"And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness."
Only in the bass-akwards world of a the American leftist, does the right to the wedding caterer of your choice (a right that doesn't even exist) supercede the constitutional right to freedom of religion.
I get it just fine.
All I'm saying is there are alternatives to this issue: 1) make a distinction in your business marketing, written (posted) policies or signage that you are a faith-based business, or 2) form your business as a for-profit religious entity following the same guidelines as subparagraph 1 above. In this way, patrons know exactly the type of business activity you conduct AND who your target market would possibly exclude.
Frankly, I think using "religious liberty (freedom)" as an excuse not to provide a service or sell a product merely masks bigotry because no one is forcing the business owner to exercise his religious beliefs (i.e., pray or perform religious rituals) in any way that goes contrary to their religious convictions. This pizza parlor certainly wasn't forced to do it. The owner merely made the statement that he wouldn't cater a gay wedding and look at all the publicity he/she has received. This without ever catering to a gay wedding for as long as the business existed.
I'm simply of the opinion that unless you make it clear that your business markets to a limited clientele your doors are open to everyone.
But that religious right was meant to extend only to one's person religious freedom, not from a business perspective. In other words, what faith you decided to practice, what God you decided to worship and how you choose to worship. That's what the Constitution enshrines, not how your religious beliefs constrain you from making a profit.Let's face it... The only ones who are being forced to sacrifice, are the people who object to gay marriage on religious grounds. Religious freedom is a right afforded Americans in the constitution, while neither having food, a photographer and a cake at your wedding, nor demanding who provides those things, is not.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 04-04-15 at 10:38 PM.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
If they refuse to cater a birthday party for someone who is gay, then they are discriminating against the individual, since to my knowledge birthday parties do not violate the religious tenets of Christianity, Judaism or Islam.
Stop making bogus claims just to prop up your support for discriminating against people of faith.