Civil Rights and Discrimination
Yesterday’s "Religious Liberty Summit" featured a number of panelists with lengthy anti-LGBTQ records. https://t.co/evqLbN53Of
— GLAAD (@glaad) July 31, 2018
The GOP is right to protect religious adoption agencies which deny service to gay couples. This won’t stop LGBT people (like me) from adopting elsewhere, but it will allow more faith-based orgs to operate and help kids in need.
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) July 31, 2018
A reminder that nationwide #MarriageEquality was realized three years ago today because of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee and the author of more pro-gay #SCOTUS decisions than anyone in American history #EqualityForward https://t.co/etbCqvB5FO
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 26, 2018
More. Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media writes:
It appears Stutzman will have to show what Phillips showed — that anti-Christian bias was fundamental to the original ruling against her. This will prove more difficult than in Phillips’ case, and the odds are good that the Washington Supreme Court will reissue its old ruling, again prompting a Supreme Court appeal.
Perhaps in 2020 or 2021, the Supreme Court will finally defend free speech and religious freedom, explaining that a Christian florist’s decision to opt out of serving a same-sex wedding is fundamentally different from refusing to serve all LGBT people. Only at that point will justice truly have been served.
A bit surprised that #SCOTUS remanded Arlene’s Flowers. Not in a legal realist sense—they clearly don’t want to resolve the issue—but Masterpiece Cakeshop was already a punt, so lower court will now rubber stamp its previous ruling and we’ll be back at same place. #CatoSCOTUS
— Ilya Shapiro (@ishapiro) June 25, 2018
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 8, 2018
I am proud of everyone who is marching in the #TLVPride Parade today in support of #diversity and #equality. Promoting, protecting, and advancing human rights – including the rights of #LGBTI persons – has long been the policy of the United States. pic.twitter.com/sQLoBC1xv5
— David M. Friedman (@USAmbIsrael) June 8, 2018
HATCH on #PrideMonth : The LGBT community deserves our unwavering love and support, and the assurance that not only is there a place for them in this society, but that it is far better off because of them. #utpol pic.twitter.com/tAL1F3xSUc
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) June 13, 2018
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 1, 2018
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 6, 2018
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 13, 2018
Happy 94th birthday to President @GeorgeHWBush!
“People should be able to do what they want to do, without discrimination. People have a right to be happy.” pic.twitter.com/4cw3gUSlhT
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 12, 2018
Here are highlights from Dreher’s post:
I can understand why CrossFit did what it did. You can’t be a spokesman for a company and tweet out something that can be so damaging to the company’s brand. Berger had to make a choice between his job and his personal convictions, and though he had the choice made for him by his imprudence, I believe he wouldn’t have changed a thing.
The case that caused Berger to tweet is more troubling. The owner of the now-closed Indianapolis CrossFit gym did not want to host a Pride event, out of religious conviction. … Lots of staff quit the gym over this, and it had to close. Again: that is people’s right. The owner, apparently a Christian, has now lost his business (temporarily, one hopes) because of his faith stance. It did not involve the government, but the choice of his employees and customers not to associate with a Christian business owner who does things like this. It’s a free country.
However, don’t underestimate the power of this gesture. Gay activists and their supporters among the gym’s employees destroyed this Christian’s business, not because he wouldn’t allow gays to work out at the gym, but because he would not permit them to celebrate gay Pride there.
Dreher added in an update:
Let me make it clear again, since on evidence of the comments, some readers don’t understand. I think it was foolish for the CrossFit spokesman to tweet what he did, and I think that it was fair for the company, given its values, to fire him over that (even though I wish they had not). I support the right of the employees of this Indy CrossFit gym to quit in protest, and the right of customers to leave it in protest. It’s a free country. Whether they were morally right to do it is a separate question. It is an indisputable fact that the owner’s business was destroyed by the insta-boycott. Had he allowed the Pride workout, he would still have a business. He didn’t, and so he doesn’t. …
In a normal world, Christians on staff at a gym owned by an atheist could have scheduled, I dunno, an Easter Worship Workout (silly, yes, but so is a Pride workout). The atheist owner could say, “Wait a minute, I welcome your business, Christians, but hosting an event that celebrates your religion is too much for me. I believe that religion is a destructive force.” The Christians may be hurt by that, but they respect his beliefs, and realize that he is acting out of principle.
To act to force an atheist business owner to host a religious event that violated his deeply held principles ought to have been seen by those seeking to host that religious event as disrespectful and indeed as bullying, and an affront to the kind of virtues we need to live together in a pluralistic republic.
The CrossFit pride controversy again raises issues of whether small business owners (in this case a franchisee) who are traditionally conservative religious believers should be able to opt out of participating in LGBT rites and celebrations while otherwise welcoming LGBT customers.
Dreher’s position will displease both conservative Christians who are condemning the corporate executive’s firing, and Pride supporters who felt that the Indianapolis CrossFit was hostile to LGBT equality, as exemplified by refusing to host the Pride event.
This issue isn’t going away, and we’ll see if LGBT progressives double down on their intransigence against those with traditional religious views.
And please spare us the “Well, they oppressed us when they had the power” responses, as if that were a morally convincing argument.
Kathleen Domingo at @NR_Institute: after Catholic Charities exited California foster care circa 2006, no one picked up slack and many Catholic families were no longer pulled into fostering by institutional cues.
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) May 24, 2018
According to this report:
Jason Carruthers, the president of Mad Wax on Walker Road, said he was surprised at the legal move since he had explained to the complainant that the spa did not offer Brazilian wax services on male body parts.
“I have no male wax staff,” Carruthers said Friday. “We are not able to provide that service.”
A local transgender woman claims she was denied services based on her gender identity and gender expression and is seeking $50,000 for “immense harm to my dignity.” …
“I once again reiterate and state my position and the position of Mad Wax Windsor Inc. that all clients, regardless of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, are welcome,” he said in a statement. “However, we also welcome and support all of our staff members and respect their religious beliefs and feelings of safety and dignity in regards to the right to perform waxing services on males or male genitals.”
At instapundit.com, David Bernstein writes:
The good news, such as it is, is that this is Canada, and the hierarchy of intersectional harm is a bit fuzzy in this case: “the female employee working that day was a practising Muslim who refrains from physical contact with males outside of her family.” And in an age of Me Too!, are we really arguing about whether a woman should be forced to groom the male genital area?