metta8 saidHobby Lobby case fuels bigotry
From this link, quoted from an Episcopal Bishop:"A decade later, I am watching a remarkable phenomenon: Followers of Jesus pleading with the government to allow them to shun those they regard as "sinners." Arizona's recent attempt to make it a religious right to discriminate, and similar efforts in other states, would give businesses the right not to serve almost anyone, for almost any reason, as long as it involved a seriously held religious belief. Services of all kinds could be denied to anyone whom the provider judged to be living an immoral life, according to their brand of religion."
The key phrase here is: "According to their brand of religion." WHOSE religion? Mine? Yours?
Some Christian religions accept gays, some do not. Some Jewish sects accept gays, some do not. And so it goes. Even if the US government chooses to follow religious tenets, WHOSE religion? There's more than one.
Why should YOUR anti-gay religion trump MY pro-gay religion? Is it the function of secular government to make that call?
This is precisely why the Founders wanted separation of Church and State. Over 200 years ago they were a lot closer historically to the devastating European religious wars. Catholics against Protestants, Protestants against Catholics, and everyone against the Jews. The torture, burning and expulsion of religious heretics from the political body. They knew their history, and didn't want those horrors to happen in the new nation they were creating.
A new nation based on self-evident universal human rights. The very thing Christian fundamentalists reject.
But that religious supremacy is trying to creep back in. The Christian fundamentalists want to turn the US into a theocracy according to their exclusive doctrine. The Bible trumps the US Constitution, and the Bible says... well, whatever it's interpreted to say, by whomever is doing the interpreting at the moment.