The Absurd ‘Slavery’ Argument Against Discrimination Laws

The Christian right is trotting out a new argument against laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (but only that form of discrimination) as the Supreme Court considers the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Making businesses serve gay people is slavery! Tony Perkins says so:

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“That sounds like to me, John, that sounds like indentured servitude. You have no choice in the matter. Yes, they’re compensating you, they’re giving you something, but you have no say as to what you do with your talent, your ability and your skills,” Perkins said.

Scruggs agreed, adding, “And even worse, not just that type of servitude based off of something that’s irrelevant, but something that cuts against the core of who you are.”

And Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, agrees:

Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver joined Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman yesterday to discuss the Supreme Court arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which Staver said dealt with whether a baker, Jack Phillips, would be “basically enslaved” to be a spokesperson for views he disagrees with by being required to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Okay, let me ask the obvious question: So you think discrimination on the basis of religion should be okay, right? A restaurant or movie theater or any other type of business should be able to refuse to do business with Christians or Jews or anyone else, right? Your argument demands it. After all, it’s slavery to make people serve those they disapprove of! You just said so!

And the same applies to discrimination on the basis of race or gender, right? It has to, if you’re making a serious argument. But of course, you’re not. You think you are, probably, but you’re not. You’re engaged in special pleading. Neither of you are going to take the position that all anti-discrimination laws are slavery and should be abolished because you know that a massive consensus of people in this country find that argument ludicrous. So you apply it only to gay people. And that’s why we laugh at you.

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