Ladies and gentlemen, we have a brand spanking new argument from the Christian right against gay rights. It comes from Tony Perkins, who says that if Christians are required not to discriminate against gay people in their businesses, they’re now living under “involuntary servitude” — slavery.
Discussing the case of an Oregon baking company that a court recently found violated a state nondiscrimination law by refusing service to a lesbian couple, Perkins said that conservatives should challenge such nondiscrimination laws by using “the courts to push back and just overload the state.”
“I think we’re getting close to the point if they move to continue to force Christians to engage in behavior that violates their moral conscience and convictions — it’s almost like involuntary servitude,” Perkins said. “Maybe we’re coming to the point of civil disobedience, of saying, ‘no, we won’t go.’ They’re going to push and there will come a point [where] there will be pushback.”
So…when white-owned businesses were required by the Civil Rights Act to stop refusing to serve black people, those white business owners were thereafter slaves to blacks because they were forced to supply their labor to feed them or sell them things? Okey dokey, then. That’s perfectly rational.
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