I find it amusing — actually, pathetic — that some writers in the United States are crying “discrimination against Christians!” over recent court/labour rulings in that country that found some businesspeople discriminated against clients on the basis of sexual orientation. In other words, the guilty parties — citing their religious beliefs — refused to serve gay clients. Christian writers are saying, essentially, that not allowing these businesses to discriminate against customers is, in fact, discrimination against the businesspeople. Sigh . . . Talk about perverse, twisted logic.
The law in those jurisdictions is clear: Business cannot discriminate against people. Period. Sexual orientation, race, religion, gender identity etc. are all irrelevant. Everyone must be served equally. If a businessperson cannot abide by the rules, then they should find another line of work that won’t conflict with their religious beliefs.
Christians are not being discriminated against or persecuted in these cases. They broke the law or labour rules that all businesses must follow.
Meanwhile, Christians need to face reality: Not everyone thinks the Bible is the word of God, so Christians should stop spouting Bible quotes and wagging their fingers at everyone who doesn’t share their beliefs — which a lot of people think is just superstitious nonsense written by ignorant people thousands of years ago.
But think about all the other things that gays have done to Christians! Murdering them in the streets, harassing them, banning them from marrying or serving in the military or teaching in public schools, trying to cure them with electroshock therapy. It’s terrible!
Oh wait, no, that’s what Christians in America do to gays. My mistake.
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Spot on, Jillian. Christians complaining about discrimination is like the Wolf crying foul because Little Red Riding Hood declined to be eaten.
It should be noted that these “Christian” values/opinions are not representative of all Christians. There are many who are making a serious effort to include LGBT folk in their Church.