Indianapolis, Indiana (TFC) – The viral story about a pizzeria owner stating that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked and the ensuing backlash has flooded newsfeeds across the country. None of these articles have addressed the most important question in regards to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. Exactly what religious grounds are being used to justify the refusal to serve?
Christian doctrine is based on the Bible. Although Jesus never condemned homosexuality, there are sections in the Old Testament that do. For those unfamiliar, Jesus fulfilled the law and offered His blood as payment for all sin. Because of the lack of Biblical support for the open condemnation of homosexuality, those that want to use the Bible to justify their hatred point to condemnation of “fornication.” Fornication in Greek was “ekporneuo” and means “utterly unchaste”. It includes all forms of sex outside of marriage. Unless the pizzeria would refuse service to dating couples that are sleeping together, those who cheat on their spouses, and so on; the religious basis for the refusal is void. More to the point, under Christian doctrine acceptance of Jesus Christ washes away all sins. Apparently, the Blood of the Lamb is strong enough to wash away the sins of murder, rape, adultery, theft, and idolatry but just can’t quite cleanse those evil gays. The stance that gays can’t be Christian cheapens the blood of Christ.
Nowhere in Christian doctrine does it suggest to disassociate with sinners. You’d be pretty alone if you did because no one is without sin. Instead, it says to allow sinners to see Christians walk in the path of Christ. It says “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). So, what would Jesus do? If you ever read the Bible, you know:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
It seems pretty clear that there is no doctrinal basis for refusing service to homosexuals. By doing so, you not only cast yourself as a bigot but as a bad Christian.
This is the reason Christianity is losing the WWF match between the world’s religions. For a heathen pagan such as myself, what incentive is there to convert? I simply see the same hypocrisy and disguised hatred that is predominant in the secular world. I don’t need a religion for that; I can freely hate people for no reason and still have my Sundays free.
To be honest, Neo-Nazis deserve more respect because at least they are honest about their beliefs and don’t attempt to hide them under the guise of showing me the path to Heaven. If you want to be a bigot, fine. No problem. You’re free to hate whoever you choose, however disguising that as some religious belief in order to gain the state’s protection is simply infuriating.
The pizzeria suffered a major backlash because of the comments. The owner went on (of course) Fox News to whine about the mistreatment. Owner Kevin O’Conner said:
“Because I don’t believe in something that they want, they see fit to be angry about it… It’s just been ugly. I don’t know what to call it.”
Here’s another free Biblical lesson for you about what Jesus might have done: when Jesus encountered people perverting religion for their own ends, He flipped over tables and chased them out of the building with a whip. I don’t think He would be all the upset over some negative online reviews.
Many will be upset over debating someone’s religious beliefs and calling them into question. These will undoubtedly be supporters of the Indiana law. This debate is the same one that will be carried out in a courtroom every single time somebody tries to use this law as a defense for bigotry. They will have to show demonstrative proof of their religious beliefs.That’s what happens when you support a poorly written law.
I can already imagine my inbox tomorrow filling up with hate mail. Before you write me to excommunicate me or whatever, please find anything in the Bible that shows homosexuality as any more of sin than premarital sex. As such, how would you justify discriminating against one and not the other on religious grounds?
Furthermore, the law is so poorly written that the immediate outcome of any challenge to a refusal of service for a gay wedding will still result in a loss for the business. By stating that the wedding is the reason for refusal of service, the business owner demonstrates that (as long as the wedding is being conducted by any religious leader) the business is discriminating based on the religious beliefs of the customer. That is a violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act. See what happens when people attempt to use the power of the state to attain special treatment? If you want the ability to discriminate like the bigots you are, you need to campaign for a general right to refuse statute rather than use some cowardly half-assed attempt to hide your hatred behind a holy book.
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