There are a lot of people who can’t wait to see a veto in Arizona of the Religious Freedom bill.
CNN & MSNBC have made it their cause celebre, GLAAD sees it as a great way to recover from their Duck Dynasty defeat and many in the establishment GOP see it as an excellent change to put those social conservatives in their place.
But if there is one person who wants a veto of Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill more than anyone else gotta be Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.
At first glance you might think that’s counter intuitive. Other than an e-mail blast fundraising bump what can Westboro have to gain from an Jan Brewer veto?
The left has spent a lot of time building a strawman falsely suggesting that this law is all about denying service in a Restaurants and accommodations to gay people. Regardless of the though of the matter this has become the media meme.
The end result? If this bill is rejected the media will declare that religion, conscience, a moral code, can NOT be used to deny anyone service, ANYONE.
Then watch watch Phelps and his minions dive in.
Do you own a Gay Club? A restaurant or resort that caters to a primarily gay clientele? Get ready. Once the Arizona law is safely dead then expect Westboro baptist to come on down.
They’ll be down to rent your location for a dinner or a rally or an event, the press will come, Phelps will get a ton of publicity and use your venue to do it.
Watch him and his cronies turn it into a tour of Arizona, if you have a business that can be identified as Gay or LGBT, Phelps & company and he’ll take plenty of pictures (as will the media) before you know when your business’ name is google the name Westboro baptist will come up in the results, Pictures? Watch your venue name with a smiling Fred Phelps holding one of his Trademark signs smiling next to it.
Oh and beware, if you give less that your best service and qualify or if a single employee decides to make a statement with a tiny bit of spittle Phelps’ lawyers will pounce and the judgements and settlements will be legendary.
Such a plan could already have been done of course but there would have been little national attention in it, but thanks to the MSM & Gay groups move in Arizona it’s now worth his while.
I suspect national leaders of the LGBT community might be counting on this. While Phelps extremism is rejected by most Christians national gay groups will be delighted to use him as a poster boy for every fundraising they decide to send
So don’t worry Gay business owner in Arizona, while your own business’ longterm reputation will be harmed and your search engine results corrupted you can take comfort that national fundraisers for GLAAD & others will be able to live large off of your troubles for years to come.
Count on it.
Update: As for the strawmen I mentioned Erick Erickson notes them:
If a Christian owns a bakery or a florist shop or a photography shop or a diner, a Christian should no more be allowed to deny service to a gay person than to a black person. It is against the tenets of 2000 years of orthodox Christian faith, no matter how poorly some Christians have practiced their faith over two millennia.
And honestly, I don’t know that I know anyone who disagrees with any of this.
The disagreement comes on one issue only — should a Christian provide goods and services to a gay wedding. That’s it. We’re not talking about serving a meal at a restaurant. We’re not talking about baking a cake for a birthday party. We’re talking about a wedding, which millions of Christians view as a sacrament of the faith and other, mostly Protestant Christians, view as a relationship ordained by God to reflect a holy relationship.
This slope is only slippery if you grease it with hypotheticals not in play.
And even Andrew Sullivan gets it:
I would never want to coerce any fundamentalist to provide services for my wedding – or anything else for that matter – if it made them in any way uncomfortable. The idea of suing these businesses to force them to provide services they are clearly uncomfortable providing is anathema to me. I think it should be repellent to the gay rights movement as well.
The Anchoress gets it:
Anyone can walk into a kosher or halal butcher’s shop and buy a chicken, but if asked to cater a party with bacon burgers, the butcher will refuse. Should that invite a lawsuit? People understand that you don’t bother religious butchers with requests they cannot honor. Should we be permitted to demand services of a cameraman, or a florist or baker that tread upon their religious sensibilities?
And Ed Morrissey hits it both at HotAir:
I’m going to avoid getting into a theological debate over the issue of participating in same-sex weddings, because it’s an unresolvable topic. Some Christians might see it as Christian love, while others who read Corinthians might see a parallel to Paul’s ruling on eating meat sacrificed to idols, or even Jesus’ forgiveness of the adulterer with the proviso to “sin no more.” The point is that Christians and those of other religions on that spectrum of belief hold those beliefs sincerely, and that should be enough to allow them to choose when and whether to participate in such events. The right of religious expression takes precedence over the state interest in forcing bakers to produce cakes for same-sex weddings, or photographers to attend them.
And this week:
Left unspoken is why anyone would want a baker for their wedding who didn’t want to participate — or a florist for that matter, or a photographer. Weddings are traumatic enough for all concerned without deliberately boosting the tension levels to a Spinal Tap-esque 11. Leaving the issue of religious belief aside for a moment, Phillips cannot possibly be the only baker in Denver capable of producing a wedding cake. Why not take Phillips at his word, tolerate his religious beliefs, and find a baker with more enthusiasm for the event?
I’ll speak it, the purpose is to generate fear to speak and live one’s Christian belief to make Christianity & Christian belief beyond the pale of acceptable behavior.
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