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05/15/2014

But at least Houston's LGBT rights opponents don't want businesses denying Jewish customers—right?

by Jeremy Hooper

Pastors Steve and Becky Riggle have been at the forefront at the effort to stop a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston, TX, arguing that business owners should have a right to deny service to LGBT customers, so long as they cite their faith in doing so. But as you will hear in the following exchange with Houston council member Ellen Cohen, Becky Riggle doesn't limit her refusal "right" to just us. According to Riggle, business owners should be free to deny Jewish customers as well:

COHEN: "So you're saying yes, they do have a right to refuse me service as someone of the Jewish faith?"

RIGGLE: "No. No, I'm not saying...[laughs]...Yes, I am saying that, but that's not the issue we're discussing today."

Despite her dancing and dodging, we got their eventually. Because of course we did. If you think that religious people have a "right" to deny customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity, it forces reconsideration of every other nondiscrimination protection.

For a movement that loves to talk about "slippery slopes," they sure are turning the fire hose up to full blast.

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