The freedom to violate another person’s conscience

There’s a pattern here, I’m afraid. You had to see this coming in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across our great land. It’s not enough that same-sex couples now have the right to marry. With leftists and statists, it’s never enough. Even when they get their way, it’s never enough.

If same-sex couples want to regard themselves as being “married,” fine. Go ahead and call yourselves “married.” I don’t really care what you do in your personal life. I am willing to coexist peacefully. You can even call it equality, if you like. Unfortunately, equality isn’t enough for same-sex marriage advocates. They want even more. They want everyone to agree with them. They demand it. If I don’t agree with them, it’s called “discrimination.”

For example, last week, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that owners of a Portland-area bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple two years ago must pay $135,000 in damages for the emotional suffering caused the couple. This is just one example. There are many more.

Emotional suffering? Over a wedding cake? Seriously, it’s the Left Coast. I’m sure there are a number of bakeries who gladly cater to same-sex couple. How hard could it be to find one? But it’s not enough to go to a bakery that willingly serves same-sex couples. They had to go to a baker whose religious convictions were contrary to try and force that baker to serve them.

This is where we’re headed. You might have religious convictions, but the convictions of same-sex marriage advocates somehow trump your convictions if you don’t agree with them. To disagree with a leftist is to discriminate, and it doesn’t matter whether you are offended or not.

It’s ironic, is it not, that they very ones who demand tolerance from others are so unwilling to show tolerance themselves? Isn’t it ironic that the very ones who proclaim “Love won!” following the ominous SCOTUS ruling react so angrily to anyone who disagrees? Isn’t it ironic that the very ones who are hypersensitive over any hint of discrimination steamroll those with religious objections?

Indeed, same-sex marriage advocates have won their victory. It’s over. Same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.” Man can marry man and woman can marry woman. No one is stopping you. No one can stop you. Isn’t that enough? No, it isn’t, I’m afraid. You see, tolerance and freedom of speech and religion are no longer two-way streets. They are one-way streets now, and they all lead leftward.

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