SB1062 aka Right to Deny Service Bill: The Pagan Perspective
Since first hearing about this Bill, I’ve teetering back and forth on whether or not I support such an idea. On the issue I have two hands on the issue that differ vastly. On the Left hand I am pro-gay marriage for the reason that I look beyond the whole sexual aspect that many on the Right focus too much on, but rather I see the emotional aspect of why gays should be allowed to marry. Why should two consenting adults who love each other be denied the right? However, on the Right hand, I am pro-religious liberties and believe that forcing a business that holds tautly to religious views to serve those they feel are sinful in nature isn’t freedom, but fascism. Does anyone really like to be forced to do something they are against? Would a Liberal serve an obvious neo-Nazi that walked into their store? I highly doubt it and I wouldn’t blame them at all. So, with that in mind why can’t those on the opposing side of this Bill see the moral dilemma inherent?
While I certainly understand the Left and its abhorrence of this Bill, I think if it were implemented we would have seen something unexpected. Aside from how capitalism works and that eventually this Bill would collapse on its own weight due to lack of customers going to these Right to Deny businesses I think something else would have occurred. It would have backlashed on Christians in general entirely. After having a conversation with a fellow pagan they inquired into whether this Bill would also allow pagan businesses to deny Christian customers. I felt that was an interesting question to think about. What if it was implemented? What if pagans who owned businesses decided to Deny Service to Christians? Would then the Christians see the problem with the Bill they supported? With the lack of business from people who feel Right of Denial isn’t what decent businesses coupled with businesses owned by pagans and other religious views denying service to Christians would the Bill collapse faster than expected? This is what made me end up supporting Bill, not because of any supposed opposition to gay marriage, but to witness the collapse of such a Bill and perhaps teach a lesson that only the Gods can teach through some karmic retribution. Gays should have seen the opportunity this represented deny service to gays, gay business owners can deny service to Christians after all, this is any business owners right.
From experience, thinking things through gives an entirely different perspective that isn’t being uttered by the Mainstream Media. If gays and their supporters had done the same they would have seen an invaluable opportunity to encourage gay business owners to take advantage of the Bill and deny service to Christians and apply a lesson that needed to be learned against those they figure are against them. Basically, use the Bill that was supposed be against gays against the Christians. I guess you can call that fighting fire with fire. I certainly don’t believe those that supported this Bill could have seen this angle coming at them due to their pride. However, maybe other states that are considering this Bill need to heed this post and realize you are calling to play a very game that could backfire on you at a moments notice. While I support religious liberties for even Christians I also support those who use the Bill to their advantage as well. Being a so-called fence sitter gives me a nice point of view of the political landscape.