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Non-discrimination ordinance bad for majority

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z 2014-04-16T09:47:11Z Non-discrimination ordinance bad for majority The Billings Gazette
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

The gay-rights activists' nondiscrimination ordinance, also known as the forced participation ordinance, is now in our town. It is anticipated that it will be introduced to the City Council in June.

While valid discrimination protections are good, this ordinance is the case of an extreme minority attempting to force the vast majority to accept errant conduct at the cost of freedoms of speech, conscience and religion. Gay-rights activists are determined to punish people who refuse to embrace and celebrate their lifestyle choices, and the ordinance is a stepping stone toward doing that. Businesses in states with such laws are being forced to choose between following their convictions (and being punished) or supporting the gay lifestyle. This will spread to churches and beyond.

Every American should fear such government-sanctioned intrusions into our thoughts, beliefs, and convictions. As the local debate unfolds, watch gay activists call our expressed ideas and principles "hate speech," and label us as "intolerant," “homophobic" and "bigoted." This is a major tactic they use in the public square to counter criticism of their conduct and to distract from the real issues. Truth lies at the opposite end, where God admonishes us to love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, and speak the truth in love.

My hope is that our town is big enough to have a civil, informed and thoughtful debate about this proposed ordinance.

Mark Carlstrom

Billings

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