In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned all state anti-sodomy laws in Lawrence v Texas, making them unenforceable. But the Louisiana state legislature is insisting by a better than 2-1 margin that they keep their law on the books anyway because…well, who the hell knows why.
Category Archive: Discrimination
Apr 15 2014
The sound and fury emanating from the Christian right over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal of a New Mexico case where a photography business refused to shoot a lesbian wedding is music to my ears. The American Decency Association says we’re now like North Korea!
Apr 08 2014
A group of the top CEOs in the state of Michigan is telling the state that they should add sexual orientation to the list of prohibited bases for discrimination, arguing that it will be good for business by helping them attract the best employees.
Mar 10 2014
Jonathan Merritt makes a very interesting argument in the Atlantic about all those “right to discriminate” laws being pushed in many states. The people pushing for more ability to discriminate against marginalized and despised groups also believe that Christian are increasingly becoming one of those groups.
Mar 09 2014
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds a record percentage of Americans supporting same-sex marriage and an overwhelming majority, better than 2-1 margin, that says businesses should not be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Mar 06 2014
While the battle rages over equality for LGBT people it may be difficult to see how much things will change over the next couple decades, but as Amanda Marcotte correctly points out, it is almost a certainty that Christianity will become less and less anti-gay as time goes by.
Mar 05 2014
George Will seems to be rather confused on the question of LGBT equality. On the one hand, he doesn’t think businesses should discriminate against them; on the other hand, he thinks it’s just “not neighborly” to expect them not to and to demand equal treatment.
Mar 05 2014
Star Parker, the self-described former “welfare queen” turned B-list Christian right celebrity, seems to be a very confused person. On the one hand, she says Gov. Brewer was right to veto the right to discriminate bill because it’s wrong to discriminate:
Mar 04 2014
Rev. Paul Raushenbush, a Baptist minister and the religion editor for the Huffington Post, has a very reasonable column about the dangers of allowing discrimination on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” He asks some of the same questions I’ve been asking and warns his fellow Christians not to go down that path:
Mar 04 2014
Tammy Bruce is a gay conservative woman who really ought to be ashamed of herself. In a column in the Moonie Times (owned by a man who openly advocated purging all gay people from the face of the earth), she attacks the “GAYstapo” (get it? How clever!) for wanting to violate religious freedom. And she’s …
Mar 03 2014
A phrase we are hearing a great deal these days by those who demand religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws is “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The argument goes like this: it is tyranny for the government to force business owners to serve all customers in cases where doing so would violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” …
Mar 02 2014
After Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT people, Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel declared himself a prophet and reprinted an “eerily prophetic column” about gay rights and religious liberty from April, 2013.
Mar 01 2014
Obnoxious little twerp Tucker Carlson thinks it’s “fascism” if you don’t allow Christians to discriminate against gay people, but apparently not fascism if you don’t allow them to discriminate against black people or women or Jewish people or anyone else.
Mar 01 2014
Rep. Louis Gohmert, almost certainly the dumbest man in Congress, went on Janet Mefferd’s radio show and delivered his usual baffling and ignorant positions. Talking about laws allowing discrimination against gay people, he said it’s all about religious freedom. And gay rights is somehow undermining civil rights.
Feb 28 2014
One of the hallmarks of the Christian right is that they are continually trying to borrow the language of those they seek to oppress. Joseph LaRue of the Alliance Defending Freedom does this when he claims that Christians will be “treated as second class citizens by their government” if they aren’t allowed to treat others …