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Montana Anti-Gay Group Rebrands LGBT Non-Discrimination Policies as ‘Forced Participation Ordinances'

Jeremy Hooper over at Good As You points out the Montana Family Foundation’s new tactic of rebranding LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances as “Forced Participation Ordinances” in the hopes of drumming up more opposition.

MffWrites MFF:

What would Montana look like if the government could force you to say something you did not believe, or force you to participate in an activity that violates your conscience? It would forever change who we are as a people, and it’s closer to happening than you may think.

Forced Participation Ordinances (FPOs), or Non-Discrimination Ordinances (NDOs) as our opponents like to call them, supposedly ban discrimination of homosexuals, bisexuals and transvestites. FPOs have already passed in Missoula, Helena and Butte, and efforts are underway to pass them in Bozeman, Billings and Dillon, as well. 

The MFF letter goes on to state that the ordinances “trample religious freedom,” “threaten public safety” (no evidence provided) and are ultimately unnecessary:  

We need to remind government officials that there’s a big difference between true tolerance and forced participation.  True tolerance is what we have now.  In fact, Montana is so tolerant that our opponents have trouble pointing to any examples of discrimination.  The Missoula ordinance was passed three years ago and the Helena ordinance was passed nearly two years ago, and neither has been used.  Not even once.  If this becomes state law, Montana’s live-and-let-live attitude will give way to forced participation, and Christians will become targets.

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  1. Oh, poor babies.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 21, 2014 1:06:07 PM


  2. LOL.. please don't throw me in the bramble patch... I don't want to be forced to participate in gay sex.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 21, 2014 1:13:14 PM


  3. Aren't they trying to force us to participate in their religion?

    Posted by: David | May 21, 2014 1:20:49 PM


  4. You mean like forced participation in christian prayer at government meetings? Forced financial support of straight married couples through tax deductions and other benefits? Forced support of religious organizations through continuation of their ridiculous tax exempt status? That kind of forced participation?

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 21, 2014 1:34:50 PM


  5. Yes, known Christians are huge targets in Montana. It's practically unsafe for them to live there. Thank God for the decent folks at Montana Family Foundation who are fighting for the "freedom not to participate" in these ordinances that shield gay people from hate. Yawn.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | May 21, 2014 1:36:14 PM


  6. It is Montana....what do you expect flowers and love...won't happen. Write them off as a lost cause.

    Posted by: jades | May 21, 2014 1:42:59 PM


  7. "What ... force you to say something you did not believe, or force you to participate in an activity that violates your conscience? It would forever change who we are as a people, and it’s closer to happening than you may think."

    For the best example of being forced into a role you don't desire you should look to the LGBT community. After all, who better understands the anxiety, depression, anger and fear of being forced to conform to another groups ideals of what's best for them. Having laws placed to stop them from advancement or leading productive happy lives.

    Let those who understand and have actually lived it help you learn. If you fear this could happen to you, we understand. We've been the victim of power running wild and the damage it can do. A good place to start is by us all leading equal lives - exactly what the feared non-discrimination ordinance will insure.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 21, 2014 2:14:55 PM


  8. The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the "letter") of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law.

    Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    "Law" originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language.

    Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | May 21, 2014 2:18:08 PM


  9. Well, it's either THEIR forced participation ordinance or mine. I choose mine, since it also includes them in the party; whereas their's would exclude me. Bizarro People "Me happy on not-opposite-day"--actually that's probably a more accurate description of how they speak than anything.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 21, 2014 2:23:19 PM


  10. Americans are not above petty laws (see most home owner association contracts). However, the tyranny of the majority is partly what democracy is all about and certainly these are not the only laws they disagree with. They should list all the laws they don't like.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2014 2:43:15 PM


  11. Welcome to up means down and down means up world.

    Posted by: TKinSC | May 21, 2014 4:47:50 PM


  12. "What would Montana look like if the government could force you to say something you did not believe"

    What, you mean like the pledge? "Under God"?

    Posted by: Randy | May 21, 2014 6:18:45 PM


  13. this article is pathetic! The only thing "forced" is if you open a business, which is a public accommodation, to sell/serve people of all types regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc. IF there were not idiotic anti-gay folks, there would be no need for these so called "forced" laws.............

    Posted by: Bernie | May 21, 2014 6:32:24 PM


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