This is my attempt to explain in as non-threatening language as I possess, concerning a new law in Indiana; the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. I understand many people have ideas that are fairly fixed, however this is my attempt to place perspective on this or similar law.
“I don’t get why if we expect doctors and lawyers to take any and all clients that come through their doors, we can’t expect everyone who operates a business in the public square, under state regulated corporate protection for their assets, to behave with the same maturity and respect.” ~ Dr. Michael Freiheit
The opinion expressed by the Indiana doctor goes to the heart of equal protection under the law. Set aside judgment on who is challenging the law, meaning that he identified himself as a homosexual atheist doctor, but look at the situation from the reverse position. Could it be considered fair and non-discriminatory for a doctor to refuse services to Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. based on their religion or ethnicity?
Think back how that turned out for Jews in 1930s Germany? Of course we’re not as far down the rabbit hole as was Nazi Germany. There is no one that wants their doctor to do a religious litmus test, so why do we think that it should be a requirement if the person(s) paying for and receiving a service are Christian, or have the same values? After all, we live in a melting pot society. We celebrate our ability as a nation to graciously accept other cultures, thoughts and religion, yet believe we have the right to reject performing a service if the other person doesn’t conform to our views and philosophy?
In order to protect everyone, it’s necessary to be treated equally under the law. No one is asking anyone to set aside their belief in family structure, ie. 1 male & 1 female for marriage, in order to bake a cake, sell flowers, repair a car or treat a disease. The heterosexual business owner doesn’t have to temporarily become a homosexual or commit to behavior contrary to their personal religious belief, simply be equally gracious to those they think are “living in sin” as much as those believed to be morally pure and chosen for greater things beyond this life.
My personal experience comes from raising 4 unique children who are all now adults, and have different personal perspectives and conduct. I sometimes find they do things which I see as inappropriate, yet I love each of them. If I, as an imperfect father can love and be kind to them, then how much more would an all powerful, all knowing God think towards the human family? It boggles my mind to think there is even the slightest disdain toward any who don’t identify themselves as Christian or heterosexual by this same omniscient deity.
I hope I explained it without offending anyone. My point, is to think we can find methods and words which are inclusive of love, values and process to learn from each other.