A Muslim butcher may be forced to make pork sausage for an orgy so long as the butcher is not forced to promote a love of pig meat and orgies, just like a Christian baker is forced to make a cake for a gay wedding, so long as the Christian is not forced to go against their religious beliefs and promote same-sex unions. At least that is the current legal understanding of how this sort of thing works under the new laws in the United States, where Religious Freedom should rule supreme – and butchers and bakers should be allowed to refuse service based on their religious beliefs.
This is not the same as racism in the South, where people were discriminated against and mistreated wherever they went because of the color of their skin. This is someone making a decision, based on Religious Freedom, to refuse to service to a potential customer. They are losing business – at their own choice – and the customer has to walk down the street to another bakery or butcher shop where they may be more than happy to help them.
But in America, today, we are taking “Religious Freedom” as bigotry and hatred. But that is not the case at all. It is still Religious Freedom, and it is part of what makes the United States the United States. It is the Right to choose one’s religion, and practice that freely without any fear of repercussion from the Government. Yet, now, we have repercussions from the Government. We can be forced into classes and to file reports on how we treat all of our customers, regardless of our beliefs. We are labeled with terms that used to be applied to very specific people, but now are thrown at anyone who exercises their Religious Freedom in difference to someone else’s personal beliefs on a subject.
Is the United States losing its Religious Freedom? If we choose not to stand against those that are working to take it away – from anti-religious groups to the Government itself – then the United States will lose one of its most fundamental Freedoms. And when it is gone, it will be gone for good.