’Christian’ Logic: Anti-Discrimination = Bullying
A sticker campaign launched by LGBT supportive members of the Mississippi business community in response to a recently passed law, which could have potential adverse ramifications against LGBT citizens, has caused one anti-gay activist to equate non-discrimination with bullying.
As reported by the Associated Press, some business owners who are supportive of LGBT right are pushing back against the recently passed "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act," by displaying window stickers that state: "We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling."
Participants in this sticker campaign are among the many critics of the law who fear that it will allow anti-gay discrimination to be veiled as the free practice of religion.
The campaign, however, is not sitting well with many religious conservatives who supported the measure, including Buddy Smith, executive vice president of the Mississippi-based Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, who has labeled the call against discrimination "bullying."
In an article published on Christian news outlet One News Now, which is by no coincidence part of the American Family News Network (a subsidiary of the American Family Association), Smith offered his take on the campaign.
"It’s not really a buying campaign, but it’s a bully campaign," he said, adding, "and it’s being carried out by radical homosexual activists who intend to trample the freedom of Christians to live according to the dictates of scripture.
"They don’t want to hear that homosexuality is sinful behavior - and they wish to silence Christians and the church who dare to believe this truth."
The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by an overwhelming majority in both houses of the state’s legislature. It was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant who won praise by anti-gay conservative activists like SPLC designated hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to witness its signing.
"We have a long and well-documented history of discrimination in this state," Eddie Outlaw, 42, one of the leaders of the "We don’t discriminate" campaign told The Guardian. "To think there won’t be any discrimination is laughable."
A similar piece of legislation in Arizona drew national attention this year when it was vetoed by Republican governor Jan Brewer after protests from big businesses that include blue chip stock companies and the National Football League.