Sunday, April 26, 2015

Discrimination is discrimination.

Written by my mother, one of the smartest and most thoughtful people I know:

Very concerned that some are taking up the cause of raising money for the bakers who refused to serve a same-gender wedding. Verbiage including "persecuted Christians" is being tossed about, as if their situation is on par with people who are jailed for holding Bible studies. Friends, these bakers are not being persecuted. It is illegal to discriminate, whether you wrap it up in religion or not. Regardless of the sincerity of belief, discrimination is discrimination. Consider this: in my state of Oregon, the Klan held rallies, marches, and cross-burnings in the 1920s, all in the name of their "Christian beliefs". And those in the Klan were very sincere about the "Christian basis" of their actions. 

So here's what's up: We in America are blessed to have First Amendment protection that allows us to worship without threat of government intervention. And if your religion includes not inviting a same-gender couple into your home for a piece of cake, be assured you are free to never, ever, entertain a same-gender couple in your home, with or without cake. But if selling cakes is your business, you must not question the sexuality of someone coming into your business who wants a cake - you must sell them a cake. And if you refuse, even if you say to sell would offend your religion, you are not being faithful - you are being a bigot. And running your business in a bigoted manner is a violation of Oregon law. No religious persecution here.
Now go read Matthew 22:36-40 and see what Jesus said to do.

Thanks, Mom!!

And I'll save you the trouble of looking it up:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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