So you want the right to refuse your services to people who go against your religious beliefs…

What you’re really asking is for it to be legal for you to discriminate. And no matter your wording, it’s no secret who it is you want to discriminate against: LGBT people. American citizens endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, just like you.

But if you truly don’t want to provide your services to a person who goes against your beliefs, what about other people you label “sinners?”

To stay true to your conviction of providing your services only to those living by your beliefs, I suggest a “litmus test” for every customer, to be sure each customer’s moral standards are in line with yours, as dictated by your religious beliefs.

Shouldn’t you refuse to do business with:
Anyone who is Pro-Choice?
Drug addicts?
Divorced people?
Anyone with lust in their heart?

If you are only singling out gay people, that is discrimination, and wouldn’t that be considered a sin?

I don’t remember Jesus saying anything to his disciples like “go forth and discriminate against people of your choosing.”

And if your discrimination is a sin, then you are being pretty hypocritical in refusing service to others even when Christ continues to extend the service of grace to you. Jesus sure had a lot to say about the hypocrites of his time. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.” Maybe they had put a sign on the kingdom of heaven’s door that said “No LGBTQ folks Allowed!”

So, religious business owner, if you’re going to refuse one sinner you have to refuse them all, and perhaps, refuse yourself.

You can’t have your cake and not let them eat it too!

Wouldn’t it be nicer to have the same spirit of inclusion that Christ extends to you—and then everyone could be served?

Artie Van Why

Artie Van Why, recently chose to part ways with the United Methodist Church, following General Conference 2012. After attending Asbury College in KY, Artie moved to New York City. His stage performances include Jesus in 'Godspell' and Snoopy in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'. In June of 2001, his office moved across the street from the World Trade Center. He reported to work as usual on the morning of September 11th. Artie began writing about his experience on 9/11 and the weeks that followed. Artie wrote and produced a staged reading in New York City of a play called 'That Day in September'. The reading made its debut to a sold-out crowd and was presented in many other venues. Artie now lives in Lancaster County, PA. In June 2006, Artie self-published the book version of That Day in September. Artie speaks publicly whenever given the opportunity, and his script is available for production.

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