Marginalizing Christianity is reaching epic proportions

Coffee klatch to SCOTUS – LGBT bashes Christians

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Marginalizing Christianity is reaching epic proportions as LGBT, in particular, threatens believers in business and in church. Taking the discrimination to new levels beyond targeting businesses to provide service that force owners to defy the tenets of their faith, when the shoe is on the other foot LGBT business owners flatly refuse all service. For clarification – these two responses to providing service are not equal.

Anti-discrimination laws, such as the one to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, have supposedly been enacted to protect individuals from being refused service based on their sexual preferences, ethnic or racial make-up. Evidently, the laws seem to be exclusionary of protecting persons with religious convictions. Hence the Masterpiece Bakery, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.

As of October 10, 2017, Mississippi enacted a law specifically designed to protect faith-professing individuals from having to act in opposition to their beliefs. It seems, however, that some business owners of the opposite persuasion, i.e. LGBT, seem to think that discrimination is acceptable if it is against a faith and its practitioners they may happen to despise.

No such luck, Mr. Gay Coffee Shop Owner.

There is a general concept that a business owner may refuse service to someone for sanitary or respect reasons (“no shirt, no shoes, no service”). But if someone has the means to pay, is not forcing the business owner to supply service outside the confines of their ability or mission, nor is rude and disrespectful to the business owner, it is reasonable to assume the owner would fulfill the service.

Laws created to protect the customer must also protect the proprietor, but in this day and age, they don’t for the most part. This being the rationale behind Mississippi’s new law, it proposes to allow Christians, and other such believing faiths, to refuse service that condones, glorifies or promotes same-sex marriage, sex outside of heterosexual marriage or that transgenders can change their sex, no matter how much they try.

As a basic constitutional precept, government does not have the power to force individuals to act in defiance of sincerely held religious beliefs, yet that is precisely what LGBT supporters demand. With President Trump’s reversal of the Obamacare mandate that compelled employers with a religious objection to provide contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, another denial of religious freedom is removed.

Looking at the situation that arose in Seattle at a coffee bar owned by a gay man, he felt it was his duty to eject patrons who had not confronted him with any objectionable activity, dress or language. Using the foulest utterances that he could contrive, he refused to allow Christians to sit in his establishment once he had discovered their religious beliefs. They had not confronted him or made mention of anything regarding religion or his personal preferences. They were there to make him money without infringing on his lifestyle in any way.

This is not what anti-discrimination laws uphold. The discrimination in both instances of the SCOTUS case and the Seattle barista meltdown was on the part of bigoted LGBT advocates against adherents to Christianity. One in attempting to pressure Christians to bake a cake for a religiously objectionable ceremony, the other was simply putrid hate for people who disagreed with a preferred lifestyle, even though the Christians made no offensive comment or confrontation.

In the first case, the business owners were happy to supply any other service except one that flouted their religious convictions. In the second case, the business owner refused service to customers based on their religious conviction.

It comes down to understanding that discrimination does not go only one direction; it is applicable to all parties. LGBT are not exempt from being discriminators, any more than persons of color, creed or a specially recognized religion (read: anything other than Christian or Jewish), in order to denigrate, defile and demonize every being whom disagrees with them.

In both these cases the perpetrators of prejudice and discriminatory practices happen to represent the LGBT community.

Sorry, but you can’t have it both ways.

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Former newspaper publisher, A. Dru Kristenev,  grew up in the publishing industry working every angle of a paper, from ad composition and sales, to personnel management, copy writing, and overseeing all editorial content. During her tenure as a news professional, Kristenev traveled internationally as both a representative of the paper and non-profit organizations.

Since 2007, Kristenev has authored four fact-filled political suspense novels, the Baron Series, and two non-fiction books, all available on Amazon.

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