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Be careful what you wish for - the other side of this is allowing companies to put signs on their door that say "NO CHRISTIANS" or "GAYS ONLY."
Or - "NO COLOREDS"..... or
"NO FAT CHICKS"
There are already laws allowing churches and clergy to opt out of performing marriages.
Allowing a JUDGE or a CLERK of the government to refuse service that is open to others is discrimination.
You know this -
You don't have a right to be free from assholes. Do you understand that the only way to accomplish that is to round up everyone who doesn't agree with you (how else would you determine what an "asshole" is, if not by self-comparison) and then either "re-educate" or exterminate them?
Does that even bother you guys?
Yeah, why worry about Muslims and the dreaded Sharia law when the Christians that are HERE NOW are entrenched in our government and CLEARLY hyper-focused on implementing their own brand of religion-based government?
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
Did I say anything about "extermination"?
THE LAW applies to everyone (in theory) - tell me, are you familiar with residential zone "red-lining" in the history of Real Estate in the US?
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
So then you agree with the proposed First Amendment Defence act?
In the United States, redlining is the practice of denying services, either directly or through selectively raising prices, to residents of certain areas based on the racial or ethnic makeups of those areas. While some of the most famous examples of redlining regard denying financial services such as banking or insurance, other services such as health care  or even supermarkets, can be denied to residents to carry out redlining. The term "redlining" was coined in the late 1960s by John McKnight, a sociologist and community activist. It refers to the practice of marking a red line on a map to delineate the area where banks would not invest; later the term was applied to discrimination against a particular group of people (usually by race or sex) irrespective of geography.
Definition: Redlining is against the law. It is a discriminatory practice, involving lenders which refuse to lend money or extend credit to borrowers in certain "struggling" areas of town. It is against the law to discriminate against borrowers based on race or income level, among other factors. Redlining became known as such because lenders would draw a red line around a neighborhood on a map, often targeting areas with a high concentration of minorities, and then refusing to lend in those areas because they considered the risk too high.
Even though it is now against the law, some lenders today are still accused of redlining.
No, I don't. It defines "discriminatory action" as ANY action against such a person, including a penalty assessed. In other words, This law would protect a person from a penalty if they discriminate based on their religion. A non-religious person who performed the SAME act would be penalized by the government. It is special rights for the religious. And I don't support special rights for anyone.
Under this law, it would be perfectly legal for Kim Davis to deny legal rights to gay people because ... religion. She would not be allowed to be penalized in any way and would keep her job. Under this law, it would be legal for a restaurant owner to kick black people, gay people, women out of their restaurant because ... religion.
So we're back to the whole debate on whether homosexuality is a choice or not. Which no one knows.