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Nondiscrimination laws are a weapon against Christians

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z 2014-04-16T09:46:21Z Nondiscrimination laws are a weapon against Christians The Billings Gazette
April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Why would anyone be against nondiscrimination ordinances? Because they have become a club to beat into submission through fines, loss of livelihoods and possible imprisonment those whose beliefs are founded upon the teachings of the Bible. Consider just two examples.

The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's "wedding." They said they had nothing against homosexuals, but their deeply-held religious beliefs prevented them from supporting same-sex unions. As a result they were forced to close their business after homosexual protesters launched boycotts and threatened other vendors who did business with them.

Commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian said, "Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn't mean that folks have the right to discriminate. The goal is to rehabilitate." Rehabilitate? Coming from government officials that has the ring of ''re-education camps."

Elaine Huguenin, a photographer in New Mexico refused to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony. She was charged with violating New Mexico's non-discrimination law, found guilty and fined over $6,500. The case went to the New Mexico Supreme Court, which upheld the guilty verdict. One justice wrote that the Huguenins "now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives" as "the price of citizenship." Those statements are astounding and terrifying.

Nondiscrimination ordinances sound so good, but they're used to intimidate and destroy any who refuse to deny God’s laws rather than bow down and worship the state.

Terry Brown

Billings

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