Should Religious Conscience Justify Discrimination Against Gays?

same sex couples not wanted at bakeryDiscrimination. It is supposed to be outlawed by the government and constitution. So should we allow exceptions if your religious beliefs conflict with legal reality?

According to the Christian Post, “The #ACLU is busy chipping away at religious freedom in our country again. They have successfully brought suit in the Denver area to force a Christian cake-maker to violate his own beliefs or face a fine.

This story is becoming increasingly common, where a Christian baker, florist, photographer in good conscience cannot support the homosexual lifestyle. Yet the authorities are forcing them to violate their conscience or lose their livelihood.

Bakery Refuses To Serve Gay Couple

The latest case involves Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Writing for the AP (12/6/13), Ivan Moreno notes: “A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday….The order says the cake-maker must ‘cease and desist from discriminating’ against gay couples.”

A slippery slope indeed. Especially when the article leaves out the religious basis for this discrimination. Instead it says “So is this what the ‘tolerance’ movement comes down to? Forced acceptance of that which one knows instinctively is wrong.”

Religious Conscience, or Personal Hatreds?

In other words, what the article claims is if you “know instinctively” that something is “wrong” (in your eyes), you should be able to ignore the law and discriminate against certain people or groups at your leisure. That’s not exactly what the exercise of religious conscience is about. Not that the latter is a cakewalk either.

I wouldn’t care to Β imagine a world where religious beliefs let us pick and choose who we get to discriminate against in our daily dealings. It’s always possible that you’ll be the next target. What do you do then: appeal to the law you helped get passed?

ACLU: “So Much for the Right of Conscience. Can we discriminate based on our religious beliefs?” #Christian Post http://ow.ly/rKOpW #faith #lgbt #anti-gay #oppression

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