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Focus on the Family: LGBT Nondiscrimination Policies Discriminate Against Christians - VIDEO

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In a new video, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink host Stuart Shepard explains how when there’s a “tie” between Christians and other protected classes, the Christians always “lose.”

Shepard uses the example of the Oregon bakery owners who were found guilty of unlawfully discriminating against a gay couple when they cited their religious beliefs in their refusal to bake a wedding cake for said couple.


ThinkProgress breaks down Shepard’s faulty logic:

Shepard is right that religion is a protected class in Oregon, but he’s wrong about what that entitles Christians to. Oregon’s law applies only in specific contexts, such as employment, housing, and public accommodations — the latter being the relevant one to the bakery. A public store-front business is a public accommodation, and so it is illegal to provide wedding cakes to straight couples and not to gay couples. Similarly, it would be illegal to provide wedding cakes to Jewish couples and not Christian couples, and in such a case, the Christian couple would be protected by the same law. Therefore, both classes are protected equally. There is no protection in the law related to how to run a business.

Earlier this month, FotF began a new evangelical campaign with the message that gays are made in the image of God and therefore deserve respect. Apparently that “respect” just doesn’t include employment, housing, and public accommodations protections…

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  1. Maybe because you're all bigots. We're not asking you to partake in any LGBT ceremony --- all we're asking you to do is provide a service that you advertise is 'open to the public' and for which you charge a fee. We are willing to pay the fee. We are a member of the group known as "the public". By not providing the service and trying to excuse yourselves with some lame assed reason...well...you're bigots and should not have a license to practice in the public venue. If you just want to be open to a 'select group' then you are free in this country to do so as a private concern but NOT to hold any license or maintain any establishment that is ostensibly open to the public.

    Posted by: eorge Deeming | Jan 26, 2014 12:50:27 PM

  2. And in the same way laws against racial discriminiation discriminate against racists ...

    Posted by: borut | Jan 26, 2014 12:55:12 PM

  3. The reason Shepard’s logic is faulty is due to the fact that he's LYING.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 26, 2014 2:08:19 PM

  4. They will never understand that the reason they SHOULD be discriminated against is they out and out hurt people. They want people to get hurt. That's why we are enacting ways to protect ourselves from these cretins....I mean so called Christians.

    Posted by: todd | Jan 26, 2014 3:38:30 PM

  5. Evangelical, fundamentalist christians are pure, unmitigated filth.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 26, 2014 3:40:10 PM

  6. Religious exemptions to the law (any law, whether marriage or property tax) should be resisted strongly and consistently.

    If the law is to mean anything, particularly in our case, it must apply to everyone equally.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 26, 2014 4:10:28 PM

  7. The irony being that the "sin of sodom" was actually inhospitality and not being kind to strangers, so these so-called Christians are now actually promoting sodomy.

    Posted by: Lexis | Jan 26, 2014 4:18:10 PM

  8. You hateful gay people are making us Xtians look like mean-spirited people and that's just not fair, not fair at all. Didn't we just say that gay people are made in the image of god and deserve respect? Just what do you want?? Seems like everywhere we turn now, we are being bullied by gays who demand equal treatment, and some of those gays call us names and some have even turned other Xtians against us, like that United Methodist guy that performed a marriage for his gay son - good thing he was defrocked. You all should read more Bible stuff and learn about kindness and compassion. After all, we have a right to our religious viewpoint. If we want to make a wedding cake for dogs, that's our business 'cause God surely wants married dogs in Heaven. He just doesn't want you.

    Posted by: rroberts | Jan 26, 2014 4:19:39 PM

  9. Ah Christians, the only class of people who think they should have special rights...

    Posted by: Robert M. | Jan 26, 2014 4:28:20 PM

  10. Is it possible these people are actually serious? Ugh.

    Posted by: KC | Jan 26, 2014 5:16:03 PM

  11. Focus On The Family always provides my recommended daily allowance of Christian butthurt. Helps lower my blood pressure and keeps me regular.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 26, 2014 7:29:36 PM

  12. @rroberts. poe?

    Posted by: jaker | Jan 26, 2014 11:58:42 PM

  13. Yes KC they are serious. Because they are STUPID. That is why they are fundamentalist Christians. See how that works?

    Posted by: emjayay | Jan 27, 2014 12:21:39 AM

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