I had no intention of writing today. I have a long to-do list that needs my attention, but I just couldn’t help myself. There are asshats who need to be addressed.
Asshats DuJour: The American “Family” Association.
Those quotes are mine–because the AFA isn’t really about Family at all. They’re about Family*.
*Family defined as only those that look, act, and believe like the Association.
*We speak for the Family that includes one Penis, one Vagina, and the offspring created “as God intended.”
Oh, AFA, it’s amazing that’s not even the reason you’re an asshat in this post today. You
Might Be Are an Asshat because you say that anyone who doesn’t believe the same as you is a bully. Seriously. You think that someone who speaks up in opposition of your position is bullying you? Not true, AFA. Disagreeing is NOT bullying.
Let’s get some background on the issue: Mississippi’s Governor recently signed a “religious freedom” law that protects business owners from having to go against their faith by serving customers who do not live up to the standards of their beliefs. You know, in the same way that Jesus made sure to shun the lepers, prostitutes and heathens who weren’t living like he was. So, basically, in Mississippi, business owners can legally discriminate against anyone who doesn’t live according to the Word. You know, those who are divorced, take the Lord’s name in vain, do any work on the Sabbath, speak ill of their parents, want anything their neighbors have, have sex outside of marriage …. ALL of those who make it so business owners are not able to “live out the dictates of their Christian faith and conscience.” Oh, wait. Nope. Just The Gays.
These Christian business owners have been feeling perfectly fine in their faith taking money from all those other sinners. These “Christian” business owners want to be able to legally deny service to their gay customers. All the rest of the sinners aren’t bothering their faith and conscience. It’s just The Gays.
Well, as far as I can tell, unless these business owners are being forced to have sex with those Gay Customers, I don’t see how serving them is any different than serving anyone else. How does talking with, taking photos of, making cakes for, serving lunch to, or playing music for gay couples compromise one’s faith? How is that different from providing those services to other “sinners”?
These “Christian” business owners who intend to invoke their religious freedoms according to this law would be out of business in a hurry if they used it in EVERY instance where they’d be serving a sinner. Maybe that’s what we should lobby: if you choose not to serve one customer because their lifestyle goes against your beliefs, you CANNOT serve any customer who engages in behavior deemed “sinful” or un-Christian. That’s fair, right?
Here’s the real asshat behavior: The AFA is upset that there are business owners in Mississippi who want it known they will NOT be discriminating against any customers. These businesses are displaying a sticker in their front window. AFA spokesman Buddy Smith said, “It’s not really a buying campaign, but it’s a bully campaign, and it’s being carried out by radical homosexual activists who intend to trample the freedom of Christians” to discriminate against whomever we feel isn’t up to our Christian standards. Our ability to persecute others is being persecuted and we don’t like it. OK … so I added that last part, but I know that’s what he really meant.
Here’s my message to the American “Family” Association: You don’t have to like what other people do. You don’t have to agree with it. You can base that on faith, education, bias, bigotry, or experience. And, based on the first amendment, you’re allowed to voice that opinion. But, remember, other people have that same right. We’re allowed to say we don’t want to be lumped in with bigots like you. We (business owners included) are allowed to say that we welcome EVERYONE into our homes, lives, businesses. It doesn’t mean we’re bullying you. It means we don’t agree with you. Just like you can say the “gay lifestyle” goes against your beliefs, we can say discriminating against other people (whether protected by law or not) goes against ours. You say that means we “wish to silence Christians and the church who dare to believe this truth [that homosexuality is sinful behavior].” It’s not a matter of “silencing” you, it’s just that we also have a voice … and we’re using our voice to say We Will NOT Discriminate.