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GOP Lawmaker: Gays ‘Don’t Have A Right To Be Served In Every Single Store’

 

Republican State Senator Joseph Silk of Oklahoma certainly has some interesting ideas when it comes to equality. And he’s even willing to impose his personal bias on an entire state.

Senator Silk is sponsoring the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015, which would allow businesses to refuse service to anyone they choose and yet remain immune from lawsuits as a result of their discrimination. Silk said he thinks the legislation is necessary because the LGBT community has been infringing on the religious beliefs of Americans. He added:

” The L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions. And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.”

No doubt if asked, Silk would also say some of his best friends are black. How many times have we heard intolerant jerks like him attempt to defend their hateful actions on the one hand by claiming they have lots of friends in the group they want to oppress on the other?

But Silk wasn’t quite finished making a complete and utter fool of himself. He came right out and declared:

“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store. People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”

Call me naive, but I thought we were beyond this kind of in your face, overt discrimination in America. This weekend we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma, a day when the curtain was pulled back and the American people got to see the ugly truth about racial animus. Yet here we are a half century later having to listen to the rationalizations of someone as woefully ignorant as Senator Joseph Silk.

I just hope and pray it doesn’t take another 50 years for our country to realize that equality for all people means exactly that: all people.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

3 replies on “GOP Lawmaker: Gays ‘Don’t Have A Right To Be Served In Every Single Store’”

I don’t get it. Why would serving a sandwich or selling a product to a gay person conflict with a person’s religious beliefs? Is their money a different color than ours? How does their love and attraction for a person of the same sex interfere with anyone else’s belief system? Someone please explain this to me.

Taxpayers happen to be black, white, brown, Christian, non-Christian, atheists, homosexual, heterosexual, transgender. Taxpayers pay for the roads, the police and fire protection, the education of the employees, the clerk who issues the business license. And yes, Senator Silk, it’s entirely possible that a black Muslim transgender woman pays part of your salary and therefore should be considered your boss!

If the States Rights argument is allowed to prevail, allowing discrimination against homosexuals as a protected religious liberty, who’s next? Niemoller lamented, in his famous poem “and then they came for me”, and clearly made the point that rights not granted equally for all are secure for none.

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