Perkins: Gay Rights is Turning Christians Into Slaves!

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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  • laurentweppe

    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?

    Why, yes: that’s the bully’s worldview in a nutshell: you’re either oppressing someone else, or you’re on the receiving end of oppression: no other possibility exists.

  • Kengi

    Do I have to be gay to buy a baker? I’m not currently gay, but may be willing to learn if it means I could own my own Christian baker.

    What’s the current free-market value for a decent baker these days? Can I just approach any black man on the street and ask him to sell me one of his bakers?

  • beergoggles

    Yes, white slavery was exactly like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weVQyyTFefI

  • k_machine

    Good thing I can go to my Bible and see how I should treat my new Christian slaves right. It’s not like freedom is a condition for salvation.

  • theguy

    “that violates their moral conscience and convictions” ”

    Assumption made without evidence – Dances-with-white-supremacists-Perkins has no conscience or convictions.

    “it’s almost like involuntary servitude”

    If dumbass doesn’t want to serve gay customers, dumbass shouldn’t open a business thats supposed to be open to all.

  • Chiroptera

    Yeah, voluntarily starting a business where I may have to bake a cake for a gay couple and get paid a fair price for it, that is exactly like being forced under threat of violence and death to pick cotton in the hot sun from sun up to sun down in exchange for the minimum food, shelter, and clothing necessary to keep me alive.

    I’m glad we got that straight.

  • cptdoom

    When you bring up the comparison to Jim Crow laws, the right immediately claims sexual orientation is not the same because it’s a choice. They never seem to make the connection that if they were right, which they’re not, that just would make sexual orientation the same as religious lifestyle choices. If we had a real media, they would be challenging Perkins, et al, as to whether they want to bring back “restricted” businesses. After all if it is so horrible to serve gays, how much worse must it be to serve Jews or Mormons.

  • Michael Heath

    Tony Perkins states:

    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.

    [Heath bolded]

    I’d have slightly less contempt for Mr. Perkins if he’d stated, “it’s just like involuntary servitude”. Here he uses a weaselly rhetorical fallacy to perpetuate a conclusion while cowardly not owning up to the very conclusion he’s promoting. What a demonstrably dishonest slime-ball; and consider the delusional idiocy of those who like Tony Perkins.

  • Michael Heath

    k_machine writes:

    It’s not like freedom is a condition for salvation.

    Well according to the Bible you can own slaves and still have confident hope of getting to Heaven. But not on the other end, no sirree Bob. One must slavishly, childishly, blindly, and sheepishly submit to the Christian god extortion threat to all humans. Perhaps then he might save you from unimaginable suffering for all of eternity. That’s per a plain reading of the New Testament.

  • hunter

    So, according to Perkins, offering cakes to the general public “violates their moral conscience and convictions.”

    Maybe they should find another line of work.

  • moarscienceplz

    Saint Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians:

    6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

    So Perkins should shut up and get back into that kitchen.