Joseph Farah has a very important question: Why don’t gay people demand that Muslim-owned companies provide flower arrangements, bridal gowns or cakes for their weddings? Why are they always picking on those poor Christians? It’s a conspiracy, of course, probably designed to distract attention from Benghazi. But first, he wants you to know that it’s a violation of human rights to prevent a Christian from discriminating against gay people.
Forgive me, but I can’t stop thinking about Robert and Cynthia Gifford, the New York couple hit with a $13,000 fine by the state’s division of human rights for politely declining, as a matter of religious conviction, to host a same-sex wedding celebration.
I know there are many injustices to write about. I know the world is on fire. But if we can’t get something this simple right, I don’t see how we’re going to deal with ISIS or the flood of illegal aliens streaming across the border or anything else for that matter.
Well sure. If we don’t let Christians discriminate against gay people, ISIS will overrun us. And then, ironically, they’ll institute Sharia law and kill gay people.
The Giffords are small family farmers who allowed their beautiful property to be used for special events and occasions – weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries. The Giffords enjoyed being a part of these celebrations, providing all the decorations and catering the parties.
One day, they were approached about hosting a same-sex marriage at their facility. They explained they wouldn’t be comfortable doing that for religious reasons. In other words, they were conscientious objectors looking for a way out. They didn’t violate anyone’s human rights. They didn’t commit any “hate crimes.” They didn’t call anyone names. They didn’t try to hurt anyone’s feelings. They just simply preferred to opt out of working on this event because their heart wouldn’t be in it.As a result of this perfectly reasonable decision, a bureaucracy that supposedly guards people’s “human rights” zapped the Giffords with a $13,000 fine.
Have we lost our minds? Have we lost all common sense? Have we lost even the concept of “human rights”?
The Giffords are the victims of a human rights abuse, not the perpetrators. And they are hardly alone.
And if they wanted to discriminate against black people, or against Christians for that matter, would it still violate their human rights to prevent them from doing so? Because that and many other forms of discrimination have been illegal for 50 years now. OMG! We’ve been violating everyone’s human rights!
You will notice that in all cases, they chose to put Christian businesses on the spot. Why? Because state agencies and judges don’t have any problem with punishing Christians for the free exercise of their faith.
But I can’t help but wonder what would happen if and when photographers, caterers, cake makers and florists of the Islamic faith were approached for similar opportunities.
I wonder why they haven’t been approached yet.
Actually, I don’t wonder at all. I think I know the reason.
Oh, of course you do. But let’s try some basic math. Muslims make up about 1% of the population and only a very tiny percentage of them will run businesses even vaguely related to weddings. Gee, ya think that might have something to do with it? Math, how the fuck does that work?