"Religious Freedom" = Discrimination = Hate

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    Mississippi’s so-called “religious freedom” law went into effect today, opening up the LGBTQ community to widespread discrimination.

    HB 1523 allows anyone citing a religiously motivated reason to deny goods and services to the LGBTQ community, as well as those who have sex outside of marriage, or anything else that might rub their dogmatic sensibilities the wrong way.

    It comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions issuing guidance memos on behalf of the Trump administration to steer the Justice Department in a similar direction, giving wide protections to those who discriminate in the name of their religious beliefs. [LINK]

    Does anyone know what part of "The Bible" makes denial of service to sinners mandatory?

    I know it says "gay = bad" in a few places, but it also says "divorce = bad" and "shellfish = bad" and "picking up sticks on a Saturday = bad".
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    The Bible, at least to my knowledge, does not say "gay = bad"


    Does anyone know what part of "The Bible" makes denial of service to sinners mandatory?
    I don't know about this either.
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    The Bible, at least to my knowledge, does not say "gay = bad"

    Does anyone know what part of "The Bible" makes denial of service to sinners mandatory?
    I don't know about this either.
    Would it be fair to say that you believe any Christian denying medical treatment or home repairs or groceries to someone because they look like a homo would be immoral?
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    Maybe under some unusual special circumstances it is possible, but I don't see how one would gracefully arrive at such a conclusion, especially if it is unlawful. By your plain meaning, that is a fair assessment.
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    If a gay person doesn't receive service, they can go to another store to get the service they want.  Not all businesses will refuse to serve gay people.
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    of course you are correct, but this is an anti religion argument and an authoritarian way of making people do what they don't want to do.  These are the same people who make the argument that people have the right to choose over their own body, but apparently that choice is only limited to killing things, not labor, property they own or services they offer.
    I find it hypocritical that they want autonomy and choice over what they do with their own bodies but would force people to use their bodies to labor and provide services to those they have religious objections to.  Funny how that works.
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    Does anyone know what part of "The Bible" makes denial of service to sinners mandatory?

    I know it says "gay = bad" in a few places, but it also says "divorce = bad" and "shellfish = bad" and "picking up sticks on a Saturday = bad".

    We need protection for religious freedom. Religious freedom goes hand in hand with anti-discrimination. Removing one of these violates the Constitution.
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    If a gay person doesn't receive service, they can go to another store to get the service they want.  Not all businesses will refuse to serve gay people.

    Don't be ridiculous.  You can't say that every community in America has a majority of reasonable businesses catering to the public in every sector.  Congress still needs to address this issue, adding something to the effect of "sexual orientation" to the civil rights act.
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    If a gay person doesn't receive service, they can go to another store to get the service they want.  Not all businesses will refuse to serve gay people.
    The same could be said for any minority.  Just go somewhere else...

    Git outa my town!!!

    What Would Jesus Do?
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     You can't say that every community in America has a majority of reasonable businesses catering to the public in every sector.
    If there are 20 businesses for a certain product, about 12 of them would be pro-gay.  A gay person can simply go towards one of these businesses for trade.
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    Well, I probably shouldn't argue the rationale of the civil rights act in this setting.
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    The same could be said for any minority.
    Not every minority.  The bible is fine with some minorities, like immigrants.  But not gays.  The bible says they won't go to heaven.  I don't agree with this; I'm not religious, but the bible is the bible.

    What Would Jesus Do?
    He would encourage conversion therapy so the gay people can do God's will and be straight.  
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    .The bible is fine with some minorities, like immigrants.  But not gays.  The bible says they won't go to heaven. 
    No, it doesn't, and if it did, that would be irrelevant to the topic at hand because humanity exists in a fallen state and we are all born into sin.  Salvation is possible by the Grace of God through Jesus Christ.

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    Would it be fair to say that you believe any Christian denying medical treatment or home repairs or groceries to someone because they look like a homo would be immoral?
    Not addressed to me of course, but yes, this would be immoral. But this is not what these laws are promoting. The problem that some people are having with these laws is what they speculate may happen. A business refuses to design a product for a gay marriage may lead to a gay person being denied medical treatment because he/she is gay. The challenge is sincere religious belief can mean anything. So if a doctor sincerely believes he should avoid treating a gay person on religious grounds, the lawmakers will honor it. But this is why we have judges. If this was a black and white issue, we wouldn't need judges.

    These laws center around incidences where business owners did not refuse service based on the customer's sexual preference. in each case it was about refusing to design something supporting a form of marriage they disagree with for religious reasons. The lawmakers, who are not dealing with these issues from the comfort of an internet forum, had to deal with business owners who showed no sign of hatred, bigotry, vindictiveness, etc. In each case it was made clear they wouldn't refuse service to a gay person or couple except when it involves designing a product celebrating a same-sex union.

    In spite of this, there's a constant perpetual accusation made concerning discrimination.The word discrimination is thrown out indiscriminately. So yes, laws protecting religious freedom are definitely necessary.





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    It seems very clear that this bill is aimed at protecting religious organizations, and marriage is very much something we consider sacred, at least in Orthodox Christianity. In fact, marriage is considered a sacred mystery.


    And yes, it would be an abomination to perform a homosexual "marriage" in the sanctuary of an Orthodox.


    I certainly see it as a right of a business owner to be able to refuse service to anyone, and deal with the consequences of those decisions.





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    If it is immoral to force a christian to offer goods and services to the lbgtq community then it is immoral to force muslims, buhdists and/or atheists to offer goods and services to the christian community. 

    If it is immoral to refuse services to christians based on religious disagreeance then it is immoral to refuse services to the lgbtq community based on religious disagreeance.
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    Mississippi’s so-called “religious freedom” law went into effect today, opening up the LGBTQ community to widespread discrimination.

    HB 1523 allows anyone citing a religiously motivated reason to deny goods and services to the LGBTQ community, as well as those who have sex outside of marriage, or anything else that might rub their dogmatic sensibilities the wrong way.

    The bill could be mischaracterized in the OP, at least according to what I have read through section two, where it formalizes a list of well known religious beliefs.  I haven't had time to seriously look through it yet for any flaws.
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    If there are 20 businesses for a certain product, about 12 of them would be pro-[black].  A [black] person can simply go towards one of these businesses for trade.
    The question is, what is the "Biblical" teaching that makes denial of service mandatory?
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    If it is immoral to force a christian to offer goods and services to the lbgtq community then it is immoral to force muslims, buhdists and/or atheists to offer goods and services to the christian community. 

    If it is immoral to refuse services to christians based on religious disagreeance then it is immoral to refuse services to the lgbtq community based on religious disagreeance.
    Well stated.
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    The question is, what is the "Biblical" teaching that makes denial of service mandatory? 

    I wouldn't say that anything is mandatory in Christianity.  I would say what we have here is a matter of conscience.

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    I wouldn't say that anything is mandatory in Christianity.  What we have here is a matter of conscience.
    I fail to see how discrimination is ever conscionable.

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    Example - Only upon being proven guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt with fair trial, should someone go to prison.
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    So long as this axiom applies equally to everyone I fail to see what your example has to do with discrimination.
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    You are speaking as though discrimination is limited to discrimination on the basis of identity.  Discrimination is a necessary aspect of life.

    Discrimination: recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.

    By the way, we could easily make up classes and say that it disproportionately effects those identities.