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.
Category Archive: Discrimination
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 …
Feb 24 2014
With a whole bunch of bills that give people the right to discriminate against LGBT people circulating in many states, Idaho had the absolute worst. The sponsor of the bill has now withdrawn it, saying it was being “misconstrued” as discriminatory, but Mark Joseph Stern describes just how extreme it was:
Feb 21 2014
Today we get to meet Cresent Hardy, a Nevada state legislator now running for Congress. In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun he made the absolutely bizarre argument that protecting gay people from discrimination only creates classes of people and is thus segregation. Or something.
Dec 13 2013
Fox News is doing its usual bangup job of faux journalism in response to the Colorado case where a bakery is being required to follow the state’s anti-discrimination laws and not discriminate against gay couples. In an interview with the owner of the bakery they put up a huge graphic that says “The Death of …