Gordon Klingenschmitt is saying that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in New Mexico will force Christians into bankruptcy.
After urging Christian photographers to add the line “worthy of death” to photos they take of same-sex weddings, Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt emailed members of his Pray In Jesus Name Project today warning that Christians may face unemployment and starvation if the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) passes.
Klingenschmitt, who has previously called ENDA a demonically-inspired bill, said that a New Mexico case where a photography business violated a non-discrimination law is proof that ENDA will compel Christian businessmen “to disobey God.”
“The Government is now ordering you: Forsake God or starve to death,” Klingenschmitt writes. “I pray that I would choose bankruptcy, starvation, even death, before disobedience to God.”
The law no more forces Christians into bankruptcy than laws against stealing force thieves into jail time. You’re not allowed to infringe on the liberty of others no matter how much you drop in the collection plate each week.
The measure doesn’t force Christians into bankruptcy anymore than it forces racists into bankruptcy. The law does once thing: it forbids people from discriminating. If discriminating is what it means to be Christian, congrats, you’ve just declared that a Christian is something nobody should want to be. If Christianity was the equivalent of a morality steroid, as it is propped up to be, there’d be no need for the non-discrimination act. But for many people their Christian conscience isn’t enough to keep them from discriminating, so the law is necessary.
There is, of course, another option for Christians beyond “defy god or get sued”. If god is telling you to be a bad person you could either conclude that this god is less wise and less compassionate than mortals and thereby determine that it doesn’t exist, or you could tell such a god “No, I will not become cruel for you – no loving god would demand that of me.” Sadly, it seems there are many Christians who are far too eager to be cruel upon command and consider it moral.