked to create floral arrangements for a longtime client’s same-sex ceremony, Barronelle lovingly and respectfully declined. She decided that she could not use her God-given gifts to approve of and celebrate a ceremony that violates God’s plan for marriage. Now, she finds herself at the center of the storm resulting from the movement to redefine marriage in this country.

It is now clear that for advocates of homosexual behavior, this is not about “tolerance.”
There is no way to “lovingly and respectfully” tell people “we don't serve your kind here.” Apparently Stutzman and ADF don't get that simple fact. Just imagine the uproar if someone said “we don't serve fundamentalist Christians.” Some poor court clerk would be besieged with briefs. How many organizations would coalesce around a boycott of the offender?

Then there is that second paragraph referring to gay people as “advocates of homosexual behavior.” Things in Fundamental Land are very simplistic. God created everyone just perfectly as male and female heterosexuals. It'sd a way of denigrating gays as people with a bad habit. And what? They expect us to be tolerant of bigotry?

Before they get to the gimme your money part, there is this bit of stupidity:
Their goal is to compel you to endorse and celebrate homosexual behavior even if it requires you to sin against God.

That’s why we must defend Barronelle. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because attacks on her religious freedom are also attacks on the religious freedom of you and all Americans.
Again with the behavior BS. More importantly, they want people to believe that selling flowers or baking a cake or renting out a venue is a sin. It's rubbish. It's not an endorsement and certainly not a celebration. It's just business. It was Justice Scalia, of all people, who wrote the decision in Employment Division v. Smith. The Supreme Court held that there are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws. This is settled law.

At least for now the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not apply to state laws. However, Republicans continue to introduce license-to-discriminate laws.
  • Does it piss you off?
  • Are you registered to vote?
  • To you intend to exercise your right to vote?

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