Tyranny Wrapped Up in Tolerance and “Human Rights”

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Once again, the topic of “gay rights” is all over the news concerning a bill that was passed in the Arizona legislature that would give the right for business owners with deeply held religious beliefs to refuse service to someone who would force them to go against such beliefs.

We all know why this bill has come up. It is because of the various lawsuits that have been filed by homosexual activists against Christian businesses that refuse to participate in homosexual “weddings.”

Matt Walsh has a good argument in his post entitled, Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to gay people.

Excerpt:

It’s not that business owners want to “refuse service” to gays simply because they’re gay; it’s that some business owners — particularly people who work in the wedding industry — don’t want to be forced to employ their talents in service of something that defies their deeply held religious convictions.

This shouldn’t be an issue, but it is, because some gays in some states have specifically and maliciously targeted religious florists, bakers, and photographers, so that they can put these innocent people in a compromising position, and then run to the media and the courts when — GASP! — Christians decide to follow the dictates of Christianity.

Yet, the cases that sparked this law are hardly discussed. The progressive mob claims that this legislation is about shoving gays to the back of the bus and making them drink out of separate fountains. George Takei echoed the sentiments of many when he likened the Arizona bill to “Jim Crow.”

And here we arrive at my quandary. There are so many lies being told about this bill; so many ridiculous and offensive exaggerations; so many untruths, half-truths, and truth-omissions; so many dishonest tactics at play, that I’m utterly overwhelmed by it all. The propagandists are shouting from all around me, and I can’t engage them from every side at once.

If I had the time, I’d specifically address the continued comparisons drawn between the historical plight of blacks in America and the imagined plight of gays in present day. I’d point out how this is much like comparing a stubbed toe to the Holocaust.

We should remember that blacks were in chains in this country. They were literally treated as less than human. They could be legally murdered and beaten and starved. They were set apart, cast aside, and violently and systematically oppressed.

Not only are gays in a better position than this, but the two scenarios are diametrically opposite. Unlike historical blacks, gays are afforded special legal protections. They are celebrated by the president, Hollywood, pop culture, the media, mainstream culture, and most major corporations. They are hoisted on a pedestal by only the most powerful and influential people in the country.

Black people ought to deliver a sound verbal smackdown to any historically illiterate gasbag who even attempts to paint the slightest equivalency between the suffering of blacks and gays.

But I could write several pages on this aspect alone, and maybe I will soon.

Continue reading here.

Matt’s article includes recent cases:

Hands On Originals.

Masterpiece Cake Shop.

Elane Photography.

Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts.

 

My comments there and some replies:

People who want a perfect world where absolutely NO discrimination happens are delusional and living in denial. Some types of perceived discrimination is necessary – especially when it comes in a form that harms the souls and spirits of religious individuals. Recall the free speech clause in our Constitution?

In the case of the bakers who didn’t want to participate in a homosexual wedding event by baking a cake – I must ask – what ever happened to the sane and cordial response, “well then I’ll take my business elsewhere”?

I’d like to see this same lesbian couple go to a Muslim bakery (if one exists) and try the same hysterical tactic. If it was in a Muslim country, they may lose more than their “pride” when the refusal comes down at them.

Look people – the homosexual activists don’t want to coexist. They don’t want to be tolerant. They don’t want to respect anyone’s religious beliefs. And, they certainly DO WANT to verbally abuse, attack, and present lawsuits against Christians. Why? Because it is their specific intent to do all those things in order to SILENCE Christians! Whatever happened to live and let live? Is it just a one way street? For homosexual activists, apparently so.

P.S. I read in an article that this lesbian couple had been buying baked goods at that bakery many times. It wasn’t a refusal because of their sexual orientation – it was because Christians believe in the sanctity of marriage as being God-given – strictly as a bond between one man and one woman. If that lesbian couple had followed what THEY have been fighting for – coexistence, tolerance, and respect for religious beliefs – then they COULD have simple said, “I don’t agree with what you say (or believe), but I respect your right to say (and believe) it. Therefore, we will relent upon forcing you to do something that is against your deeply held religious beliefs. We can go to another bakery for our wedding cake.” Instead, they had hissy fits, picketed relentlessly in front of the business, sued the bakery owners, and drove them out of business. Why? All because like stubborn, inconsiderate, demanding, and tyrannical haters of Christians, they acted like children who didn’t get their way. As a result, their stupid lawsuit took down the entire business of the Christian couple. What’s that called? TYRANNY – plain and simple.

What’s next? Jail time for Christians who refuse to be forced into having any part in a sinful ceremony? Oh wait…that already happened to a pastor in Norway!

Because of political expediency, this bill will most likely be vetoed. Then, the same thing that happened to the bakery Christian couple will probably happen many times across the nation.

The homosexual activists should therefore add an additional symbol to their rainbow flag. It’s one that reflects the tyranny that they are imposing upon anyone in America who wants to exercise their deeply held religious beliefs. The Nazi sign.

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Todd says:

February 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Should a Jewish Bakery be forced to make a cake for a skin head movement? She a black catering business be forced to feed a KKK convention if hired?

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k. says:

February 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I don’t buy that by providing photography services or a cake for a wedding is somehow “condoning” the gay marriage. You’re a business selling a service… that’s it! If you go to a Jewish deli, yes, I expect only kosher… If I wanted non-kosher then I’d go to a different deli. If I go to a bakery, I expect them to bake a cake. Your rationale in this argument is ridiculous. To all those who say that gay marriage goes against their religious beliefs… well, then don’t do it. But what give you the right to tell someone else how to live their lives???

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christinewjc says:
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February 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

K. –

You wrote: ” But what give you the right to tell someone else how to live their lives???”

That same statement could be directed at the lesbians who had the intention of “telling the bakers how to live their lives” because the lesbians would either force the bakers to make their cake or sue them – which ultimately resulted in the Christians losing their business.

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Ren says:

And just a little ways down the road, the churches themselves will have to perform gay marriages. http://www.charismanews.com/world/40685-millionaire-gay-couple-sues-to-force-church-wedding

christinewjc says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Yes Ren – just more evidence of how far the gay Nazis will go to get their way.  The money, power and tyranny is so obvious.

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Matt ends his post agreeing that what this is REALLY all about is tyranny:

Maybe that’s what separates liberty lovers from liberals. For all their talk about “minding your business” and “this doesn’t concern you” and “live and let live,” theirs is truly an ideology of compulsion. The free speech and expression of other citizens must be tamed by the whip of their lobbying, legislating, and litigating.

It is, of course, ridiculous to insist that any man or woman has a “right” to have a cake baked or t-shirt printed. It’s equally ridiculous to put the desire and convenience of the would-be cake consumer and t-shirt wearer above the First Amendment rights of the cake maker and t-shirt printer.

But this is tyranny. It doesn’t have to make sense.

Make no mistake: this is tyranny. Tyranny is not injured emotions, hurt feelings, and minor inconveniences. Tyranny is the government compelling a man or woman to conform to a dogma or bow to an idol. Tyranny is when you are forced to abandon your beliefs and fall in line.

And tyranny is still tyranny, even when it comes wrapped in tolerance and “human rights.”

Hat tips to all links.

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4 Responses to “Tyranny Wrapped Up in Tolerance and “Human Rights””

  1. Cry and Howl Says:

    Just stopping by to check on you. Great post! I put something on about it as well yesterday I think. Yours is much better written than mine. Hoping you’re well.

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  2. gmpilot Says:

    Matt Walsh writes:

    “It’s not that business owners want to “refuse service” to gays simply because they’re gay; it’s that some business owners — particularly people who work in the wedding industry — don’t want to be forced to employ their talents in service of something that defies their deeply held religious convictions.”

    In the military such people are classified ‘conscientious objectors’. They realize what must be done, but wish to have no direct participation in the nasty part of doing it. What excuse do these people have?

    CJW: “…Some types of perceived discrimination is necessary – especially when it comes in a form that harms the souls and spirits of religious individuals. Recall the free speech clause in our Constitution?”

    Plenty of religious individuals in the past have had their souls and spirits harmed: Jews, Quakers, Sikhs, Baptists, Catholics, Mormons, slaves who were taught the religions of their masters. I wonder just how much of that perceived discrimination was ‘necessary’.

    CJW, addressing K. :

    “You wrote: ‘But what give you the right to tell someone else how to live their lives???’
    That same statement could be directed at the lesbians who had the intention of ‘telling the bakers how to live their lives’ because the lesbians would either force the bakers to make their cake or sue them – which ultimately resulted in the Christians losing their business.”

    Except that those bakers did not ‘lose’ their business—they closed it down out of spite. Even then, they didn’t ‘lose’ it. They simply turned it into a home business, which operates under different legal rules than commercial ones; rules that DO allow for their bias.
    I’m sure the owners of Chick-Fil-A (whom you’ve also supported) feel much the same as the bakers of Sweet Cakes did, but they aren’t as selective of their patrons. A dollar from a gay person spends just as well as a dollar from a straight person, and can even be used in “furthering the kingdom” or whatever the phrase is. You know: “what Satan meant for evil, god can use for good”. That’s what I’ve heard you say.

    “What’s next? Jail time for Christians who refuse to be forced into having any part in a sinful ceremony? Oh wait…that already happened to a pastor in Norway!”

    If you’re referring to Abe Green, no, it didn’t. He wasn’t arrested, he wasn’t charged, his case was dismissed, and he never spent a day in jail. Have you a more recent example?

    It appears that, with the legislation so much in the news, Arizona’s governor has chosen to veto it. Something about it making the state “look bad” and losing revenue, or some such.

    You could always move to Uganda. I hear they have a proper Biblical attitude toward gays, but even there they’ve grown soft; their bill now sentences gays to life in prison, instead of death, as god intended.

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  3. christinewjc Says:

    Hi Steve!

    I read your post and it was very good! You made great points that I missed in my essay.

    Yesterday morning, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. He was discussing this topic. A caller claimed that we should “follow the money” on this issue. Rush, at first, seemed to balk at the idea. Rush’s thinking was similar to ours – the homosexual agenda’s desire is to crush Christian beliefs in the public domain and replace it with humanistic idolatry and perversion. Of course that is true, but the caller takes it even further. It became very clear that gaining money to promote their cause(s) certainly is a motive for these lawsuits! It’s not just all about fighting against “discrimination”. That is the excuse they use in order to thwart religious liberty, while at the same time gain money by winning cases in court. And, what do they do with that money? Continue to spread their propaganda (much of which is equal to communist propagandist goals) to the unsuspecting. This is all under the guise of preventing “discrimination.” Such individuals believe that they are being “kind,” “supporting,” “high minded,” “noble” and magnanimous towards the homosexual community ;when all the while such individuals taken into the “collective” don’t know that they have been trapped in satan’s snare and are dragging these unrepentant sinners as well as themselves down into a gutter of eternal doom.

    It’s all just one of satan’s biggest lies – after all, Lucifer turned satan had the goal all along to subvert God’s authority and his motive was power in order to get people to “bow down before” him. How sad it is that so many believe this craven and dastardly disguised pro-homosexual agenda lie. They have a veil over their eyes, propaganda instilled into their minds, and an evil trick destroying their hearts, spirits and souls. This particular strategy of darkness is so strong it’s to the point that they can’t even see the deception! Ultimately, if they don’t awake from their stupor, they will lose their chance at redemption

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  4. The Narrow Gate | Talk Wisdom Says:

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