Dangerous, faulty logic.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been inundated with news in the last week or two about all the “religious liberty restoration acts” being passed in states around the U.S. The good news is that the overwhelming reaction has been censure. The best counter-act I’ve read about is that Wilco cancelled their planned May concert in Indiana. In the end, sanity, love, and reason are winning.

But I’ve read two different commentaries in the paper this week (David Brooks and Kathleen Parker) that carried a disturbing message. Both columnists made an argument that went something like this: “Of course discrimination is wrong. But people really should not be forced wholesale to do something that goes against their religious beliefs. And those who think they’re being discriminated against should just cool their jets and be patient. After all, gay couples can simply go to some other bakery to buy their wedding cakes for now. It will all get worked out in the end.”


Here’s why this argument absolutely does not hold water:

  1. No legitimate religion/denomination holds that discriminating against those with whom we disagree or those of whom we disapprove is an acceptable way to live.
  2. Any religious group that claims their rights are being trampled if forced to do business with LGBTQ people is living in a very ugly and now illegal past. About 50 years ago we finally settled the fact that businesses cannot decide which customers to serve based on a certain genetic trait that customer bears. Can’t do it, folks.
  3. Many of the power-wielding people in the U.S. used this “be patient, it will all work out in the end” line during the years of the civil rights movement. It’s SO easy to take that line when you’re not the one having to be patient while being told you’re not as good as everyone else.
  4. Take it to an extreme: Let’s just imagine that some religious group believes people who wear polyester/cotton blends (yes, there is an Old Testament law that prohibits the wearing of blended fabrics) are spawn of the devil who should be ostracized from their businesses and communities. No matter how deeply held this belief is, it is factually (not to mention morally) WRONG. Should the rest of our society be forced to allow these people to live out their beliefs? Anyone remember Nazi Germany?

Both Brooks and Parker worked to sound imminently reasonable in their columns. “Hey,” they were saying, “I believe in the rights of gay people. Just not if it’s bothering someone.”

It’s not reasonable. Sorry, guys.


4 thoughts on “Dangerous, faulty logic.

  1. I saw a news video yesterday about a florist in a rural town in Georgia who refuses to sell flowers to gay people. They can’t wait for the law to pass here so that they can ‘legally’ do it. When the reporter asked if someone who came into their store who had committed adultery, would they sell to them. The response was yes. Why would they sell to them and not to the gay community? Her response was —- are you ready? — “being gay, transgender, lesbian, or bisexual is a different type of sin”.

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    • Ugh. I heard about that from one of our pastors. In our sermon Thursday night the other pastor made an oblique but pointed reference to the “religious liberty” crap, and afterwards I told him it was all I could do to keep from running up and hugging him then and there.

      The fallacy that being LGBT or Q is a sin in the first place makes me absolutely ill. Not to mention the ridiculous idea that some sins are worse than others. Sad, sad, sad.


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