Facebook Posts and What Happens Next

But before I get to that rant, I’m wondering what WordPress has done to my dashboard. I’m not happy with the change, which might be because it’s different. Changes sometimes make me sigh.

Now to the topic at hand – I often wonder about my wisdom when I post comments on Facebook – but always after I’ve posted the comment – that reflect on beliefs. This morning I read about the Supreme Court decision regarding the baker vs LGBT couple, and made a comment about my concept of Christianity. Directed at the baker, not the ruling. My bad – I didn’t make that clear. In any case, it turns out I am so very very wrong – that happens a lot – in the opinion of others on Facebook. And that’s okay, as long as the conversation is kept civil and name-calling does not jump in.

In any case, my comment led me on to wonder what the difference is in various situations of refusing service. What makes it wrong to refuse service because of color (don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that) but okay to refuse service because of sexual bent, political beliefs, and so on? Perhaps I’m dense, but I don’t really see the difference. Yes, I believe business owners should have rights – certainly if someone goes into a business and is hostile or disruptive, the business should have the right to demand that they leave. No one should have to put up with the bad behavior of others. But based on individual beliefs or preferences?

Perhaps it’s my concept of what Christianity is. My God is kind, my God is tolerant, my God is loving. My God does not condemn based on personal beliefs. My son has told me that the Bible forbids homosexuality, but I wonder if that phrase in the Bible relates more to something that was going on at that time in history and I wonder how much of what we see of the words of Jesus varies with interpretations.  I question only because all of those words were verbal, were not recorded, were dependent upon later being written down. So how much is lost in translation and passage of time? I’m not meaning to be a heretic or anything here, but I am genuinely curious.

I was told that if I could not see that the LGBT/baker thing was a deliberate thing, designed to put the baker out of business, I was willfully blind. Perhaps I am. Just as I believe those who think Trump is the answer and is accomplishing great things are. Perhaps we are all willfully blind, in different ways. But I will never, ever, believe that any God would want his people to discriminate against others because of sexual bent, color, ethnicity, even religious belief. I believe that He truly wants is for us to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.

I have concluded that I prefer to be willfully blind.

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9 Responses to Facebook Posts and What Happens Next

  1. lakeafton says:

    I’m with you.

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  2. Carol — “I will never, ever, believe that any God would want his people to discriminate against others because of sexual bent, color, ethnicity, even religious belief. I believe that He truly wants is for us to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.”

    Amen siSTAR!

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  3. dawnkinster says:

    I believe if the baker doesn’t want to bake for a gay couple he/she should be in a different business. Because I too believe it’s no different than not baking for someone of a different race, or a different religion. No different than refusing to lease housing to someone based on color. No different than making certain people use the back door. I haven’t read the Supreme Court ruling yet though…so I reserve judgement.

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    • Carol says:

      The way I read it, the ruling seems to be more on the way the Colorado Civil Rights organization ruled when it ruled against the baker. To me,it appears the court felt the Civil Rights Organization was prejudiced against the baker’s religious beliefs.

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  4. loisajay says:

    Amen to everything you say, Carol. I realize there is just so much I don’t understand. Or maybe I understand it, but I just don’t get it. That Supreme Court ruling shocked me. Truly shocked me. Never saw that coming.

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    • Carol says:

      To me the ruling appeared to apply more to the treatment of the case by the Civil Rights Organization in Colorado that ruled against the baker, rather than the rights of the baker to refuse service.

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  5. Robin says:

    I’m with you, too. Heretic that I am, I refuse to believe in a god or God of hate.
    M and I were discussing the ruling and the baker last night. As you mention in a reply to a comment, it appears to be more a ruling against Colorado’s Civil Rights commission that against the baker himself. I wonder, though, about the cost of taking a case like this all the way through the courts. The court of public opinion might have taken care of this more quickly. Money, it seems, is the all-powerful god in this country lately. Boycotts (or even the threat of them) appear to sway businesses. Look at Dick’s Sporting Goods and their decision to stop selling guns. I wonder how much of that decision is altruistic and how much of it is the bottom line. Most of the times I’ve been in a Dick’s, it was nearly empty. Now the folks on the left are asking people to shop there to reward them for their decision. Or look at Penzeys Spices. Bill Penzey has been writing long Facebook posts about the issues and gave out Kind pins for the Women’s March, garnering all kinds of attention and business.
    I agree with you that no one should be discriminated against and I understand why this was taken to court. I’m not saying that was the wrong thing to do. I just wonder how much the baker would have stuck to his bigoted guns if his business had been hurt by his decision not to bake the cake. (On a side note: The show Will & Grace had an episode in which the baker didn’t want to make a cake for a gay couple and it was an interesting look at how this issue works in reverse.)

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  6. leendadll says:

    aaannnddd….that’s exactly why I no longer post opinions on fb and rarely use it as anything more than a tool to find out about concerts and shows.

    I was annoyed that the baker stated that he wasn’t a bigot, he just has a religious belief. I believe the same statements were made, by white, about blacks and interracial relationships.

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