Recently, we’ve all seen conservative Christians lose their minds over so-called “religious freedom.” In their minds, they should be able to discriminate against anyone they want to- namely LGBT people- without consequence while wrapping their bigotry in religion. Well, when it comes to running a public business in areas where LGBT people are protected against discrimination, this isn’t so. Further, they will be tried and found guilty in the court of public opinion, and run out of town on a rail if they openly say that they would refuse goods and services to LGBT people.
Well, one bigoted priest has a solution to all of that. Meet Father John Zuhlsdorf, known affectionately to his friends and parishioners as “Fr. Z.” He has found a way to obey the law and still be an open bigot without being crucified by the ever-increasingly progressive public. Don’t like his bigotry, or the bigotry expressed by devoutly Christian businesses? Fine. He’ll serve you. The business will serve you. But they’ll make sure that you understand that your business is not wanted and that your kind is not welcome there.
According to the extremist Christian website Mad World News, who describes Father Zohlsdorf’s idea as “clever,” the priest posted up a blog giving details to bigoted Christian business owners about how to discriminate within the bounds of the law. The instructions read as follows:
I’ve been thinking about how homosexualists target Christian businesses for destruction. Approach a florist or a bakery or, now, a pizzeria and tell the owner that this is for a homosexual “wedding” and then hammer them with law suits.
Enough already. It’s time for everyone to calm down.
We need a new approach.
Think about this.
When some homosexual couple comes to your Christian business for services at their immoral event, don’t panic. Go ahead and take their business!
Then explain what is going to happen next.
Tell them that the food and services will be just fine. And then inform them that all of the money that they pay for the services will be donated to a traditional pro-family lobby. If it is something like catering, where your employees have to be there to provide services, tell them that all your people will smile, be professional, and every one of them will be wearing crucifixes and have the Holy Family embroidered on their uniforms. Then show them pictures of your uniforms. When the truck pulls up, speakers will be playing Immaculate Mary. Show them the truck and play the music.
“Oh, you would be offended by that? I’m so sorry. You approached us because we are Christians. Right? We are happy to provide services for you and we are grateful that you chose to come to our Christian catering business. We just want to be of help.”
Then tell them that you will take out an ad in the paper to let everyone know what you did with their money, thanking them by name for their business so that you could make the contribution.
I suspect this approach, if adopted far and wide, would put an end to attacks on Christian businesses.
Well, now that you have publicized it, sir, no, it won’t work at all. Should we ever encounter someone using this method of discrimination, we’ll spread, far and wide, the identity of the business owners, and you, and you’ll all get the same public shaming that Indiana’s Memories Pizza did. You think you can outsmart the law and the progressive public? Think again. You might want to be bigots, but you’ll pay for it, as you should.
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