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The religious freedom bills are all a bunch of bullsh*t.

In case you aren’t aware, both North Carolina and Mississippi have passed “religious freedom” bills which basically allow businesses to discriminate against people who identify as LGBT.

Here’s a little snapshot of the North Carolina bill:

The measure would allow government officials to cite “sincerely held” religious beliefs as a reason to not participate in same-sex marriages in the state. Magistrates and registers of deeds must formally opt-out in writing —making them exempt from performing marriage duties for six months.

The governor of North Carolina (Pat McCrory – R) vetoed the bill, but was outvoted. He had this to say:

McCrory vetoed the legislation last month, insisting that though he personally opposed same-sex marriage and believes the institution must be between a man and a women, he was against the measure because “we are a nation and a state of laws.”

“Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no public official who voluntarily swears to support and defend the Constitution and to discharge all duties of their office should be exempt from upholding that oath,” he said in a statement.

Absolutely, 100% agree.

Okay. Now let’s move on to Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant signed this bill into law and had this to say:

Bryant said he signed the bill into law “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government.”
The legislation does not challenge federal law — “even those which are in conflict with the Mississippi Constitution” — and reinforces First Amendment rights, a statement from the governor said.
“The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived,” he said.
Okay. Here we go.
First of all, the federal law doesn’t include LGBT individuals as a protected class.
The groups protected from the employment discrimination by law. These groups include men and women on the basis of sex; any group which shares a common race, religion, color, or national origin; people over 40; and people with physical or mental handicaps. Every U.S. citizen is a member of some protected class, and is entitled to the benefits of EEO law. However, the EEO laws were passed to correct a history of unfavorable treatment of women and minority group members.

So for Gov. Bryant to even mention that is disingenuous.

Next, if your religious views won’t allow you to carry out the function of your GOVERNMENT job, then you need to get another job.  Period.

Finally, I call bullsh*t on all of this. ALL OF IT.  These bills (and there are others coming) have NOTHING to do with “religious freedom” as so much as it has to do with your desire to passively address your intolerance and hatred toward people who identify as LGBT.

Let me tell you how I know this.

You aren’t going to refuse business to someone who walks in your place of business who is a fornicator, who has lied, who has stolen, who is an adulterer, a drug abuser, alcoholic, whore, and on and on and on.

Because guess what would happen if you were to refuse service to EVERYBODY who was participating in sin? YOU WOULDN’T HAVE A BUSINESS. You would have nobody to serve. And you DEFINITELY wouldn’t be qualified to run a business.

I don’t know what Jesus is going to do about A LOT of stuff. But what I DO know is that He has DEMANDED that I (1) love ALL people, saint AND sinner, and (2) that I DO NOT get to make judgments.

I also can’t find the verse where Christ said it’s cool to discriminate. But I’m no theologian so maybe I missed it.

I joke and play around a lot. But one thing I DO NOT play with is using God’s name or the Word of God to justify evildoing and being plain ugly. The “people of God” who are using His name to do the exact opposite of what He instructed us to will have to answer to Him. In this life or the next.

Good luck with that, you damn devils.

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