Monday, January 12, 2015

NYT column provides excellent counterpoint to 'religious liberty' sham

The column in Sunday's New York Times by writer Frank Bruni -  Your God and My Dignity Religious Liberty, Bigotry and Gays - is a dignified, but still take-no-prisoners counterpoint on the anti-gay idea of religious liberty.

It is also an important piece because it is the first (and hopefully not the last time) I know of that someone from the lgbt community has articulated our view on this subject in the mainstream media. We need more of this because if there aren't our voices being heard on the concept of 'religious liberty,' the only voices heard will be those coming from the anti-gay right:

. . .  Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with (and even dependent on) the general public.

Their owners are routinely interacting with customers who behave in ways they deem sinful. They don’t get to single out one group of supposed sinners. If they’re allowed to, who’s to say they’ll stop at that group?

  . . .  I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish — in their pews, homes and hearts. But outside of those places? You must put up with me, just as I put up with you.

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