Why is the religious freedom of an anti-LGBT baker more important than that of a Muslim soldier or physician?

35 Questions

This is part 31 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.

31. why is the religious freedom of an anti-LGBT baker important to you, but not a Muslim soldier or physician?

There must be a story to go with this somewhere, but I’m not sure what it is. In a nutshell, though, the religious freedoms of all Americans should be respected, but there are some limitations, just like the Freedom Speech restriction of “You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater.” So, let’s talk about this for a moment to correct some misconceptions.

First, most Christian bakers, florists, photographer, etc. do not discriminate against gay people. They discriminate against events. If a gay person comes into a bakery, the Christian baker will sell the gay person bread, cookies, cake, whatever. It’s when asked to provide a wedding cake for a wedding event that creates the problem. I would be surprised if you didn’t get the same reaction from an Islamic baker, but I wonder if activists would flip out over that. Most Christians are not “against gay people.” They’re against homosexuality, and they separate the two. One is an action, a sin, and that is what they won’t condone. Quite frankly, Christians are supposed to discriminate against sin!

Muslim soldiers and physicians also have a right to practice their religion, and I haven’t heard of any instances where they have not been afforded that right. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, but it’s certainly not on the scale that Christian rights have been attacked.

I wonder if a Muslim baker would be attacked in the media for not baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding the same way Christians have. Would Muslim bakers have to be “reeducated?”

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Michigan’s State Board of Education Seeks To Undermine Parental Rights

Do you know who your kids are at school?

If your children go to a public school in Michigan, you may soon be intentionally kept in the dark.

…a boy named “Jake” could become a girl named “Jane” at school, seemingly without his parents ever knowing.

Without his parents ever knowing. Isn’t that grand? Those running our public schools complain that parents aren’t involved enough with their kids, but now they’re going to intentionally cut you out of your child’s life.

Because, you know, your kids get to decide what gender they are, all on their own, like it’s no big deal. No parent needed. No doctor needed. They get to arbitrarily decide for themselves. And they get to choose which locker room they want.

Students who are bothered by having members of the opposite sex in their locker rooms can request “an adjusted changing schedule” or “use of a private area in the facility.”

So, basically, the student’s whose "gender" doesn’t match their plumbing, can use whatever bathroom/locker room they want. If they want to use the facilities of the opposite sex, because they’re not comfortable with their own, by all means have at it. The school will see to it that they are not inconvenienced. They’re feelings are important.

On the other hand, the student’s whose "gender" does match their plumbing, has to put up with whatever the confused student decides. Despite the fact that it may bother the non-confused student, they are the ones that will be inconvenienced. They can use a different facility or schedule. They can be put out. Their feelings are not important.

If a person’s mind doesn’t match their plumbing, it’s a problem. But by all means, let’s reinforce the problem instead of working to resolve it.

The purpose of the guidance, according to the document, is to further the state’s “goals of cultivating and sustaining caring, supportive, respectful, and affirming learning environments that provide for the education, safety, and welfare of all students.”

This is just a bold-faced lie. If they were truly interested in the welfare of all students, they wouldn’t violate the privacy of some. And when I say some, I mean the majority. But you can bet, when something goes wrong, it’ll be the parent who’s responsible for not knowing what’s going on with their child.

You can read the actual draft at: MDE – Public Comment on the State Board of Education Draft Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students

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Property Rights, Renting, and Airbnb

Property rights advocates say the right to rent is being threatened at the local government level, as cities across the country push restrictions on exactly how and to whom Americans can lease out their lofts and living quarters.

Apparently, government doesn’t know its proper role, as people’s property rights are under attack across the country. The only way to stop the erosion of liberty, is to stop electing control freaks. You own the house. You should have a right to do with your rooms as you wish without interference from government; or your neighbors.

But Council Member Burkley Allen, sponsor of the measure, told Fox News it was passed due to strong community engagement.

Strong community engagement is meaningless when the community infringes on the rights of their neighbors to be left alone. The role of government should be to protect the liberty of the individual from harassment from neighbors.

But what about the rights of the community to live in a "nice neighborhood?" The problem with this is that everyone’s definition of a nice neighborhood is different, and therefore, doesn’t trump their neighbor’s right to be left alone. This includes the ability of your neighbor to supplement their income by renting out a room.

In the past, it seems like it was quite common for people to rent out rooms to strangers. It’s a practice that fell out of popularity somewhere along the line, but seems to be regaining popularity. I think it’s a great way for people to supplement their income if they have the room, but no, we can’t have that.

To those that want to interfere, I say bugger off. Mind your own business.