Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, used her veto-authority yesterday, removing legal protection for businesses being harassed by Gay-rights groups. Private business owners will now be forced to comply with the demands of anyone willing to pay for their services.
Freedom “of” versus freedom “from” has long been debated. For years, we Americans have agreed that no one should be “discriminated against” because of “race, religion, or creed.” However, there has always been a type of “denial” accepted in our society.
The vetoed Senate Bill would have extended the same legal standing to individuals and private companies that religious institutions have now. That is, the right to deny access to any who do not agree with their sincerely held principles. Current law protects only “a religious assembly or institution.” SB1062 attempted to expand this protection to “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization.”
Let’s be honest here. Churches and other Christian non-profit Organizations want to protect themselves from the world. Private for-profit companies want the same options, but are in a different realm. The veto of this bill forces business owners to “serve” everyone. Is that OK in America?
The ultimate goal of Gay-rights groups today is the infiltration of every aspect of our American culture. The same people that want a private bakery and wedding photographer to serve them, also want to pry our churches open to their world. Is that OK in America? Ever heard of ENDA?
(Jesus’s prayer for His disciples)”I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:15-18/ESV)
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