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04/28/2014

AFA's new definition of bullying: Businesses that say they don't discriminate

by Jeremy Hooper

The sticker is simple. It just tells LGBT people that their money and business are welcome at a particular establishment:

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[If You're Buying, We're Selling]

The pro-business, pro-economy campaign comes in response to Mississippi's governor signing his state's version of the "license to discriminate bills" that anti-LGBT social conservatives are trying to enact across the country. When Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed that bill in front of gay-hostile invited guests like Tony Perkins—TONY PERKINS!—we all knew exactly what the bill was all about. Thus this new sticker campaign, which simply allows local businesses can make their support for LGBT customers known in the face of this legislative pockmark.

But of course the American Family Association, the Mississippi based anti-LGBT organization that Gov. Bryant courted in order to build support for this bill and related measures, is outraged over the effort. Spokesman Buddy Smith says it's "bullying"—right before he condemns homosexuality and tells people to stay away from these businesses. See the "logic" at work:

Buddy Smith, executive vice president of Tupelo-based American Family Association, offers his take on the sticker campaign.

"It's not really a buying campaign, but it's a bully campaign," he says, "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."

Smith offers a word of caution for those who do business with facilities posting the decal supporting homosexual activism. "If you do that, you are agreeing with these businesses that Christians no longer have the freedom to live out the dictates of their Christian faith and conscience," he tells OneNewsNow.
FULL: One News Now

If you shop at these stores "you are agreeing with these businesses that Christians no longer have the freedom to live out the dictates of their Christian faith and conscience"? What, did I miss the asterisk that leads folks to another hidden sticker that stipulates some covert form of discrimination that the shop does, in fact, support? Or maybe the sticker is scratch-and-sniff and emits some sort of evangelical repellant whenever a devout Christian gives it a scrape? Because as it reads, in what seems to be pretty direct language, the sticker indicates nothing more than that every customer's cash holds the same weight within this particular business.

Which is of course what the pro-discrimination AFA doesn't like.

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**RELATED: I wonder what AFA would say about this sticker: Kentucky Print Shop: No Gays Wanted [JMG]

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