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01/29/2014

Tony Perkins translation: 'I don't like nondiscrimination laws that apply to LGBT customers'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-01-29 At 7.56.49 AmThe Family Research Council president responds to last night's State of the Union speech:

Employers should not have to choose between violating their consciences or paying severe fines that threaten jobs and could even force them to drop health coverage for their employees. This rule, or mandate, hurts families and women. Its unfair and, thankfully, most Americans oppose it. I hope the President will listen to them. From bakers in Oregon to photographers in New Mexico and court clerks in New York, people whose convictions are grounded in historic Christian teaching are being told there is no room for them in public life. Mr. President, its not an American value to trample someone elses conscience. Its not an American value to repress someones practice of his or her religion. Its not an American value to use the federal government to undermine the will of the people in the states that believe marriage is between a man and woman and that children do best with a mom and dad. [FRC]

Of course the referenced business owners are not just going about public life or practicing religion. These business owners want a special carve out that allows them to flout fairly enacted nondiscrimination laws, as they apply to LGBT people. They want special rights—truly.

The state of our union is divided. Activists like Tony Perkins, proud pushers of fallacy to the detriment of understanding, are a big reason why.

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