Friday, July 3, 2015
WHAT A CONUNDRUM!
I can only witness marriages that are sanctioned by the Church and recognized by her. Can the state force me to witness marriages as a legal agent of the state? I don't know. I don't think so yet. I would not do it even if forced and my poor old bishop would have to be sued.
But what about businesses, public business, walk off the street and into your place of business type of businesses? Can the state make you wait on or sell to or take photos of or bake cakes for gay people and their civil marriages?
I think so! Yes and here is my conundrum, I think the state should protect people from being discriminated in this regard from public businesses, even privately owned ones.
If I am a photographer and advertise my business to the public (I am not talking about a hobby that I do for those who know I am a good photographer and want to pay me an honorarium for taking on their wedding), I think I am obligated to wait on my customers unless they are making a scene of some kind, like no shirts, no shoes, no business.
If I am in business and I don't want to do a particular wedding myself, I find someone who will or subcontract it out. It is as simple as that. The same for the cake baking.
If I work for the state as a civil magistrate and I do all kinds of weddings of people who are free to marry and others questionable, can I exclude gay couples now? I don't think so. One would have to quit if one has moral qualms.
But does a cake baker have to write anything on their cakes? If I don't want to use same sex plastic couples on top of my wedding cakes do I have to provide these? I don't think so, but who knows, I'm not a civil lawyer.
If people are so indignant about same sex marriage in that they won't do business with them in any fashion and in an open to the public business, should they not be consistent in their righteousness?
Should disconnect their cable television and internet both providers of the filth that has made our nation sexually amoral?
Should stop doing business with those who do cater to those who are considered immoral and support planned parenthood?
Should stop paying taxes that are used for immoral purposes by the government and be willing to go to prison for it?
Should stay off the highways because there are those who break the speeding laws (about 99%) of humanity.
Should not frequent places of business that serve gays?
You see where I am going. What a conundrum!