Why do people assume that any fight for religious freedom is a fight to justify discrimination? These individuals state that when someone is given the right to refuse service to someone based on religious principles, they are given the right to “discriminate” against someone because that someone is not in line with those religious principles. But most of these people wishing to live their religious beliefs are Christians and believe, as part of those religious principles in question, that people should be treated equally and fairly, regardless of anything about them. But there are certain aspects of life in modern America that many Christians are fundamentally opposed to. And that is their right.
Just as a Muslim can expect to be treated fairly on their beliefs surrounding pork, a Christian should expect to be treated fairly on their fundamentally Christian religious beliefs. But instead of recognizing that these are deeply held personal beliefs, rooted in the Bible and going back thousands of years, those opposed to religious freedom discriminate against Christians by holding them accountable for their beliefs in a way that other religious groups are not held accountable. When someone puts bacon on the door of a mosque, it is a hate crime and terrorism. When someone attacks a Christian for not wanting to bake a cake, they are attacking “discrimination” and are justified.
How is it not considered discrimination for someone to be opposed to someone else’s fundamental Christian beliefs? It is everyone’s right to be entitled to their own beliefs – regardless of what they are – but in the United States everyone has the right to live their beliefs so long as they do not cause harm to another person. Discrimination is a two-way street, especially when it comes to discrimination against people who are supposedly “discriminating” against someone else because of deeply held religious beliefs.