Posted: 08/30/14 00:11, Edited: 08/30/14 00:12
by Dave Mindeman
Christians have taken the idea of religious freedom way to far....
A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs. Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze. "Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run," he said.
If you think this Christian couple have been wronged, I want you to think about a few things.
First of all, how were the Giffords prevented from exercising their own personal right to practice their religion? Were they stopped from going to church? Were any of their beliefs questioned? Were any of their own personal religious practices obstructed in any way?
Secondly, how were their beliefs violated? Obviously, they think that a gay wedding is not something they think their beliefs condone. OK. Were either of them or any of their family members involved in the wedding? No. Were they forced to personally recognize the wedding as legitimate? No. All they were doing is hosting the venue. What happens at the venue after they have been paid for its rental is really none of their business.
The Giffords business has them hosting weddings. They do not perform the ceremony. They don't have to even like the people getting married. And if they are going to run a business open to the general public, then they cannot discriminate against the people who pay them for its use.
This did not violate any of their religious beliefs - it only violated their prejudice. And apparently, they believe that their religion allows them to be prejudiced.
My guess is that they have people use their venue for getting married who have differing religious views all the time. They probably have secular ceremonies as well. But what they are essentially telling us is that their religious belief allows them to discriminate based on their own personal idea of who they think should be allowed to be married.
That is simply bigotry. And certainly not the free exercise of religion.
If they want to shut down their business so that they don't have to allow their venue to be used for gay marriages, fine. That is their right and under the circumstances, probably the best course of action.
But if they believe they were treated unfairly, then they are also wrong.