News That Will Drive You to Drink
The Frosted Tips Twins are back to explain to us that the ‘mos are not discriminated against, it’s the Xristians who are the true victims:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
That’s our First Amendment right—it’s called the freedom of religion.
This protection guarantees we’ll never have a statewide religion—like what we had in England—and it also safeguards our right to exercise, or live out, our religion freely.
Who is this “we” of whom you speak, in England? Not all Americans are of English descent, and probably most of us who have been here for a few generations are mutts. But do continue:
A recent headline last week asked the question, “Is it acceptable for Christian business owners to refuse service to gay people?” At first glance, most honest Americans would say, “Of course not!”
This was our reaction as well, because in our mind we could easily replace the words “gay people” with any number of other folks and answer the question the exact same way: “Of course not! If you’re in business you should serve everyone.”
OK, I’m with you now.
But this response doesn’t actually answer the real question, which should be, “Is it acceptable for Christian business owners to be forced by government to service ceremonies, events or messages that are against their beliefs?”
Full stop, there, Frosties. No one is forcing a business owner to participate in any ceremony. Does the baker attend all the birthday parties? Does the florist propose to your boy/girlfriend for you? No. They provide goods for the Adams and Eves, and it is no different if they provide them for the Joes and Jameses or the Suzies and the Sarahs. Get over yourselves.
You see, this conversation or debate over religious liberty has been framed to suggest Christian business owners are refusing to serve gay people in this country—when in actuality nothing could be further from the truth.
“I refuse to bake a cake for the ‘mos who want to get hitched.” Seems pretty definitive to me.
Religious objections in the marketplace have nothing to do with refusing to service people. Rather, they have everything to do with forced participation in ceremonies, messages and events that are against believers’ consciences… Discrimination against gay people simply does not exist. To say otherwise is disingenuous at best and misleading at worst.
Sweet Jeebus, this is when I have to close the tab. This is nuts. This country reeks of discrimination against everyone who is not a white, male, cis-gendered Xristian. And the Twins are too privileged to see it. In many places in this country, you can lose your job and your home for being gay. You also can lose your life, and if the Frosted Tips Twins had their way, every paramedic would be able to pass helping people that they disapprove of, and the mortuary wouldn’t have to accept your remains.