Letter to the editor: It’s not bigotry, it’s equality

Posted 9/19/18

It’s not bigotry, it’s equality I was disappointed to see you publish a letter that falsely claims that enforcing Colorado’s public accommodation laws is anti-Christian bigotry. Christian …

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Letter to the editor: It’s not bigotry, it’s equality

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It’s not bigotry, it’s equality

I was disappointed to see you publish a letter that falsely claims that enforcing Colorado’s public accommodation laws is anti-Christian bigotry. Christian leaders, probably because it helps fundraising, have been claiming that Christians in the United States are subject to bigotry and persecution. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Christians can attend any church they want whenever they want, read any version of the Bible they choose, use any hymnal they want, and as individuals pray when and how they want. Christians are free to preach and teach their beliefs even to the point of knocking on people’s door to try make converts. That is true freedom of religion.

However, while one is free to believe as they wish they do not get to use freedom of religion as a weapon to discriminate against others. If you run a business and offer goods and/or services to the public then you must serve all members of the public equally. One’s religious beliefs are irrelevant if you choose to serve the public. The Supreme Court clearly and unambiguously affirmed this in their first Masterpiece Cake Shop decision. While in this case only a cake is at issue, this becomes dangerous when health care providers refuse to provide treatment or medicine claiming that to do so would violate their religious beliefs.

Jack Philips was told by the Supreme Court, in no uncertain terms, that he cannot discriminate based on his religious beliefs. That he is now being sanctioned for again violating Colorado law is not anti-Christian bigotry or persecution — it is preserving our fundamental American value that everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, national origin, creed or sexual orientation.

Robert White

Highlands Ranch

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