Don’t you love it when some liberal writer decides to lecture you about your religion? These writers, who wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a Bible, suddenly become experts on Christianity when the subject is gay rights. They crown themselves temporary theologists before descending from their thrones to tell Christian conservatives that they aren’t doing it right. Then they go back to their usual job, which involves erasing every last remnant of Christianity from America’s culture.
In Newsweek, Kurt Eichenwald is the latest writer to catch the lecturing bug. According to him, “Christian politicians and their supporters…have recently been engaged in some of the most embarrassing and anti-Christian behavior in years.”
Fasten your seatbelts and return your trays to their upright position: We’re set to land in ElitistWorld:
The latest politicians to join the rogues’ parade of Bible-thumpers who know nothing about what the Bible actually says are from Mississippi. The hypocrites of the Hospitality State—joining their like-minded brethren from North Carolina—just passed a law allowing businesses and even some health care providers to refuse services to gay couples on the basis of religious beliefs.
You probably don’t need to actually read Eichenwald’s article to know what his argument is on this matter. We’ve heard it all before. Jesus loved sinners. The Bible also has rules against eating shellfish. There’s no commandment barring Christians from engaging in business transactions with gays. The only thing halfway original Eichenwald adds is a strange argument against a strawman:
Except in the bizarre world of choleric Christianity—where there seems to be this belief that everyone is looking for any excuse to have sex with someone of the same gender—the idea that seeing photographers or therapists do their jobs would cause others to suddenly become gay is absurd.
Swing and a miss. This is not a thing people believe.
“So the message to these Mississippians is: Just bake the damn cake and stop whining,” Eichenwald concludes. “Or at least accept that your desire to discriminate against gays has nothing to do with your religion and everything to do with bigotry.”
Oh, well, the great Kurt Eichenwald has spoken. You hear that, Mississippi Christians? You just got told!
Facts are, very few Christian business owners want to discriminate against LGBT customers. This isn’t about that. It’s about whether or not they should be compelled to give gay marriage a tacit endorsement. There is a world of difference there, and liberals refuse to acknowledge the gap. If they would spend as much time listening to lowly, common conservatives as they do dreaming up new ways to vilify them, they might understand the real issue here. Here’s a hint: the emphasis in “religious freedom” is on “freedom.”
Oh…maybe they do get it, after all. That’s the only thing they hate more than Christianity.