Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gay Rights Activists Assert Rights to Burn Out and Murder Opponents

TV Reporter’s Cheap ‘Gotcha’ Story Incites Hate Mob Against Indiana Pizza Shop
The Democrat-Media Complex has hyped this Indiana RFRA controversy into an LGBT lynch-mob scenario that compares to nothing I’ve seen since the L.A. riots in 1992. Some people seem to have lost their minds over this:
A Concord High School coach has been suspended after she tweeted about arson in relation to a Walkerton pizzeria whose owners told the media they agree with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Jess Dooley, who is the head coach of the girls golf program and also an assistant coach with the softball and girls basketball programs, took to Twitter Wednesday, April 1, to voice her opinion about the RFRA.
She was adding to the conversation about Memories Pizza, a Walkerton restaurant whose owners announced in a television news segment that they would not cater gay weddings.
Her tweet read: “Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?”
Hey, arson advocacy, public education, to-MAY-to, to-MAH-to, right?
At the risk of inflaming the controversy even more, I'll venture my opinion on the RFRA kerfuffle.

It seems to me there exists a class of business, wedding photographers, bakers of wedding cakes, and perhaps even pizza caterers, where the business is owned by one person, or a family, the work to be done is sufficiently specialized as to be artful, the service is personal and where alternative vendors are readily found, where RFRA and similar laws should rightly protect those owners from being forced to participate in a rite they deem to be offensive. This is not to say I personally deem them offensive, but religious beliefs are just that, beliefs based on faith and not evidence or law.

A supermarket, or phone company like Apple should not enjoy the same protection. No one comes to a supermarket and demand that the manager bring food to the wedding, and effectively celebrate with the congregants; no one asks Steve Jobs (or whoever took his job after he refused to be cured) to come and sit at the brides table, and take photos making him look radiant. But someone might take an Iphone and take the pictures, further enriching Apple without their having been aware of it. It is the height of hypocrisy for Apple to assert it's non-discrimination in way that will never be tested.

There is no need to coerce the cooperation of bakers, photographers, wedding planners etc into providing services to gay couples. If such a need exists, the market will empower people to enter the niche business of gay weddings, and might, under RFRA be entitled to claim freedom to choose to provide services only to gay weddings. You have the right to a wedding. You do not have the right to draft service providers.

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