Oh sure. We conservative Christians who fear reprisal from the gay community and their government lackeys are simply being paranoid. The government will never trample upon our God-given right to religious liberty.
The only problem with this logic is that the government most certainly has trampled on our religious freedom, and they will continue to do so as long as we allow it. The latest example comes to us from Illinois, where a Christian couple declined to allow their facilities to be used for a homosexual civil-union ceremony.
An Illinois inn that refused to allow a same-sex couple hold their civil union ceremony on the property was fined more than $80,000 by the Illinois Human Rights Commission on Tuesday.
An administrative law judge with the commission ordered TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast to pay $15,000 each to Todd and Mark Wathen for emotional distress.
The gay couple instead held their ceremony elsewhere, which should be the simple, rational response to anyone turning down your business. But they also decided to sue the Christians for acting like… Christians.
“We are very happy that no other couple will have to experience what we experienced by being turned away and belittled and criticized for who we are,” one of the gay men said about the ruling.
The emotional distress must have been great, because Illinois’ Human Rights Commission plans to force the Christian couple to fork over more than 80 grand. Apparently, today we live in a fascist nation where one segment of society can force another segment into slavery. And if you think I’m simply being melodramatic, you’re wrong. When one person is forced into servitude by another against their will, this is the very definition of slavery.
It’s also not how the free market works.
The free market (or capitalism) is predicated on the idea that everyone involved is there of their own volition. The seller wants to sell and the buyer wants to buy. If Chick-fil-A tried to sue a gay protester for boycotting their fast food chain, would the Human Rights Commission force the protester to pay damages to Chick-fil-A? Of course not! Because, that’s ridiculous. You can choose to spend your money where you want to spend it, so to should a businessman be able to accept or turn down your money when they want to.
This is the essence of the free market and of freedom itself.
You can read more about the terrible assault on religious liberty at these links: