Christian Ministry Claims Anti-Gay Discrimination Isn't Discrimination (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Citizen Link, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, recently touted Republican wins in November and speculated what that would mean on federal and state levels.

During part of their Internet program (video below) last week, Citizen Link's Tom Minnery hoped that Republicans would pass laws in states that would allow Christian businesses to discriminate against gay weddings in the name of religious freedom.

"In slightly more than half the country, the laws protecting religious liberty need to be enhanced," said Minnery. "What does that mean? It means that if I own a business and I cater to the wedding industry and if I don't want to participate in a particular wedding, same-sex wedding, I ought to be able, based on my sincerely held religious belief, politely, to decline that business."

After clearly describing discrimination against gay people's weddings, Minnery stated, "Are these some kind of highly discriminatory acts of state legislatures if these bills pass? Absolutely not."

"Such a bill has been in place since the early 90s at the federal level, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act," added Minnery. "So these are very reasonable applications of legal principles that we think ought to pass state house to state house to state house, so we'll be working hard on doing that."

However, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 was not aimed at discriminating against gay people per religious beliefs, but rather to stop the federal government from using land that belongs to Native Americans and to protect the use of peyote by some Native Americans.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 does apply to all religions, but allows an exception when the federal government has a compelling interest, which has to be more than just government efficiency.

Sources: Citizen Link, Wikipedia