From Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson:
“The headline reads ‘A License to Discriminate.’ And the New York Times editorial board goes on to claim that Arizona has just passed ‘noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty.’ The Times got it wrong. The proposed legislation never even mentions same-sex couples; it simply clarifies and improves existing state protections for religious liberty. And as the multitude of lawsuits against the coercive HHS mandate and the cases of photographers, florists and bakers show, we need protection for religious liberty now more than ever.”
Respecting religious liberty for all those in the marketplace is particularly important. After all, as first lady Michelle Obama put it, religious faith ‘isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well.’
What the Times dubs ‘discrimination’ is in actuality simply liberty. Liberty isn’t about acting only in ways that the New York Times approves of. Liberty protects the rights of citizens even to do things we might personally disagree with.
Read more: Heritage.org.
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