Left-wing judges are turning anti-discrimination shields into swords to be used as weapons against the First Amendment:
Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The First Amendment implicitly also protects Freedom of Association: NACCP v. ALABAMA, 357 US 449 (1958).
Americans easily embraced dignitary accommodation of homosexuals decades ago, even before the Stonewall Riot of 1969. Violence against homosexuals used to be fairly common and the overwhelming majority of Americans were appalled by it. That savagery was confined to a few horrible incidents which seldom occur today. The Laramie Incident of 1998 in which Matthew Shepard was murdered by two street thugs was first billed as a homosexual hate crime but it has since been shown that the two killers did not even know that Matthew Shepard was a homosexual. The Laramie Incident has been used by the LGBT political faction and their fellow travelers to gain political leverage, but it’s a lie. It’s a perfect example of how the Left latches onto something sensational, builds a lie around it and runs with it through the media to mislead the public. It’s no different than how Black Lives Matter uses the risible lie of “hands up don’t shoot” to support its War On Cops.
Clearly, homosexuals won the argument over “live and let live” and this paradigm is now firmly ensconced in American society. Just as racism was shamed out of America several decades ago but the race hustlers are determined to keep an illusion of it alive for their own benefit and income, LGBT is determined that merely a live and let live attitude by American society is not satisfactory. They used to fight for tolerance, but having won that fight handily, they can’t stop. You must not merely leave them alone, we must congratulate them, celebrate with them, perhaps even profess to believe they are the enlightened ones and we are the troglodyte knuckle-dragging cave dwellers. It just might be that homosexuality is really the superior way of life and we had better wake up to that fact. If not, then we can expect our businesses to be destroyed and our livelihood ruined. What next? Homosexual violence against normals to right old grievances?
Remember how LGBT activists promised that same-sex marriage would harm no one and infringe on no one’s freedoms? They lied.
Christians and other nonconformists now face financial ruin and even imprisonment if they decline to participate in promoting and celebrating same-sex wedding ceremonies. Consider baker Jack Phillips and florist Barronelle Stutzman, who faithfully serve LGBT customers in the ordinary course of business, balking only at custom work that conflicts with their deeply held religious convictions. For this, the LGBT left seeks to destroy their businesses.
The Supreme Court has now taken up Jack’s case, to decide whether the government can force artists to create against their will, and whether it can compel religious dissenters and other nonconformists to participate in promoting and celebrating ceremonies they abhor.
There is an inquisition in America, and its plans for non-conformists are simple: to drive us out of our professions, shutter our businesses and institutions, bankrupt us and even put us in jail. I wish this was hyperbole. But case after case shows that the leaders of the LGBT movement and its allies are determined to hijack anti-discrimination law to silence all dissent. Consider the following parade of persecution.
Florist Barronelle Stutzman kindly told a customer whom she had served faithfully for nine years she couldn’t be part of his same-sex wedding ceremony. For this, the state of Washington has levied six-figure fines and is attempting not only to destroy her business, but to seize her retirement account. Jack Phillips of Colorado sold his baked goods to everyone, but turned down custom orders that would have required using his artistry is ways that violated his conscience. This wasn’t a problem when, for example, he refused to make lewd bachelor party cakes. But when he politely declined to make a custom cake for a same-sex ceremony, the government came after him—imposing heavy fines and demanding that he reeducate his employees, including his family.
This persecution isn’t confined to the wedding industry. Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran was fired for writing a Bible-study book that expressed the traditional Christian view of human sexuality and marriage. At least one Catholic hospital has been sued for refusing to remove healthy reproductive organs at the request of a trans individual. And so on. Column after column could be filled with examples of Rod Dreher’s Law of Merited Impossibility: “It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it.” What the LGBT movement dismissed as “alarmism” yesterday is its preferred policy today.
The struggle to secure ordinary rights for homosexuals was a fight for simple justice. Most Americans instinctively saw it as a natural response to violence and gratuitous insults, and whole-heartedly agreed with it. The Gay Movement for fair treatment has turned into the Gay Mafia. Now it is decent and harmless American small business that are being persecuted mercilessly and shamelessly. Does Gay America have no decency, at long last?