Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tossup: Is Charisma News nuttier than Michael Brown?

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Someone at CharismaNews seems to have gone a tad overboard with a headline that reads: “ Levi's, Twitter, Apple and About 80 Other Companies That Support Perversion.” Actually, if you read their letter, those businesses support their bottom line.
The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.

Enter anti-gay ex-Jew crackpot, Michael Brown, who resides in North Carolina:
A state like Indiana passes a Religious Freedoms Act that mirrors national law, as a result of which gay bullies and their allies threaten to pull their businesses from the state — from Wal-Mart to Apple to Craig's List to the NCAA — and within days, the governor and the legislation cave, passing a new law that makes things worse than ever. (This happened in March, 2015; the Indianan legislators and governor have since pushed back to some degree.)
Except that Indiana's law would not have mirrored federal law. It changed the definition of “person” to include any entity including a business which could be a public accommodation. Moreover it created an affirmative defense to charges of discrimination which would have had the effect of invalidating local ordinances. Contrast that to the federal RFRA which applies solely to the federal government. Brown continues:
We cannot let this happen in our states (I have lived in North Carolina since 2003), and as believers nationwide, we must stand together and reject these pressure tactics and call them out for what they are: unethical, strong-armed bullying.
Bullying? Seriously? Aside from the grammatical error it is rather strange to call advocacy for nondiscrimination bullying. Also it's just fine when they do it. Remember this?
http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/2015/04/you-would-think-that-dummies-at-nom.html
Must I list all of the Christian boycotts of businesses simply for ensuring that their employees are free of discrimination? There is even a Christian website that reverses the HRC rankings in an effort to direct Christians where to buy stuff. Companies with high HRC Corporate Equality Index scores are guilty of nothing other than treating their employees fairly. Apparently for doing so they should be shunned. That is no more sensible than Michael Brown on his best day.

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