That anguished howl you heard over Indiana and Arkansas last week was the noise made by homosexual predators who had been robbed of their prey. That squishing sound was governors and legislators yielding to the predators’ demands. I won’t even try to guess what concessions they will have made by the time this essay is published.
“Gay” militants—and if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it—have grown accustomed to seeking out and destroying small business owners whose Christian beliefs forbid them to take any active part in same-sex parodies of marriage. If there are 300 florists in a city, and only one of them is a Christian faithful to God’s written world, guess which florist will be issued a demand to decorate a lesbian event.
When the Christian florist declines, as she must, the “gays’ run to their friendly government “human rights” (LOL!) agency and the Christian’s livelihood is destroyed—by heavy fines, threats of imprisonment, and sometimes even by the ultimate expression of totalitarian arrogance: mandatory sensitivity training.
At the same time, the Christian victim is widely and publicly denounced as an enemy of the people and a hater—although it’s impossible to imagine many things more hateful than the behavior of the “gays” and their lackeys in the government and courts.
To put a stop to this, Indiana and Arkansas passed laws patterned on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993—a statute that has obviously been ignored throughout America ever since it was enacted. Before the ink was dry in those two states, the united forces of the Christian-bashing Left went straight to DefCon 4. Confronted by the berserk outrage of the nooze media, Organized Sodomy, corporations dedicated to the appeasement of the “gays,” and the inevitable Democrats, the governors of the states buckled.
A restaurant can still refuse to serve you if you come in wearing flip-flops, or shirtless. But the Christian owner of a business has no right, it seems, to refuse to participate in someone else’s sin.
This little caper has never yet been tried on Muslim business owners. There was a case in Canada in 2012 in which a lesbian demanded that a Muslim barber give her a businessman’s haircut, which the barber declined to do, for religious reasons; but that case was quietly burked out of court, and the steel cage match averted.
No one wants to go on record saying there should be no religious freedom in America—even if they believe that religious freedom, like religion itself, especially the Christian religion, is obsolete and hateful and wrong, and why don’t those ignorant plebs just shut up and let themselves be guided by their betters? That’s one of those aspects of progressivism that’s not quite ripe for public airing.
So how can we preserve religious liberty without spoiling the homosexuals’ fun in Christian-baiting? And what about the long-term secular humanist project of banning its chief rival, Christianity, from any role in public life?
Dare I suggest we can’t? The gaydeology crowd demands supremacy; and having come this near their goal, what could possibly persuade them to turn back?
If it were really badass Christians in the driver’s seat, forcing all Americans to go to church twice a week, and pray, we all know what the Left would say. Don’t answer that we have a First Amendment to prevent that from happening. If the First Amendment cannot protect Christians from being forced to participate in activities against their faith and consciences, it won’t be able to protect “gays” and atheists, either. It either lives for all, or else is dead for all. There’s no way to have “some” First Amendment.
To please the “gays” and their allies, we are about to kill the First Amendment.
It then becomes a question of mere politics. Who is strongest at any given point in history? Who is best able to ram his program through, crushing any opposition?
The Bible gives Christians no warrant to force their beliefs on others.
But in the long, sad history of this fallen world, when has that ever stopped anyone from doing so?
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