Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
Matthew 18:7-9 (ESV)
So as of this writing, the First Amendment Defense Act hasn’t been passed, but boy I hope it is soon. Essentially, the act would remove sanctions placed on Christian businesses for refusing a service for religious reasons (for example, the Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding). It will protect the religious freedom of business owners.
NBC says it’s a bad thing. They basically claim that “It’ll let people discriminate because they hate gay people.” Hating gay people is the fake mainstream news’ means of making Christians, the most loving religion on the planet, look like a bunch of bigots.
Of course, this is false. We don’t hate gay people. But many Christians believe that because homosexual acts are listed as sinful in the Bible, they shouldn’t participate in them. After all, the Bible tells us all that it’s awful to cause another to sin.
This wouldn’t have been such a giant problem if the sanctions against such businesses didn’t seem to apply exclusively to Christian businesses. However, in the video below, a man poses as a homosexual and goes to Muslim-owned bakeries to ask if he can have a cake for a gay wedding. I’d encourage you to watch the video below, but long story short, they all turn him away. No government sanctions or media backlash come their way, of course.
The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Essentially, the government has no right to prohibit the free exercise of religion. Again, there are some reasonable regulations, like no murdering people or worshiping in a way that could get people killed. But speaking reasonably, the government shouldn’t be allowed to force a business to participate in activities they don’t want to participate in.
You can say anti-discrimination is a reasonable regulation for religious businesses, but that’s just not true. Again, Muslim bakers are totally ok in the public’s eye for doing the exact same thing.
Not to mention, we live in a capitalist society with a free market. If you can’t be served in one place, you can find another baker who doesn’t have the same policy. Now, does this justify racial discrimination or other forms of discrimination? Of course not! But if a business is taking an action for religious reasons, the government has no right to force them into anything. And the FADA will make sure the government follows the First Amendment and stays out of our religion. . Just something to think about.