By Bryan Fischer
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religious liberty bill is exactly that - a bill that protects the religious
liberty of faith-driven businessmen in the Copper State. Lawmakers there are
seeking to prevent the truly un-American and shameful things that have happened
in New Mexico, Oregon and Colorado where wedding vendors are facing
state-imposed penalties, including possible jail time, for simply running their
businesses according to deeply-held religious values.
There is no question
that homosexuality is a sin according to Christian teaching, and that marriage
is exclusively a man-woman proposition. Same-sex “marriages” are thus
counterfeit marriages, and no wedding vendor should be compelled against his
conscience and Christian conviction to positively affirm something that
Now the right to the
free exercise of religion - “exercise” means it applies all the time, 24 hour a
day, seven days a week - is enshrined in the Constitution. In fact, it is the
very first of the unalienable rights the Founders protected in the Bill of
Conversely, there is
no express right in the Constitution to engage in sodomy. You can read the
Constitution from left to right, from right to left, backwards, upside down and
in Sanskrit and you will find no mention of sodomy whatsoever. But the right to
religious liberty is right there in black and white, staring you in the face in
the first sentence of the Bill of Rights.
In addition, every
state in the Union, including Arizona, prohibits discrimination on the basis or
religion. I submit that throwing a practicing Christian in jail because of his
religious views is egregious discrimination, and should be in the eyes of any
clear-thinking individual whose mind and heart have not been darkened by the
spirit of the age.
So the Arizona bill
simply affirms protections that are already found in the Constitution and state
law. It prevents unconstitutional and illegal discrimination rather than
Just as no
homosexual printer should be forced against his will to produce pamphlets for
the Family Research Council, so no Christian baker should be forced to
participate in the solemnizing of a ceremony that violates Scripture’s view of
The Bible is
straightforward and unambiguous: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of
darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
The bullies and
bigots of Big Gay find themselves in the untenable position of wanting to use
the tyrannical power of government to force Christians to commit sin and to
violate their most deeply held convictions. This is offensive to a colossal
degree and violates every classic American value you can mention.
actually believed in tolerance, they would respect the convictions of Christian
businessmen and happily and contentedly go to other vendors. It’s worth noting
that every one of the complaining homosexual couples readily found other
vendors to photograph their ceremonies, make their flower arrangements, and
bake their cakes.
But the truth is
they don’t believe in tolerance at all. In reality, they are jack-booted
homofascist thugs who want to use the totalitarian and tyrannical power of the
state to send men of faith to jail. That sounds far more like Nazi Germany than
the United States of America.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions
expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
American Family Association or American Family Radio.)