A panel at CPAC last week featured right wing talk show host, Dana Loesch, Tony Perkins and Rep. Randy Neugebauer discussing religious freedom. Loesch made this absolutely bizarre argument that if we don’t protect the right of Christians to discriminate against gay people, that could lead to gays being stoned in the street.
“You don’t have to be a Christians to be affected by loss of religious liberty, because if one liberty is taken, more liberties will be taken,” she said. “If I’m not speaking up [while] you’re losing rights then what will happen to me when the day comes, if someone comes to me? What if you’re stoned for walking out in the street for being gay? I mean, come on, that’s where the conversation needs to go.”
*boggle* I mean, I kinda get the point I think she thought she was trying to make, which is that if we don’t protect the rights of Christians we can’t protect the rights of gay people either. But that’s nonsense in this case. If anything, the opposite is true. By allowing Christians to discriminate against, and thus marginalize, gay people, we make it more likely that violence is committed against them. No one is demanding the right to refuse to hire or serve Christians.