Equal Protection Under the Law – So Long As You’re Not A Christian


Faith Driven Consumer

Month after month, more cases of Christians facing punitive and unjust discrimination in the marketplace of goods, services and ideas roll in. Whether you’re a faith-driven entrepreneur who rents out your private property for events or a photographer, florist, baker or tee shirt maker, your livelihood as a Christian seeking to steward your business in alignment with your faith and values is under threat like never before.

This should not be happening in a nation founded on religious liberty and freedom of speech and expression.

The latest case working its way through the courts involves a Washington state florist who is in the crosshairs of a judge who has determined that laws protecting religious freedom must take a back seat to laws that protect the LGBT community.

In a culture grounded in pluralism and identity group politics, it’s time for America to have a serious discussion about equal application of equal protections.

While the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly establishes religious freedom as a protected class, since the 1960s, local, state and national governments have passed laws establishing an expanded list of enumerated classes that merit protection in one form or another. And Corporate America has responded to the fast-evolving multicultural reality by implementing equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies that cover every imaginable distinction among employees and customers.

Truly, the twin gods of Diversity and Tolerance reign supreme in twenty-first century America.

But what happens when one group in a pluralistic society plays a winner-take-all game that tolerates no dissenting viewpoints and successfully mandates a social, legislative, judicial, and  marketplace agenda that punishes all who disagree—forcing them to violate their consciences or suffer the penalty?

This is the crux of what’s playing out across the nation as the LGBT-rights juggernaut comes head to head with biblically orthodox faith. Today, it’s Christians who face the harsh consequences of an unequal application of equal protection laws. Tomorrow, which “out group” will be next?

Unless each group’s respective values can be accommodated in the rainbow of diversity, somebody’s going to get trampled on.

And based on recent polls, Americans are not in favor of religion being relegated to second-class status. In one poll a slight majority of Americans said they support gay marriage, yet nearly a third were ambivalent.  Perhaps more significant in another poll, a staggering majority—85%— said that Christians who disagree with gay marriage shouldn’t be forced to violate their faith in order to accommodate it.

Here, we see that most Americans are fair-minded and want to make space for each group in our culture to have the freedom to live in accordance with their respective values and worldview. It seems that a clear majority think it’s fundamentally unfair for the government to force Christians to violate their consciences in order to participate in the economic arena—particularly when everybody knows that there are plenty of businesses across the nation ready, willing and able to print tee shirts for gay pride parades or offer the space, flowers, cakes and photography for gay weddings and commitment ceremonies.

Has the LGBT community overplayed its hand? Time will tell.

However, given that the inherently American principle of equal application of equal protection is alive and well, it’s time for Corporate America to not only give serious consideration, but lead the way, to create a balance in the marketplace where the values and worldview of each respective group in the rainbow of diversity—including faith-driven Christians—is welcomed and respected in ways that demonstrate true tolerance for all. 

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  • I whole heartedly agree with Bonnie. There is a huge amount of money that is generated by our collective patronage to major corporations who not only support the LGBT agenda with their public pronouncements, but also with their tax free contributions to non-profits whose sole purpose is to support this same agenda. Their contributions would not be possible without our patronage. Elsewhere on this site, the most recent Faithonomics Blog states that Faith Driven Consumer represents 41 million faith driven adults who total $2 Trillion in buying power! There is an article in Fortune (http://fortune.com/2015/03/31/corporate-america-religious-freedom/) which details the enormity of the giant we face by such companies as Apple, Marriott International, Eli Lilly, Angie’s List, The Gap, Levi Strauss, Wal-Mart Stores, SalesForce, Target, Starbucks, and Goldman Sachs. The only way these adversaries will take notice is if their part of this $2 Trillion pie is withheld. Not one of their products and/or services is indispensable.

    I am a media professional who has depended on Apple’s pro apps and hardware for my career. After prayer regarding Tim Cook’s (CEO Apple) outburst against Religious Freedom Laws, I was lead to recycle over $10,000 in Apple software and hardware. I was able to change to new software and hardware from companies who are not as belligerent against Religious Freedom. It took the leading of the Lord to show me these alternatives. I have since found that the new platform will enable me to do my job better! I have put my money where my mouth is. Also, my family and I will not be shopping at any of the listed corporations above. Maybe Faith Driven Consumer could also produce petitions to all of the named companies. Frankly, I am surprised that there has not been more reaction to this blog post. As Faith Driven Consumers we have the collective power to make a significant financial and moral stand in this matter. I beseech each one of you to prayerfully consider seeking the Lord for what He would have you do.

    Finally, we must remember that we are to pray for our enemies, and support our brother’s and sister’s who have been persecuted by this ungodly agenda. When one of Body of Christ hurts, we all hurt, and we are commanded to carry each other’s burden’s.
  • Please search the internet and look up the articles on Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon (CNS News dated 2-6-15) and Arlene’s Flowers in Washington (Charisma News dated 11-12-14) to learn about the HORRIFIC SUFFERING of these innocent business owners. In each case they have no problem doing business with homosexuals but graciously and sincerely declined to contribute to an activity that is condemned by our Almighty God, homosexual marriage. Below is what Jesus taught Paul and subsequently, what Paul taught us by means of God’s very own word found at Romans 1:18-32. Here are verses 26 and 27.
    Romans 1:26-27, “That is why God gave them up to disgraceful sexual appetites, for both their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; and likewise even the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full recompense, which was due for their error.” Now, what do you think is God’s personal view of homosexual marriages? What would be His view of his “faithful” contributing to an activity that God hates?
    We need to collectively stop this illegal and unjustified persecution of our sisters and brothers in business. Support the RFRA and boycott any business that attempts to do further harm in this arena by their boycotting of the State of Indiana.