I recently had a discussion with someone with regarding the Indiana and the RFRA.
The governor of Indiana signed a bill into law that ensures religious freedom to companies, which could allow them to deny people service. Most businesses don’t really care what you do as long as you pay them, but apparently enough do that we still have to have laws like this. This law has been active in over half of the USA and, for reasons I can’t even, states are STILL passing it today. I suppose I shouldn’t act so surprised. Women often get paid less, black and Hispanic people are still looked over in the job application process for being named something other than John, Michael, or Ted; and birth control is still considered a “controversial issue” despite over population and a culture where ridiculous amounts of people rely on entitlements because, as it turns out, it’s fucking hard to raise a child as a single parent who makes less than 24k a year. Hell, it’s hard to be two parents raising a family on 50K a year.
I digress: my point is: America is progressive, yeah, but it’s also ass backwards on so many things. , I shouldn’t be so surprised that the RFRA is still a thing.
One of my friends disagreed with me. They brought up a gay couple that wanted to pay a bakery a pretty sum of money to bake them a cake for their wedding day.
PAUSE: This happened in Colorado. Not Indiana. I don’t know why the cake example continues to come up, but it does and since it did, let’s continue.
The people who ran the bakery in Colorado *basically said, “You mean for a gay wedding? No. We will not serve you. We are against gay people because Christianity is all about being a butt queefing shit rag to people we disagree with. OUTLAW COUNTRY.”
Back to Indiana and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – an act that would make situations like the one I just mentioned way more difficult to deal with in court.
I joined the millions of people in raising an eyebrow and muttering a crass phrase of disapproval of the governor’s actions. I laughed when Gen Con said, “Bye, Felicia,” and Salesforce pulled their expansion plans out of Indiana.
“I don’t think that’s right,” my friend said.
“How?” I asked, “Salesforce has every right to pull whatever they want to from wherever they want to for whatever reason.”
“Would you sue a Muslim restaurant that won’t serve pork to cater to non-Muslims?”
Of course not. However, this isn’t about pork and it isn’t about what you do or do not serve, but rather whom. Muslim restaurant owners aren’t going to deny their services to me because I am not Muslim. I can go into any Muslim owned restaurant I want and order whatever I want off of their menu. I happen to know that Muslims aren’t all about pork products, so I don’t go into their restaurants demanding bacon.
Even if I did, they would say,
“We don’t serve pork because… Um… Well, I don’t know how to tell you this without sounding like I’m talking down to you, but we have never eaten pork in the history of ever, so we don’t serve it in our restaurant. We can definitely serve you something else, though, if you want to stay.”
The people who ran the bakery told the gay couple, “No cake, no way, we will never serve you. Period. OUTLAW COUNTRY.”
Unlike the hypothetical Muslim restaurant that doesn’t even keep pork products in their building because the bulk of their clientele won’t order it, the actual, real life bakery had cake. They just, you know, refused to make the cake for the gay couple. Good grief. Just sell the damn cake. Let the couple take care of the cake toppers (which is what usually happens anyway, if I’m not mistaken) and sell the damn cake!
Why. Is. This. A. Thing.
I fail to understand. Even Chik Fil-A will serve gay people. Chik Fil-A, a company that funnels money into gay-rehab camps and may have funded organizations that bombed women’s health care clinics in the 90’s, will still serve homosexuals.
I’m not religious, but I don’t need some intangible authority figure to tell me that you shouldn’t be a butt queefing shit rag to other people. Isn’t that easier? People can eat cake, people can live without bring ostracized, and people will be able to travel somewhere without fear that they will be abducted and brutally murdered on camera.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that Jesus said something similar, albeit in a much more pleasant way than I just did.
You should treat other people well. You should lead by example. You do that by living and loving well yourself.
You don’t do it by pitching a hissy baby fit over other people and the way they live.
My friend disagreed with me. Whatever. I didn’t yell at my friend. Instead I explained my position, listened to theirs, and the universe didn’t collapse. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU AREN’T AN ASSHOLE.
Don’t be a butt queefing shit rag. It’s just not that hard to be decent.
Edit: There was no appropriate place to write that I think this is all a huge distraction to keep the USA from focusing on a covert operation to nuke something. There is a bomb. We are all going to die. And they don’t want us to focus on the fact that humans only have about 200 years left before we all kill each other.