Missouri Republicans Eager To Enshrine Discrimination Against Gay People Into Law
On Wednesday morning, Missouri Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver to end a 39-hour Democratic filibuster against a new “religious freedom” law meant to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. Upon voting, the law was approved 23-9, along party lines, but will have to be voted on again by the Senate before going through the House and becoming law.
The measure would prohibit the government from punishing businesses that refuse to sell goods or services to couples having same-sex weddings for “religious reasons.”
Republican State Senator Bob Onder stated that he supported the measure because “No one should be compelled to make a work with their own hands that’s offensive to their beliefs.” I wonder if he would say the same thing about Lester Maddox, who felt it was offensive to his beliefs to sell food to black people? That’s certainly a way a lot of people used to feel, and perhaps still do! Should we bring back segregation so that none of them have to do anything offensive to their personal beliefs?
You know, I am not a bible expert, so I decided to look and see if there was anything in the bible that would suggest that selling a wedding cake to a gay couple would cause one to be damned to hell or some such! Alas, it seems that most of the rules regarding buying and selling seem to apply mostly to slaves–like how if you sell your daughter into slavery, she apparently doesn’t have to be released after six years as she would if she were a man. Good to know, but not super applicable in this case!
I did find one thing however, in John 2:14-16!
And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”
WEIRD. It’s almost like Jesus didn’t want his temples to be a place of business, and not particularly into the idea of mixing religion with the exchange of money. So it seems a little strange, does it not, that such pious followers of his would want their places of business to be considered as such?
I also found this, in Proverbs 11:26
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
So, it looks like Jesus was not actually all that into mixing religion and business, and that God will actually curse you if you refuse to sell people stuff!
I don’t believe in God, but if I happen to be wrong, it would be kind of funny if these bigots got to the pearly gates and were refused entry on account of refusing to sell cakes for gay weddings.