There's a lot of blame to go around in this article.
Over the past year, we've had Christian bakers being (successfully) sued by gay couples for refusing to bake their wedding cake; the bakers claiming that "participation" in a gay wedding violates their religious beliefs. We've had a county clerk put in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay coupes because it offends her Christian religious beliefs.
And then there's this story about two Muslim truck drivers who successfully sued their employer for firing them because they refused to deliver beer, claiming it violated their religious beliefs.
The obvious, and partially correct, conclusion is that Christian beliefs are given short shrift, while accommodations for Muslims is becoming more politically correct. in America. I say partially, because the headlines don't tell the whole story in each of these instances.
Let's take the Muslim truck drivers, for instance. They were actually assisted by the U.S government, in the form of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who sued on their behalf. The EEOC claimed that the truck company failed to provide alternative jobs or routes to the Muslim drivers, instead using their refusal to deliver as an excuse for firing them without due cause. After five years, the company finally admitted liability, which made the jury verdict easier to render. However, it is unlikely that the two Muslims will ever see a dime of that $240,000 verdict, as the transportation company went out of business shortly after their admission of liability.
Sucks to be them.
So, yeah, I get it. The trucking company could certainly have acted in better faith by trying to find these two religiously sensitive guys alternate routes / cargoes to deliver, instead of coming down with the draconian solution of firing them outright. It is generally bad business to treat your employees with that lack of respect or flexibility. But that being said, what did these two guys think they were getting into, looking for work at a place where anything and everything got shipped each and every day? Do you think these two geniuses asked the question during their job interviews about whether they would be required to haul alcoholic products in the course of their duties?
I think not.
But it certainly didn't strain the EEOC to find fault with the company that fired these Muslims, rather than assigning blame equally to the men who obviously sought work without articulating their own restrictions, knowing those restrictions wouldn't have gotten them their jobs in the first place.
Now to the Christian baker and gay weddings.
Let me start off by saying that I equate people who refuse to treat people equally the same.
Whether you're a Christian baker or a KKK Grand Kleagle, discriminating against two consenting adults due to their sexual preference or against someone for the color of their skin is the same thing. BOTH are morally wrong. Let's simplify this for everyone - there is no difference between opening up a public bakery and saying everybody is welcome to use your services except gay people, as it is for someone to open up a public restaurant and say that anyone can eat there except for black people.
It's that simple.
So the bakers were wrong to refuse service to the gay couple. And their excuse, claiming that by baking a cake for the couple they were "participants" in a gay wedding, was absolutely ludicrous. By the time someone is munching down on your tasty treat, that ship has already sailed. You're really trying to say that you're at the same level as a quarterback on a football team because you brought the nachos to the tailgate party. Sorry - that dog don't hunt.
However, the gay couple was equally in the wrong for making such a big deal about this. After all, it's not as if there aren't other bakers within a reasonable drive from just about anywhere you live. Out the baker for being the narrow-minded bigot they are, but there is no cause to make a Federal case (literally) out of their refusal.
As to the county clerk in Kentucky, I wrote about her back in September. You can read more about her here.
The bottom line with her is that she wants to pick and choose what laws she is willing to uphold, and as an elected official, you may not do that and expect to retain your job. Her feelings and beliefs should end at the entrance to her office.
So how does this all equate to a swift decline for America? We've traded in our common sense and logic for feelings and beliefs. We've elevated ourselves to be the judge and jury on everything that surrounds us, even if it doesn't actually affect us. We've become a country of whiny, self-centered and needy people who feel the need to impose our will on others, rather than let others live their lives in peace. If you're not with us, you're against us. Everything is black and white - gray is no longer an accepted color. It's the me generation writ large. And it has to stop.
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