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Our Religion Requires It April 2, 2015

Tom the Dancing Bug

An interesting take on the legislation in Indiana. It manages to combat selective literalism and conservative picking and choosing on the one hand, while offering an example of authentic lived Christianity on the other, while at the same time challenging the false dichotomy that views gays and Christians as though they were non-overlapping circles.

Responding to discrimination as Jesus taught us to should indeed take all the fun out of it. And it can be far more effective than other ways of retaliating.

That said, the cartoon gets some things wrong. There is nothing to suggest that shopping with one's head uncovered was prohibited. The cartoonist should have had the woman try to buy jewelry.

From Tom the Dancing Bug.


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  • Michael Wilson

    There is no new law allowing discrimination in Indiana. It has always been legal to deny service to gays in Indiana. The cartoon perpetuates the sort of false hoods that lead to the hysteria were witnessing. And if allowing discrimination is going to lead to gays being turned away in droves from stores, why are they not already since it has always been perfectly legal to do so? The protest are much ado about nothing.

    • Todd Scranton

      If this is true, Micheal, then is not the law itself “much adieu about nothing”? A mere exercise in legal grandstanding? In spending money to pass and defend such a law in court would not the legislature be engaging in a pointless waste of tax-payer dollars? But of course the law does change things – it explicitly removes any potential legal consequences a company might face from adopting practices that explicitly discriminate

    • R Vogel

      “In other words, you can defend yourself in a criminal or civil action on the very broad basis of “any exercise of religion.” Where this may apply the most would be a Court’s ability or inability to apply a human rights ordinance against someone with a religious objection. (That we can even have an exercise in religion running directly against a human rights ordinance is cause alone for concern.) Such ordinances typically prohibit the discrimination employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

      from https://inadvancesheet.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/the-indiana-religious-freedom-restoration-act-an-analysis-of-its-controversy/

  • Guest

    If a person is a believer in Jesus then they will not accept sinful ways but they will also not judge nonbelievers as the scripture says but rather if a person claims to be a believer and sins then they are actually responsible to judge the “believer”. This is the one thing that many miss. Most world judging christians are quick to try and correct the sins of the world but most times all too often neglect the sins of their own fellowship and personal lives. Jesus never said not to judge as many misguided folks claim but what he did say is to judge righteous judgment and also to judge yourself so that you can rightly judge others (take the log out your eye so you can help your friend with the splinter in theirs) 🙂

    • Luke 6:73-38
      “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you.

      • Guest

        matthew 7
        matthew 18
        I corinthians 5

        to name a few chapters to read for context into your two verse theosophy

        • I don’t have a two verse theosophy (I don’t have any theosophy). But at least I quote the scriptures I reference.

          You, on the other hand, think that tossing out three entire chapters with no context whatsoever, has some sort of explanatory power.

  • Guest

    I said all that to say this…….

    This is a silly ignorant cartoon…..

    • It might seem silly and ignorant, to someone who thinks that someone who is gay and loves their enemy can’t possibly be a Christian, while someone who hates their enemy can be as long as they aren’t gay.

      • Guest

        i do not condone either

        both are wrong

        • And what about judging others, or assuming that one is right? Do you condone those things, or only practice them?

          • Guest

            i believe and condone what God says and what i have already affirmed


          • So presumably you reject what Paul wrote in his letters about God accepting Gentiles, since “God says” in Genesis that one cannot be part of Abraham’s household unless one is circumcised?

          • Guest

            What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:

            “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
            and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”[i]

            26 and,

            “In the very place where it was said to them,
            ‘You are not my people,’
            there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”

            What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith

            abraham received the promise before circumcision

            circumcision was a physical sign of a spiritual truth of faith

            just as baptism is a physical sign of a spiritual truth of dying with christ and being raised with him

          • Guest

            im sure you know all these things but are just seeing where i am at on them

            and still what i have posted from the bible stands true

            they are complimentary especially when you know christ

            do you claim christ?

          • I am aware that people can spiritualize away problems in the manner that you suggest. But that does not mean that they should. And since not everyone who knows Christ agrees with you, or with the approach you take, appealing to that does not solve the problem.

          • Guest

            It’s not about agreeing with me

            It’s about agreeing with God

            Sin is sin

            And we should agree on that because that’s agreeing with God

          • That’s exactly what Paul’s opponents would have said.

          • Guest

            uh…but no….i have posted what paul and jesus said

            and you have not posted anything from either


          • Genesis was clear on the requirement of circumcision. When Paul made his case, his opponents objected that he was flouting the plain meaning of Scripture.

            If English is not your first language, please let me know what it is. If you are not understanding points made here in English, I might be able to try a different language.

          • Guest

            Oh your’re a comedian with insults. Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for you salvation. This site is heresy.

          • I have repented and believed in the Lord Jesus. It is unfortunate that (1) you think that knowledge of what the Bible actually says is “heresy” and (2) you are unwilling to do anything other than say the same thing over and over again. Goodbye.