There is currently a bill up in Kansas that echoes the cry from small pockets of insanity across the nation. Certain right-wing nut jobs want legislation passed that would allow businesses to actively discriminate against LGBT customers/clients, on the grounds of religious objection.
Unfortunately, it is clear they don’t actually read their own Bibles:
I Cor 5:9-13 makes it plain that they are misinterpreting their own Bible:
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[c] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Basically what it is saying is that you can judge and shun those IN YOUR OWN CHURCHES, those people who come in and call themselves brother or sister yet persist in those behaviors we consider to be “sin”, but you cannot avoid dealing with people outside the church, and you have no business judging those people.
The law already allows churches to refuse membership to any who don’t abide by their doctrines. No church or clergy of any faith is forced to perform a sacrament for those it deems unfit for that religious service. But out in the public square, providing services to the public as a secular business, you cannot discriminate against people just for being gay. Why not refuse service to people who are divorced, or to prostitutes, or those pregnant out of wedlock?
It is clear these people are hung up on JUST the gay thing and wish to discriminate against a single group of people. And their claim to “religious objections” is proven false in the passage above. There is no religious objection to what people outside the faith do. Their Bible tells them the only way to get away from “sexual sinners” out in the world is to leave this world completely. And you notice it doesn’t say to send those sexual sinners out of the world. It says YOU get out of this world.
Notice it also includes idolators and drunkards! How many alcoholics have you heard about being thrown out of churches? How many insane football fans?