In this article, the author James Esseks argues for the fact that basic laws state that businesses should not be allowed to deny same-sex couples. Esseks says "When businesses open their doors to the public, they must open them to everyone on the same terms, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, or – under many state laws – sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Even when a business owner’s religious beliefs may motivate her to discriminate, that doesn’t justify an exemption from our civil rights laws." This is a very true fact because we are all entitled to our own religion, but as a country, we have faced discrimination issues in the past and they have all been deemed unfair and unjust. When a business tries to justify their discrimination they are basically saying that they are above the law. In this article, Esseks brings up other situations people have tried to justify religious exemption such as refusing those with HIV and not serving those who are outside of your race. These views, as well as those held on same-sex couples, come from deeply rooted beliefs that have long been instilled in people's minds. Though these things can be hard to overcome because of how long they have been taught to us it does not justify discrimination. Discrimination violates our civil rights meaning no matter is above the law and can fairly discriminate against those who have the same rights as everyone else.*** Esseks, James. “Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That's Up to the Supreme Court Now.” American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union, 27 June 2017, www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-nondiscrimination-protections/can-businesses-turn-lgbt-people-away-because-who.
In this video, Jimmy Kimmel puts on a skit in a restaurant scenario where a group is denied the foods they want simply because of the fact that their religions and personality traits went against what the chef's beliefs were. The overall message of this video supports my belief that people should not be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. This fact is legitimate because if we could deny service to those who were different from us no one would ever be able to buy from anyone. Kimmel dramatizes the situation and states to a lesbian woman, "Tony won't make a salad for you because it violates his religious beliefs. However, I could bring you a salad he made yesterday before he knew you were gay." This part of the video perfectly summarizes the debate because when you take to become something like a chef it is what you must do for everyone. It's very unfair to take a job and only cater to those who you believe are morally correct. Serving to everyone is what your job is and you should give everyone the same treatment. In the video, Kimmel quotes a judges view on a real-life event and says "The bakery would've violated the law if they refused to sell the couple a cake that was already baked, but the baker can't be forced to bake a cake specifically for a same-sex wedding" This ruling can go in favor of denying same-sex couples service because forcing someone to cater specifically to your wants in their own establishment is not moral.*** Jimmy Kimmel Demonstrates Why Denying Gay Couples Wedding Cakes Is Wrong. YouTube, uploaded by Jimmy Kimmel, 9 Feb. 2018, m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL7mXmxkQyQW-tAS4ZNm2E6T6Hzkakc1DU.
As we near the 6-month point of Donald Trump's presidency the more and more things he seems to screw up. Donald Trump wants the education system to focus a lot more on religious teachings as well as limit the government's power to punish those who discriminate against same-sex couples (2018) Trump and the Republicans Are Redefining “Religious Freedom” to Favor Christians. Because our president has these views it gives those who support him a license to discriminate. Although he is our president he has no right to take away people's common rights. Donald Trump is putting himself and other above the law and harming many others in the process. Basing education more on religion may seem like a good idea, but bringing kids up with the same views as their parents causes the discrimination issue to continue. No one should willingly teach their children that they are superior and above the law so they can discriminate as much as they would like just because of their religion. Donald Trump would like to give Christians special privileges which would be allowed because of the first amendment (2018)Trump and the Republicans Are Redefining “Religious Freedom” to Favor Christians. Those who are in favor of Donald Trump's wants can take this and run with the fact that they are allowed to express their religious beliefs no matter what they are doing because of the first amendment. The first amendment states that everyone has the right to adhere to their own religion without government interference. Although this protects Christians The Matthew Shepard acts protects homosexuals and grants them protection against hate crimes like discrimination.*** Vyse, Graham. “Trump and the Republicans Are Redefining ‘Religious Freedom’ to Favor Christians.” New Republic, 16 Feb. 2017. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/SGMXAA864334227/GIC?u=j084910011&sid=GIC&xid=7c73d311. Accessed 2 May 2018.
In this article actor and singer, Olly Alexander describes the negative impact homophobia and discrimination had on him as a child. Alexander describes his experiences and states, "School wasn't a pleasant environment. When I was bullied it was two things. It's the language -- being called a 'fag' or 'poof'. Being picked on. Being called 'gay' as a negative word -- it still is, really. Then there was the physical side -- I got into a few fights." Though this is speaking of childhood and the treatment he got from fellow children, this type of behavior stays with people throughout their lives. As that child grows into adulthood they will keep their homophobic behavior and it will greatly escalate into many issues like ones we've seen these days. This mindset can cause those who feel it's okay to discriminate to deem their behavior as an okay thing although discriminating and harming others violates rights granted to every human being. Alexander then goes on to talk about how the bullying he experienced drove him to self-harm. Though this may seem extreme, it stays a very real issue even throughout adulthood. Any type of bullying can lead to self-harm and even suicide. Discrimination may seem reasonable to those who believe they are doing their religion justice, but it is actually bullying that can lead to unfortunate things. In the interview conducted Alexander says in reference to the lack of homosexual sexual education, "There was no inclusive sex or relationship education -- I feel like that really would have helped me." This can defend the opposing side because many people can argue that the lack of education on homosexuals can lead to the bullying and form an excuse for discrimination.*** "Homophobic bullying at school drove me to self-harm, says Years & Years star Olly." London Evening Standard [London, England], 14 July 2017, p. 24. Global Issues In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A498511162/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=c82986f8. Accessed 2 May 2018.
Throughout the history of the Catholic church, they have been notorious for being very opposed to same-sex marriage. This article touches on that and reveals a controversial issue on Pope Francis' views. In 2013 when Pope Francis was inaugurated he shocked the church by saying that he had no place to judge homosexuals (2016) Preface to "What Is the Catholic Church's Stance on Homosexuality?" Because of the fact that Pope has no place to judge homosexuals the followers of the Catholic Church don't either. People of strong religious faith claim they are very committed to the Bible and the views of their leaders, so why do they still feel the need to discriminate? Religion is supposed to be about acceptance, not discrimination. People should have to follow the views of the Pope they are supposedly so committed to. Although Pope Francis said he had no right to judge homosexuals, he still believes that homosexuality is immoral (2016) Preface to "What Is the Catholic Church's Stance on Homosexuality?" This might strike something in people and make them bring up the fact that he is still against it, but it was clearly proven that he believes he has no right to discriminate. Those who also believe that homosexuality is a sin should adhere to the Pope's non-judgmental ways and keep their want to discriminate to themselves. To summarize this article proves that people should not be allowed to discriminate no matter what their religion says. Discrimination is rejected by major leaders and has no place in religion.*** "Preface to 'What Is the Catholic Church's Stance on Homosexuality?'." The Catholic Church, edited by Michael Ruth, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010384163/OVIC?u=j084910011&sid=OVIC&xid=95b3b6cd. Accessed 2 May 2018.
This is podcast told by Pete Enns and author, Matthew Vines where Vines explains his relationship with homosexuality and religion. In this podcast Vines explains that he always knew that he was gay and throughout his very religious childhood he was well aware of his displeasure with the way his church viewed homosexuality. In a later part of the podcast Vines says that when he told his father, his father had to take some time to absorb it because it went against everything he thought the Bible said. Although Vines' father felt that way he ended up coming to terms with the fact that his son was gay and he found new ways to interpret the Bible verses which supposedly stand against homosexuality. This means that in Genesis 19 when the angels come down to Sodom and the men want to have sexual relations with them, the reaction people had could have been to the other actions surrounding the situation (Vines 2018).This can really push towards the fact that religion and homosexuality can coexist. This is a very reasonable fact because in the podcast it states that the view of homosexuality with religion all boils down to interpretation of what the Bible says. Though we all believe and view things differently changing our standpoint from what we have always been taught can allow homosexuality and religion to mesh together peacefully. With this mindset, we wouldn't have to worry about the rights or wrongs of religion influencing our whole lives. In the podcast Vines states that many people view homosexuality as mess making of the patriarchal society all of our origins were built on. This fact is true and can disturb the argument of homosexuality and religion coexisting, in turn, causing the argument of religion staying out of professions and fairness to be wrong. The fact may give people warrant to keep their homosexual views to keep our origins.*** "The Bible and the Gay Christian" B4NP from the Bible for Normal People, 3 July 2017,https://thebiblefornormalpeople.podbean.com/