In an interview last week with conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch, Republican Presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz expressed support for the Indiana religious freedom law in its original state. There is, he lamented, “a concerted effort targeting people of faith.” And unless someone can refuse to provide a service (that they otherwise provide) based on a customer’s sexual orientation, we’re basically at the point of forcing rabbis to eat pork.
Nobody in their right mind would force a Catholic priest to perform a Protestant wedding. Likewise, nobody in their right mind would force a Jewish rabbi to perform a Christian wedding or, for that matter, to violate kosher and go consume pork.
Of course, while it would be completely disingenuous to suggest that any of this is actually happening, he’s right that no one who respects religious freedom actually wants or is advocating this — certainly not those speaking out against discrimination.
No one is saying that someone has to sell a specific product. Nobody is mandating that people have to offer wedding cakes, or perform cross-religious ceremonies, or change their dietary habits. But if a person chooses to offer a product, he or she can’t discriminate against customers. That’s it.
So if you sell cakes, you can’t refuse to sell them to gay people; if you sell ham sandwiches, you can’t refuse to sell them to some other group of people. If you don’t sell ham sandwiches, though, no one is going to make you, or penalize you if you don’t.
That distinction seems to be ignored by those who, like Cruz, are advocating for the Indiana law in its original state.
As for Cruz, though, that wasn’t even his most duplicitous moment.
We have long had a tradition from the beginning of this country of respecting religious liberty and accommodating and respecting the good-faith religious views of our citizens.
And it is only the intolerance of the current day of the far-left that views with which they disagree — the far-left is such a radical proponent of gay marriage that anyone whose faith teaches to the contrary, anyone whose faith teaches that marriage is a sacrament of one man and one woman, a holy union before God, the far-left views that religious view as unacceptable and they’re trying to use the machinery of the law to crush those religious views. And I think it is wrong, I think it is intolerant, and I think it is entirely inconsistent with who we are as a people.
This is just blatantly untrue. The revised Indiana law does nothing to crush those views. A person is as entitled as they ever were to ignore all the polygamy in the Bible and convince themselves that God really always meant for marriage to be between two opposite-gender heterosexuals. That won’t stop other people from disagreeing with their views, obviously, but a person has every legal right to hold that notion.
What they are not welcome to do is discriminate based on those views. Cruz seems to think that because conservative Christians really, really dislike a group, and have an okay from God to think that way, they should be entitled to discriminate freely.
As most Americans have already figured out, that’s not an entitlement they should have. None of us should.