Do you agree?
I used to be against the government forcing anyone to do anything, then, about 6 months later, I grew up.
I now realize that the argument that a business owner should be allowed to discriminate against people because of their race is the same argument that churches make when they refuse to wed someone because of irrelevant reasons about their sexual proclivities.
I do not agree that religious conviction should permit someone to discriminate against the public, especially seeing how marriage is a protected right. And I ESPECIALLY don’t agree that anyone who receives 5 billion dollars a year in tax breaks should be allowed to discriminate, regardless of the reason.
Sorry, but you don’t live in a solipsist universe. Other people exist. Don’t like it? My suggestion for you would be to either close down your church (which, as an atheist, I’d love), or move out of the country (which, as a patriot, I would also love).
If you’re in agreement with the government forcing anyone to do anything, are any of us truly free?
Would you be okay with an African American band being forced to perform at a backyard KKK rally?
Would you be okay with a Jewish catering service being forced to cater a Nazis skinhead party?
Would you be okay with an atheist DJ being forced to perform at a religious event?
Marriage is a religious or spiritual ceremony/custom, so therefore it is a right under the Constitution; but there is no right in the United States, or on the face of the planet for that matter, that declares anyone HAS to do something against their will. That is slavery whether your agree with the reasoning behind the decision or not. No, every American has the freedom to refuse service to anyone for any reason they seem fit, even if that reason is bigoted, racist, homophobic, religious, or otherwise. The Civil Rights Act is not permission to stomp personal liberty to fight injustice. You wrote in your post that you linked to, “Why do you want to stop someone from getting married?" If you can’t understand how this is not the same thing, then I can’t help you. No, one is denying homosexuals the opportunity to get married, only the state can do that; they are merely opting out of offering their services to the event.
Again, you are letting your bigotry for organized religion get the better of your reasoning and have taken opposition to another form of intolerance to an irrational, reckless extreme.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m with you on most things but this really isn’t a good argument. It’s not right for churches to discriminate against gay people and it is not right for the government to force pastors to perform gay marriages. Now step in gay people’s shoes for a moment. How would you feel if you went to a church with your significant other and they declined to marry you? Now step out of their shoes and put your pastor shoes on. How would you feel if the government forced you do do something against your religion? Now step out of those shoes and think why can’t we just start making gay Christian churches. God does love all his creations equally so why shouldn’t we show it in helping our fellow man regardless of his sexuality. My point is it wrong either way you look at it so why argue about it? Why not just join hands and form churches that are actually tolerant of everyone. No one is created equal but would God really want you to discriminate against your fellow man? God loves everyone the same so why shouldn’t we. I have no religion but this is just the way I see it and I thought I should share it.