Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ADF: The purpose of anti-discrimination laws is to punish Christians

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, the virulently anti-gay Christian legal group, laws intended to protect LGBT citizens from discrimination are really designed to punish Christians. In a blog post titled “When’s the Last Time You Paid Attention to City Hall?” ADF claims:
Cities across the U.S. are contemplating new laws that would put “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same category as race or religion.

This addition is not meant for the innocent purpose of guaranteeing that all individuals receive basic services, however. In effect, these laws – called sexual orientation, gender identity (SOGI) ordinances –are often used to punish individuals who wish to live and work according to their faith.
Self-righteous and self-absorbed, the folks at ADF seem oblivious to the ideals of justice and equality. What ADF really wants (cloaked in religious freedom rhetoric) is the right for people to refuse service to fellow citizens they disapprove of. Isn't that precisely what anti-discrimination laws were designed to prevent in the first place? It used to be Jews (perhaps it still is) and today it's gays. Who's next to be judged inferior?

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