The Cultural War Against Christians|
March 3, 2014
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was right to veto SB1062, which would have amended
the Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The bill, per most interpretations I’ve read, would have given broad discretion
to business owners, because of their religious convictions, to refuse to do
business with anyone associated with homosexual lifestyles.
Religious freedom is about protection of your right to practice your religion
and not being forced to violate it.
However, the right to religious freedom does not mean the right to write-off and
marginalize into non-existence a whole class of citizens whom you don’t like or
Under Jim Crow, the problem whites had with blacks was not what blacks thought
or did, but that they existed. These laws were designed to relegate one class of
citizens to separate and unequal status, simply because of who they were.
Such actions have nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with bigotry
But, unfortunately, the failure of this poorly conceived Arizona bill will be
misinterpreted. Some will incorrectly claim that this means it is not a
violation of religious freedom to force a business owner to provide a product or
service for activity that is against his or her religious convictions. That is
Would anyone question the refusal of a black vendor to sells sheets to the local
Ku Klux Klan chapter? Or a Jewish merchant refusing to sell the poster board for
a Neo-Nazi rally? Or refusal of a Christian video service to make a pornographic
So why is it not perfectly clear that the religious freedom of a Christian
merchant is violated if that merchant is forced to bake a cake or prepare a
flower arrangement for a same-sex marriage which is not only as personally
repugnant to that vendor as any in the cases above, but is also a clear and
literal violation of the scripture that defines the faith of these individuals?
And why is it that same-sex couples have such a hard time finding bakers and
florists that are not offended by their wedding? Why do they wind up with such
regularity trying to buy from Christian vendors?
The reality is that the “gay rights” crusade is not about a struggle for justice
but rather it is a cultural war.
Homosexual activists understand the ongoing erosion of traditional values as a
pillar of our society and use this opportunity to push Christian reality, once
and for all, into the closet and to lock the door.
The cultural script has been re-written such that Christians have been put in a
position of either rejecting the precepts and prohibitions of their religion, or
being faithful to them and being branded as against “equality.”
The problem, of course, is not what people do in private. The issue is that it
all has been dragged into the public square because, again, this is a cultural
The battlefront is the core contradiction of legitimization of homosexual
behavior that scripture clearly prohibits and then moving on to redefine
Christians have been put in the untenable position that being true to their
faith means, by the new standards set in our society, being labeled a bigot and
then being exposed to being put out of business.
Let’s keep in mind that the idea of religious freedom only means something as
long as religion means something.
It is critical that Christians draw the line and continue the struggle and not
allow religion or religious freedom to be compromised. Individuals or businesses
forced to supply goods or services for activities against the precepts of their
faith must refuse and call forth their protection under the first amendment of
the US constitution.
Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal
and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based
public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle
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