There’s a popular narrative at work within certain segments of the conservative religious right in America. Buoyed by Donald Trump’s election and motivated by bigotry, these elements seek to perpetuate a myth – namely that Christianity is under attack. The aggressors are ‘radical homosexuals’ who are targeting Christian businesses.
I quote from here:
It seems that radical homosexuals in America are not satisfied with the victories they have won in recent years. Homosexual hate for Christians is nothing new and it seems they won’t be satisfied until Christian believers are ground to dust. The recent ruling against a Christian florist in Washington state is another example of the anti-Christian bias that is growing across the nation.
The thing is, there are great swathes of America where being LBGT means you have zero protection at state level from discrimation – you can easily be denied a job, or fired for your sexual orientation. Protection for transgender people is even worse, and this is to say nothing of the continuing efforts in parts of America to repeal anti-discrimination legislation. There is currently no federal (nationwide) law that prevents housing discrimination against the LGBT community, though several states have enacted such laws.
The idea of an ‘anti-Christian bias’ might therefore need something of a reality check. The example given above concerning a florist doesn’t actually fit the idea that homosexuals are ‘targeting’ Christian businesses (and what is a Christian business?). For all we know, the couple asking for flowers had no idea of the business owner’s faith, but even if they did, should a business (which is not a religious institution) not be expected to discharge its responsibilities in accordance with the law of the land?
This is the latest worrying wave moving across the US.
The story is a tired one. A homosexual couple targets a Christian establishment, knows they will be denied service for their so-called wedding, then they sue. Once the suit is filed a complicit liberal judicial system rules in favor of the poor aggrieved couple. Rinse, repeat, ad nauseam. The government’s position seems to indicate that the rights of the homosexual supersedes the rights of the Christian. Apparently if you own a business your liberty and conscience are automatically negated.
Hang on, since when is expecting a business, which should not be exempt from law, to operate in accordance with the law, be considered a sign that homosexual rights somehow override Christian rights? Is providing flowers to a customer really anything more than providing flowers? Or is it used as a pretext to say ‘I don’t like your lifestyle, so I’m going to make life more difficult for you’? The bottom line is, why should a person’s private beliefs be allowed to influence businesses? Whether you are a customer, an employee or an employer, what right do you have to use your faith to override someone else’s rights to fair and equal service?
By creating special rights for non-deserving groups the government has jeopardized the rights of others. Prior to the advent of special status homosexuals could hold jobs, attend school, attend worship and participate in any legitimate activity. Yes, there were laws against sodomy and other sexual activity that was deemed deviant, although most of these laws were routinely ignored.
To be honest, much of this paragraph is a lie. As I mentioned earlier, at state level there are still large parts of the US that offer no protection against discrimination when it comes to employment, or for that matter home ownership, and those are but two issues out of many. What the LBGT community seeks isn’t special treatment but equality, which even in 2017 in a country like America, they still don’t have.