It seems that some (“The ‘Religious Freedom’ Crusade Is Bigotry Against Same-Sex Couples,” Jan. 17 letters) want Christian business owners to be forced to provide for ceremonies, rituals and events that violate their conscience and their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. I simply don’t understand this kind of reasoning.
Generally, in providing or receiving business services, why would one’s morals and/or sexual behavior even be discussed anyway?
But, in those rare cases where this occurs, then certainly another florist, baker or photographer can be found. Or should an African-American chef be under legal threat and compulsion to provide catering for the Ku Klux Klan’s post-rally refreshments, too? And should a kosher or halal grocer be forced to slaughter a pig and provide pork for my wedding reception, also? Of course not. Let’s be fair, respectful and truly tolerant.
How quickly some — once their views have gained majority status — forget their own previous plight and dismiss the voice and trample on the rights of the current cultural minority position.
REV. ERIC R. ANDRAE
The writer is campus pastor at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.