There seems to be no end to the willingness of some people to use social rules as a hammer to force others to behave as they wish. Right now, I’m specifically thinking about the whole “civil rights” movement, and “gay rights” . . .
You see, I agree that it was wrong for Christians to try to pass laws outlawing practices that harmed no one else, but were offensive to them because of their religion. I think that was part of the reason why the Founding Fathers of the US put the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Spirituality, when it’s done right, is private and personal. When it’s done wrong, it’s a hammer forcing ideas on others.
But, it is just as wrong now for “Gay Rights” or LGBT groups to use the courts to try to force anyone to participate in any aspect of their lives involuntarily. That is just the pendulum swinging too far to the other extreme. They are now doing to others what they didn’t like when it was done to them. I agree with my whole heart that everyone should be free to marry anyone who is willing to marry them – but I do not agree that the happy couple has a right to demand that a specific baker make their wedding cake if he is unwilling to do it. Besides – do you really want urine-flavored icing? No, I do not think it HAS happened, but I do certainly believe it is as possible as stirring spit into a bowl of soup.
I see examples of extremism at almost every website that I visit. In addition to which, my dad is a fundamentalist Christian. So, I’ve seen and heard it all – everything, that is, except anyone looking for neutral ground. I’d like to offer that neutrality.
Let’s make a law that absolutely protects the rights of anyone to marry anyone else who freely consents (caveat to the age limits) in all states of the US. But, in the same law, at the same time, we absolutely protect the rights of business owners to refuse service to anyone who is not being directly and immediately hurt by that refusal. With the internet, cell phones, smart phones, 320 million people, 200+ variations on religion, 17,000+ communities, and a half dozen different kinds of transportation, it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone who will do business with you with a glad heart.