Hypocrisy on Discrimination Reveals the Real Problem

CNN interviewed a florist in Georgia who doesn’t think she should be forced to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because it’s against her religion, but she revealed her hypocrisy by saying she would not refuse to provide flowers for those who commit other “sins” that her religion identifies:

At least one florist in Jeff Davis County, Georgia admitted to a double standard regarding providing service to “sinners” in a CNN interview regarding “religious freedom” laws.

“In the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery,” reporter Gary Tuchman said to the florist, Melissa Jeffcoat, adding, “It says you need to honor your father and mother.”

When he asked whether she would provide flowers for an adulterer or someone who had “dishonored” their parents, she replied affirmatively.

“Well, why would you serve them but not serve someone who is gay?” Tuchman asked.

“It’s just a different kind of sin to me,” Jeffcoat replied. “I just don’t believe in it.”

The same thing happened with that pizza place in Indiana. Asked if they would refuse to cater a wedding for someone who had been divorced, which the Bible clearly condemns, they said that they were divorced too so they don’t know about that. But what all this really reveals is that this isn’t really about their religious beliefs at all. They don’t even attempt to be consistent in applying their religious rules. The real reason they single out gay people for discrimination but not other “sinners” comes down to one thing: “Ewwwwww.” They think gay people are icky and they don’t think that about divorced people or other “sinners.” The religion is just a pretense.

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  • Al Dente

    The religion is just a pretense.

    Actually it’s an excuse.

  • John Pieret

    It’s just a different kind of sin to me,” Jeffcoat replied. “I just don’t believe in it.

    So, she does believe in adultery and disrespectful children? I guess that’s nice to know.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “It says you need to honor your father and mother.”

    Ah, a Cecil B. DeMilliean. Clearly she knows her bible.

    They should turn away anyone who has tattoos, too.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Meanwhile, they probably know plenty of gay people, they just don’t know that they’re gay.

  • Jared James

    It’s about not having ethics. Fundamentalist Christianity demands moral immaturity from its adherents, and gets it, in too many cases.

    The fact that these folks cannot reason morally, or refuse to understand that there is such a thing as normative reason, is a feature, not a bug.

  • my2cents

    None of these shops better be open on Sunday. The Bible mentions keeping the sabbath holy dozens of times clearly spelled out. Where it only insinuates issues with homosexuality less than a handful of time.

  • raven

    The Bible mentions keeping the sabbath holy dozens of times clearly spelled out.

    Good point.

    Breaking the Sabbath is a death penalty offense, punished by stoning to death.

    If the fundie xians ever actually followed the rules in their magic book, that would end our fundie problem. Almost all of them would be dead under a pile of rocks.

  • Trebuchet

    @6 and 7: The Sabbath is, of course, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. According to the Bible, anyhow.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Adultery, divorce, shopping on the sabbath – these are sins that christians are used to and god hasn’t destroyed America over them yet (some wingnuts may differ). But allowing gay marriage is just asking god to destroy the whole freaking country in one fell swoop. Look what happened to Canada.

  • Hoosier X

    The trouble with the phrase “cafeteria christian” is that it implies that there’s any other kind,

  • Pierce R. Butler

    “In the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery,” reporter Gary Tuchman said to the florist…

    Waitaminitt – he actually did some background research? What kind of career does he expect in CNN broadcast “journalism” if he keeps acting like that?

  • Nick Gotts

    Look what happened to Canada.

    Well, God smote them with Stephen Harper. That’s a pretty heavy smiting.

  • comfychair

    Down here in the musty crotch of the bible belt, lots of stores/restaurants are only open on Sunday from noon to 6, if at all.

  • jaybee

    Raven said,

    If the fundie xians ever actually followed the rules in their magic book, that would end our fundie problem. Almost all of them would be dead under a pile of rocks.

    Nah, they have an easy out. Jesus also admonishes that he who is without sin can cast the first stone. Since they are all sinners, they have an excuse not to throw stones at each other. They are free to throw stones at people they don’t like, though, simply by ignoring what Jesus just told them.

  • Holms

    If people can be turned away without service for doing things the Bible forbids, let’s not forget that the Bible also forbids worshipping false gods, i.e. other religions. Therefore… christians endorse refusal of service based on religious grounds.

    (Except christians, of course.)

  • teawithbertrand

    Gee, you’d think a GA county named for Jefferson Davis would be a bastion of tolerance and equality for all its citizens.

  • Thomas Everett

    I think I’m more amazed that there is a Jeff Davis County, (actually several ) in 2015

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_of_the_Wolf podkayne

    Isn’t an anti gay florist kinda like a vegan butcher?

  • dmcclean

    I think I disagree here. I doubt this is about “ewww”, I think it’s more likely about thinking that making a show of denying the cake will win them points with other members of their tribe. (That doing this is also condemned by the bible is another layer of hypocrisy, too.)

  • comfychair

    Isn’t an anti gay florist kinda like a vegan butcher?

    Or a Christian Science cardiologist.

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  • anubisprime

    A coherent consistent Xtian…about as common as Hambone’s Stegosaurus saddle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.s.leger Bryan Leger

    You mean hypothetical adulterers and other hypothetical sinners would hypothetically get flowers? I hope the hypothetical gay couple doesn’t find out. They’ll be hypothetically outrage. Hypothetically.