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Ed GeorgeOctober 18, 2019 at 7:54 am
Should a Christian baker be forced to attend a SSM marriage if it violates his or her religious beliefs.
My understanding is that the issue is just baking a cake, not attending the wedding. He may be required to deliver the cake, but that is not the same as attending the service.
Should that baker be required to depict SSM sexual practices on a cake they do not offer to the general public?
No. But they also wouldn’t be required to depict opposite sex sexual practices. Has this every been an issue?
I agree that the issue revolves around the line between religious freedom and anti-discrimination. In the past, people used religious freedom as an argument against inter-racial marriage, but that didn’t pass muster. But in spite of this, it is my understanding that any church can still refuse to conduct a wedding service for an inter-racial couple. And I would support their right to do this, even though I personally think that they are being racist.
Many states have laws that prevent businesses from discriminating based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation in the delivery of their services. The baker and florist fall under these laws. Providing a service is not the same as condoning the practice. For example, JW’s do not believe in transfusions or transplants. But an emergency room doctor who happens to be a JW cannot refuse to provide transfusions on religious grounds.
How low does your IQ have to be, to think that the Federal Gummint is going to force bakers to hand-illustrate gay sex scenes on cakes?
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