Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I’m going to question Lorne Blackmans’ letter to the editor regarding SB 5927.
He states that SB 5927 is wholly intended to protect rights of business owners. Which business owners?
In my opinion it is a device to undermine laws already in place against discrimination. No one was harmed, he claims, when Arlene’s Florist Shop refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding. Really, maybe hurt a bit. Shocked, humiliated, nothing much, right?
Flowers for a wedding could be purchased elsewhere and they were — but my point here is clear:
This is not about flowers; it is about not serving anyone, an individual or business.
SB 5927 would allow any person on religious or deep convictions of belief an out to deny services to another person or business. Of course, it is really to discriminate against homosexuals. It can’t avoid federal laws that prohibit discrimination on nearly every facet of American life, except for sexual orientation. How convenient for the sponsors of SB 5927. Now who’s left of center?
It would be only a manner of time before an incident in any emergency situation would try this dangerous new law in real time.
In a hospital, for example — “Sorry, I heard that person there call you his husband. I realize you’re injured but I can’t perform life saving surgery on any same sex couple’s spouse. I’m a Christian with deeply held beliefs. Go with God!”
Think this couldn’t happen? Think again.
As a Christian, I believe almost everyone would never withhold life-saving surgery. I personally would help a stranger in need and I would never even consider their sexual orientation, religious belief or physical “look” as a reason to not assist in an emergency.
People like me are not left of center or radical. I do not have a demonic agenda and a will to destroy families.
I believe in families. It’s why I married. My partner and I will jointly celebrate our wedding this summer along with his parents. We will be eight years married. (Thanks Canada.)
It is about love, commitment and American values. Human values.
I hold no ill will toward the florist. We are both Christians and I understand deeply held convictions.
The courts will make a decision here — may wisdom prevail for everyone involved.