I posted this on Facebook and I will share it here as well:
“In light of Pride Month, I want to understand something and maybe some of my LGBTQ friends can enlighten me:You say this month and is all about the pride to be who you really are so you don’t have to be persecuted anymore for loving who you want. You say that this pride is not the sinful, selfish form of pride.Why then do you seek to destroy the lives of anyone who speaks against you? The crossfit director who was fired, the bakery owner who declined to decorate a gay wedding cake, Christians who refuse to sign marriage licenses, churches who refuse to host gay weddings, Christian florists, the list goes on and on. You (and I’m speaking of a collective “you”) believe these people hate you, and your response doesn’t seem to show the love you so loudly profess. I’m willing to hear your side of things, as well as face backlash for even posing these questions.”
Please let me know what you think. Hopefully we can have a discussion without resorting to swearing or name-calling.
Because differing beliefs and discrimination are not the same thing.
Because fighting for your rights is not the equivilant of “destroying someones life”.
The law says lgbt individals can marry- IT IS THEIR RIGHT. So when a worker refuses to sign a marriage liscense (when thats their job) they are not only refusing to do their job, but they are also ignoring the law.
Your religion does not have power of the state/national laws. We are a secular nation. We have secular laws. You dont get to decide whether or not other people drink, get tattoos, eat meat, write with their left hand, OR GET MARRIED.
If doing your job goes against your beliefs that is not on the people you are providing the service to that is on you and you alone.
The baker who refuses to bake the cake is discriminating. We are not forcing them to make a specific product or to run their business a specific way. We are asking for all individuals to be treated as equals. You dont get to discriminate and claim its your religious right. Its not.
If you believed that black people were immoral or if you had a “holy text” that stated poc were less than you and you refused to service them no one would argue that that is discrimination. This is the same thing.
Could you imagine if you refused to sell your product to women, poc, or left handed individuals?
If you can’t do your job because its against your beliefs, find another job.
******** I keep using we, but i dont ‘think’ I actually fall into lgbt+??? so consider the we as me speaking as an ally~ Im not trying to speak for others who are actually in the community******