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AFA: Not Discriminating is Bullying

Some businesses in Mississippi have responded to the passage of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people by putting stickers in their windows saying “We don’t discriminate: If you’re buying, we’re selling.” For some weird reason, the American Family Association thinks this amounts to the bullying of Christians.

In response to passage of that bill, owners who want the business of homosexuals are now posting blue, circular window stickers that incorporate the rainbow colors typically associated with homosexual activism.

Buddy Smith, executive vice president of Tupelo-based American Family Association, offers his take on the sticker campaign.

“It’s not really a buying campaign, but it’s a bully campaign,” he says, “and it’s being carried out by radical homosexual activists who intend to trample the freedom of Christians to live according to the dictates of scripture.

“They don’t want to hear that homosexuality is sinful behavior – and they wish to silence Christians and the church who dare to believe this truth.”

Really? If other people choose not to discriminate and advertise that fact, this is a “bully campaign” against those who demand the right to discriminate? You really don’t have a fucking clue what bullying is, do you?

Comments

  1. eric says

    “How dare you judge us! Don’t you understand that it’s our job to judge you???”

  2. blf says

    You really don’t have a fucking clue what bullying is, do you?

    The “what bulling is” part is spurious.

  3. Chiroptera says

    What they are probably worried about is that people who aren’t gay will decide they don’t want to patronize businesses that advocate hate and seek out the businesses that advertise their inclusiveness.

  4. Alverant says

    So the AFA is claiming to be oppressed if other people don’t follow what they say. WTF!

  5. John Pieret says

    Someone tramples the religious freedom of Christians by refusing to discriminate against gays? It’s almost as if they are claiming it’s their religious right to control everyone else’s religious beliefs.

    And they are being silenced because other people speak up in favor of the rights of gays? It’s almost as if they think no one else has freedom of speech.

    And agreeing to serve same-sex couples means that Christians no longer have the freedom to live out the dictates of their Christian faith and conscience? It’s almost like the only way that Christians can have religious freedom is if nobody else has any.

    What they really fear, of course, is the change in public opinion, even among their fellow Christians, and that this campaign will show them up for what they are: hate-filled bigots.

  6. peterh says

    The AFA loves them some martyrdom, and if there isn’t any handy, they’ll invent it.

  7. cptdoom says

    You really don’t have a fucking clue what bullying is, do you?

    For anyone who wants a great response to the “you’re bullying me when you don’t accept my intolerance” arguments, I heartily recommend Panti Bliss’ “Noble Call.”

    http://youtu.be/WXayhUzWnl0

    Bliss is a drag queen who was accused of defamation for calling anti-gay pundits “homophobes.” Talk about Orwellian.

  8. dugglebogey says

    By this logic, putting crosses FUCKING EVERYWHERE is bullying non-christians, right?

  9. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    I want to see, right next to the sign saying, “We don’t discriminate: If you’re buying, we’re selling”, signs saying:
    “If you wear clothes of multiple fibers, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you eat shellfish, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you cut your hair, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you are divorced, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you plant more than one kind of seed in the field, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you trim your beard, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you have a tatoo, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you are a woman and you’ve spoken in church, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “If you are menstruating, and you’re buying, we’re selling.” (Well, maybe that’s a bit icky…)
    “If you eat dairy and meat together, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”
    “Oh, and if you are LGBTQ, and you’re buying, we’re selling.”

  10. Synfandel says

    Clearly Buddy Smith is in favour of the stickers. He says, “…it’s a bully campaign.”

    bully:
    adjective, informal, chiefly North American
    Very good; excellent.
    “The White House is a bully pulpit.”

  11. D. C. Sessions says

    dugglebogey, no. It’s not. Because bullying is bad, and putting crosses everywhere is good. So they’re not the same.

    On the other hand, SSM is bad and therefore supporting SSM is bad. Since bullying is bad, supporting SSM is bullying.

  12. says

    It’s the rainbow. Rainbows scare the living shit out of them. Rainbows are made in the devil’s workshop.

  13. D. C. Sessions says

    Rainbows are made in the devil’s workshop.

    That would explain a lot about how Noah went wrong so quickly after one showed up.

  14. Kurt says

    It’s funny reading the commenters over there. “GOOD!!! If I see one of those stickers I’ll know not to ever shop there again because Jesus hates fagz”, etc.

    Want to tell them that, chances are high there must be gay folk on the road repair crews in their backasswards neck of the world. Should I find out which roads they worked on so you can avoid them, too?

  15. busterggi says

    I think I already commented on this in the thread about Saudi Arabia & Norway.

  16. jeevmon says

    The AFA is usually very pro-bullying. At least when it involves people like them bullying people not like them.

  17. whheydt says

    AFA is headquartered in Tupelo? Does this mean that their god actually got his aim right with the recent tornado that ran through there?

  18. eric says

    What they really fear, of course, is the change in public opinion, even among their fellow Christians, and that this campaign will show them up for what they are: hate-filled bigots

    They do fear change in public opinion, but I think they fear that these signs will do part of the changing, not just ‘show them’ to be opposers.

    Just think of it from their perspective; they want things like prayer in public school and pledge of allegiance recitations NOT just to identify the nonchristians, but because they think these things will coerce at least some people into conforming, and may actually change some of the nonconformists into christians over time. Social coercion begets changes of heart – that’s their plan. They see things like these signs as their opponents executing the same plan: they think the signs will not just identify anti-SSM businesses, but will first push some evangelical businesses to conform, and eventually cause some shopowners to actually change how they feel about gays.

  19. teele says

    The grocery store in our small town carries eggs from a large farm in the area that come in a carton decorated with the Jesus Fish. I have actually chosen to purchase corporate branded eggs (yuck!) in the past, because I do not want to support that kind of religious zealotry. We are fortunate to be able to purchase eggs now from a small farm owned by people we know and trust. They recycle egg cartons returned by their customers, and sometimes we get one that has the fish on it; I always pull out my Sharpie and add legs to it before we hand it back in.

    I don’t have a problem with the people who will never support shop owners with the rainbow decals in their window. We have them in our front window, and I really do not want the patronage of ugly, mean-spirited, nasty people; they are PITAs and most likely to be cheap, demanding and fraudulent. Yes, I’ll sell to them if they are buying, but I get payment up front and am not unhappy if they go elsewhere. I’m even happier if they never come in.

  20. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    @15 Kurt – I just took a look at the link. I didn’t count, but it looks to me like there are far more posts in support of the stickers than against, and what’s interesting is that the supportive posts have far more “likes” (up arrows) than the bigoted posts. So even at the AFA’s own site, the tide is flowing against them.

  21. Doug Little says

    teele @20,

    I always pull out my Sharpie and add legs to it before we hand it back in.

    What would be cooler is if you could fit the Phylogenetic tree relating fish to chickens on the carton.

  22. Emu Sam says

    What would be cooler is if you could fit the Phylogenetic tree relating fish to chickens on the carton.

    Something like this on a sticker?

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