|This person is also standing up for "values"|
Christians need to oppose this law and others like it. These laws make our faith out to be the religion of gay-bashing. Apparently, according to these types of bills, hating gays is so integral to our faith that we need legal protections to continue our unabashed campaign of abuse. Is that really what we want people to think of Christianity, that its primary focus is making sure we can treat gays as second class citizens? Is that how we want people to think of us?
Furthermore, these laws make our faith seem to be so very weak, so delicate, that the moment we don't treat gays like they are beneath us we'll abandon it completely. It makes Christians look like emotionally immature children in adult bodies, throwing a screaming fit because we might have to deal with a gay person or gay couple like we do every other person. It's hardly being a "good witness" as I used to hear in church growing up.
Let's not forget, Jesus once healed a Centurion's servant, and the Romans not only held very different religious beliefs, they were an occupying force. And if the Son of God didn't compromise Himself performing a miracle for one of them, what does that say about today's Christians and how they should treat gay people?
This unapologetic bigotry in the guise of religion is one of the reasons that young people are abandoning churches. Young people, and young Christians, don't think that oppressing gays is vital to their faith. They do not believe that following the Golden Rule when it comes to gay people is a compromise of their values.
After all, what is the core of Christian faith? Jesus died for our sins, we are forgiven, so go out and love everyone. Part of loving everyone is fighting for justice and equality, even for people who don't share our specific faith. There's not an exemption on the Golden Rule if the person is gay. There's not an asterisk next to the Second Greatest Commandment that allows you to opt out if it means in any way looking like you might inadvertently "support" a gay person or gay couple.
We Christians need to lead the fight for justice, justice for all, not preserving privilege for a few. We certainly shouldn't be in favor of passing laws that make it legal to discriminate against people.
Finally, if you aren't swayed by my talk of justice, let's also be a bit pragmatic. Have you considered the possible unintended consequences of this bill? Do you think this could be used to abuse Christians? Because I wouldn't be surprised to find a few Christians being on the receiving end of discrimination based on someone else's religious values. After all, Christianity isn't the only religion in the United States.
Let's look at how the fine folks over at the Satanic Temple have used similar religious laws to their advantage. After Christians built a big Ten Commandments sculpture and put it in the statehouse, the ST commissioned a satanic statue to be built next to it. And since one religion is allowed to place sculptures in the Statehouse, it opens the door to everyone.
This is a silly example, of course, but it illustrates a larger point. Laws protecting others from discrimination by Christians ALSO protect Christians. We start changing the law to get around that, and others might take advantage. Next time it might not just be a silly statue. If we truly care about justice, let's make sure everyone, including ourselves, is protected. (See how that Golden Rule works?)
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