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Christian Businesses Should Be Able to Discriminate Against Gays, Claims Focus on the Family (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Focus on the Family’s political arm CitizenLink recently claimed that Christian businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people as part of their "religion."

CitizenLink's Stuart Shepard (video below) said that Oregon civil rights law protects sexual orientation and religion (among other groups), but Christians “lose."

His example was a Christian-owned Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

"The Christian owners said they could not use their artistic ability to make a one-of-a-kind cake to celebrate something they do not support," said Shepard.

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"The state pointed to the civil rights law that was amendment a few years ago to include orientation and said the Christians lose," added Shepard. "The Oregon civil rights law also lists religion as a protected class, but activists are leveraging those laws to push Christians right out of business. When it’s a tie, the Christians lose."

ThinkProgress.org notes that the civil rights law in Oregon "applies only in specific contexts, such as employment, housing and public accommodations," such as a public business.

The Oregon civil rights law would not allow a gay business to discriminate against Christians or anyone else because of their religion. If a gay bakery refused to bake a cake for Christians because they're Christian, that would violate Oregon's civil rights law.

Shepard also pointed to Obamacare's contraception mandate as being unfair to Christian and Catholic organizations. However, Obamacare has provided a religious exemption for religious organizations that refuse to provide this type of health care for women.

The ACLU reports that using religion as an excuse to discriminate against women and gay people is becoming more prevalent in the US.

Sources: CitizenLink.com, ThinkProgress.org, ACLU