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This State’s Chamber of Commerce Just Took a Shocking Stand Against Religious Liberty

Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce wants to deny the religious liberty rights of business owners by opposing the states Religious Freedom Restoration Act so it can protect what kind of sex people have.

The Georgia Chamber maintains that it’s OK to discriminate against a person’s religious beliefs, but it’t not OK for a person to reject the promotion of a particular sex act or the bizarre claim that transgenders are a new sexual identity.

Many Georgia businesses have lined up against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because they are more interested in protecting people who engage in a particular form of sexual activity than the freedom of people who own a business to operate that business in the way see fit.

Sad to say, Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce is more interested in protecting what people do in bed than people’s freedom to run their businesses as they see fit.

SB 129, introduced by Sen. Josh McKoon (R), would prohibit the government from burdening an individual’s religious beliefs similar to the federal RFRA that was expanded by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. This protection would be used to circumvent local laws across the state that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; for example, a wedding vendor who refuses to serve a same-sex couple could claim that doing so burdens her religious liberty.”

Of course a vendor should be permitted not to service a same-sex wedding, or a polygamous wedding, or a KKK-themed wedding, or a Nazi-inspired wedding, or any type of wedding.

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Such freedom is not the exclusive right of religious people. Every business should have the right to refuse service for any reason.

We’ve seen how some states have attacked businesses because they would not service same-sex weddings. One business owner has been fined $135,000 for not baking a cake for a same-sex wedding.

There are many other examples. Here’s a short list from The New American):

• ‘The Christian owners of a flower shop, restaurant and wedding venue in Grimes, Iowa, who faced a contentious legal battle following their refusal to host a gay couples’ ceremony, are closing up shop, and issuing a warning to wedding-related business owners: that they, too, could soon face the same challenges.” (H/T: The Blaze)

• In March 2012 a Kentucky homosexual group filed a discrimination complaint against Hands on Originals, a custom apparel company in Lexington, after the business declined to print gay-themed t-shirts for the group.

• Five months later Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado, was boycotted by the area’s homosexual contingent after the owner refused to bake a wedding cake for two homosexual men. The boycott appeared to have backfired, however, as the shop’s business doubled as fair-minded Denver residents heard about the attack against it.

• In April of [2013] Washington State’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, filed a discrimination lawsuit against elderly florist Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, after Stutzman graciously declined the business of a homosexual man who wanted her to provide the floral arrangements for his same-sex marriage.

• New Mexico’s Supreme Court’s August 22 ruled “that Christian photographers Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, owners of Elane Photography, had discriminated against two lesbians when they declined to provide the photography for their same-sex ritual.”

Here’s a much larger list published by WND.

Where was the Chamber of Commerce when these businesses of commerce were sued and made to pay fines? Some people lost their jobs or businesses just because of what they believed.

The once-conservative Chamber is now catering to what type of sex people engage in and attacked any right-minded business owner who disagreed with the pro-same-sex-act agenda.

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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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