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Sunday, December 21, 2014

The bigots-are-going-to-be-bigots open line

Posted By on Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Here's your open line with the not-unexpected news that so-called Christians will fight to the death to legally discriminate against gay people.

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* NO QUARTER GIVEN BY BAPTISTS: We've written about efforts underway to rewrite a Fayetteville  civil rights ordinance, likely to omit specific transgender protection and to provide exemptions for religious organizations. Good Christians Larry Page of the Faith and Ethics Council and a Washington County Baptist preacher say that's no good; Any ordinance that might prevent a commercial business from discriminating against gay people is an infringement of their religious liberty.

It wasn't long ago that good Christians in the South like these said their religion demanded discrimination against colored people, but Congress passed a civil rights bill anyway and the Supreme Court has upheld it.

This is no different.

But the haters want you to believe it's an affront to religion if a baker, photographer, stationery store, hotel or tux rental outfit might get gay cooties from providing services to somebody who's perceived gayness and gay activities offend their religious sensibilities. It's not about religion at all. They simply demand the old discredited position of the ability to refuse service to those they don't like.

If you have the requisite state and city permits to do business in the city of Fayetteville, you should provide those services on a non-discriminatory basis. It might also offend one's sense of Biblical teaching to serve people who sin in other ways besides lying with someone of the same sex — commit adultery, steal, hate  — etc.  But you'd be laughed out of the room — not to mention take a damaging blow to hour business — if you refused to serve fornicators.

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