While race and sexual orientation are two completely different things, it’s amazing how similar many of the reasons racists often used decades ago to support segregation and bans on interracial marriages are to the arguments made today by many conservatives who oppose equal rights for homosexuals.
Remember, it was widely believed by many that the Bible supported segregation and that it was a “right” of anyone (or any business) to be allowed to discriminate against anybody they opposed.
Nowadays the new phrase often used by conservatives is “religious freedom.” It’s essentially a term they’re using to try to justify their desire to force their religious views on others. Somehow, in their delusional world, they believe that preventing them from being able to deny one person’s right to freedom of (or from) religion, by forcing their views on those who do not support them, is somehow an infringement on their rights.
Well, a Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma, state Sen. Joseph Silk, has sponsored a bill that would allow businesses in the state to discriminate against customers by citing “religious freedom.”
The bill, called the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015, would essentially legalize the right for businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. As we all know, that’s what lies at the heart of all of this nonsense.
“The L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions,” Silk said.
He also went on to argue that members of the LGBT community need to be accepting of those who oppose their rights, suggesting that the rights of business owners trump their rights.
“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store,” he continued. “People need to have the ability to refuse service if it violates their religious convictions.”
It’s reprehensible to suggest that a homosexual person would have to fear going into a store because they might be denied service. It’s utterly ridiculous that in 2015 we’re still having to have these debates.
But even going beyond homosexuality, what if someone claims that it’s against their religion to serve women, minorities or Muslims?
While this bill is clearly directed at homosexuals, when you give someone the right to discriminate based on religion, you open the floodgates for nearly anyone to get away with almost anything by citing “religious beliefs.”
These kinds of bills are laughably absurd. It always amazes me how obsessed so many seem to be about homosexuality. It’s as if these people spend most of their lives just obsessing about the actions and lives of members of the LGBT community.
And while Republicans on the state level continue to try to pass these laws, with some succeeding initially, they will never stand up in court. They’re just political stunts that will ultimately just waste a lot of time and taxpayer money to end up being ruled as unconstitutional because our First Amendment couldn’t be any clearer.
Laws in this country cannot be based on religion, because to do so would force religious views on those who might not believe in them, and that’s unconstitutional.