How Did Religious Liberty Become More Important Than Human Rights?

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posted March 26, 2015

From CNN, on “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign into law a measure that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of ‘religious freedom’”:

On his website, [Eric] Miller [the head of Advance America and a powerful lobbyist on socially conservative issues in Indiana] highlighted examples of the law’s effect: Christian bakers, florists and photographers won’t have to participate in “homosexual marriage,” he wrote, while Christian businesses won’t be punished for “refusing to allow a man to use the women’s restroom.”

I fail to see how baking a wedding cake is equivalent to participating in homosexual marriage. The baker is not the one getting married. He’s not even attending the wedding. He’s just making a cake.

And a M-F transgendered person who wants to use a women’s restroom is a woman, not a man.

I cannot believe that in 2015 this is happening. I do believe in a Higher Power (although not a Christian God), and if I were to anthropomorphize my HP, I suspect that he/she/it loves all beings and wants beautiful cakes baked and bouquets arranged for any adults who are in a loving, consensual relationship.

I firmly believe that Jesus – upon whose teachings presumably an entire religion is based – would fully embrace gay and trans folk, and would insist that Gov. Pence is doing the absolutely opposite of what he would do. If discriminating against gays is “Christian,” then the term loses any meaning.