Conflicting definitions of "religious freedom"
Part 2: Introduction to the two meanings of the
term "religious freedom:" the freedom of belief
the freedom to discriminate against others.
2014-FEB-24: The New Day program on CNN broadcast a segment on "Religious freedom or license to discriminate?:"
Circa 2014-FEB-25: "Sparking a firestorm:" An ABC News segment about the "freedom to discriminate" bill in Arizona:
This was broadcast shortly before the conflict was at least temporarily resolved by Governor Brewer's veto:
A few examples of religiously motivated discrimination and denigration:
On a positive note, an example of religiously motivated acceptance and inclusion:
Commenting on the "license to discriminate" bill passed by the Arizona Legislature and vetoed by Governor Brewer the Religion News Blog posted the following:
"Allow us to interject something here: We, the publishers of Religion News Blog, are Christians ourselves. We can assure you that, had we been bakers asked to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual or lesbian couple, we’d bake them the best cake ever — as we would do for any and all of our customers.
Jesus was a friend of people whose actions and lifestyle he did not necessarily agree with. He ate with them, in their homes! What could more Christlike that lovingly interacting with people to the best of your ability?
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replied:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
That doesn’t say anything about excluding people whose lifestyle you don’t agree with.
What if those bakers had been firemen. Would they have refused to help put out a fire in a home that belong to a homosexual couple?
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- "Religious freedom or license to discriminate?," You Tube, 2004-FEB-24, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- "Arizona Measure Has Gay Community Claiming Discrimination," You Tube, 2014-FEB-21, at: https://www.youtube.com/
- Shadee Ashtari, "Kansas State House Passes Bill Allowing Refusal Of Services To Same-Sex Couples," 2014-FEB-12, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
Copyright © 2009 t0 2014 by Ontario Consultants on
Originally written: 2009-DEC-08
Latest update: 2014-MAR-31
Author: B.A. Robinson