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Rights of refusal

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  • John Flanagan posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Feb 26, 2014.

    John Flanagan Posts: 380

    I agree with your thoughtful editorial in many respects. The bill is entirely too broad and can be abused. It needs to be vetoed. But the bill itself raises the issue of the conflict between religious convictions and homosexual rights, which is not the same as civil rights based on skin color. Documented evidence here and abroad have shown examples of Christian business owners, like wedding photographers, refusing to photograph a gay wedding or ceremony because they consider such weddings immoral and contrary to their faith convictions. What gay activists do in these cases, similar to the bakery case in Colorado, is to want the state to then prosecute the business owners with fines or even imprisonment. In almost every case, other businesses which are gay friendly could have been sought. The slippery slope results in a Fascist coercion against people of faith for exercising their rights.
    This issue is divisive, and a narrow bill needs to be enacted to protect the rights of business owners who are placed in this situation and told they must violate their conscience or face state prosecution. No doubt, even among Christians, their is a division of opinion, with liberal denominations agreeing with gays while more conservative denominations viewing it as immoral. There is a middle ground in the public marketplace, however, it is a hot button issue because the gay activists themselves are antagonistic and eager to deny rights to those who do not agree with them and consider this lifestyle immoral.


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