Monday, April 6, 2015

AFA claims that RFRAs are required because we were angry

American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group, sent out an email to supporters Monday afternoon with a message that reads, in part:
Indiana and Arkansas lawmakers headed back to the drawing boards recently to rewrite language for their states' respective Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), due to heavy backlash from businesses and advocates of homosexuality.

The angry opposition to religious freedom is the exact reason every state needs legal protections for faith.

Of course nobody opposed religious freedom as the message claims. The opposition was to grants of religious freedom (defined by a right to discriminate) at the expense of the personal freedoms of other citizens. Laws intended to allow for discrimination do tend to make the targets a tad unsettled. Even angry. I don't want to re-litigate events in Indiana and Arkansas so I'll jump to the concluding paragraph.
Americans should never be asked to violate their convictions against homosexual behavior by endorsing it through their businesses. Our nation thrives only when we tolerate a diversity of opinions and not allow the government to punish citizens for their beliefs.
The notion that selling cake is somehow an endorsement of a group that one disapproves of is preposterous. Chances are that the baker has sold, and will continue to sell, wedding cakes to people who are divorced. Is that an endorsement of marital discord?

If one has "convictions against homosexual behavior" then they should abstain from engaging in homosexual behavior.  Beyond that they should keep their opinions to themselves and, in commercial transactions, be guided accordingly.

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