Christopher Plantehas joined the Victims’ Chorus this afternoon. Exactly why the head of National Organization for Marriage’s Rhode Island branch is now commenting on matters in Washington State remains as elusive as what he actually does for NOM. After all, he failed to maintain marriage discrimination in his state.
In a post titled “Thou Shall Compromise Thy Faith,” Plante quotes the Washington constitution:
SECTION 11 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion;
Since Mr. Plante is easily confused, let’s understand what that means.
- Sentiment: Point of view or opinion.
- Belief: In this context, a faith-based trust that something is true.
- Worship: An expression or act of reverence for a deity.
Freedom from molestation and disturbance on account of religion means that one will not be targeted from discrimination due to their religion.
“We don’t serve your kind here.”
In no way, whatsoever, does the Washington constitution license freedom of discrimination in the operation of a public accommodation. The freedom to believe what you want and worship as you please does not compete with Washington’s anti-discrimination ordinance which includes sexual orientation as a protected class. As Scalia noted in Employment Division v Smith, religious exemptions to valid laws would render virtually all laws unenforceable. All of that seems lost on Mr. Plante.
That state continues to be at the forefront of sanctioning people of faith when it comes to same-sex marriage. First the State sued a Christian florist, and now it has admonished a judge for simply saying he would not perform same-sex weddings due to his religious beliefs.
That idiotic florist will forever be known as a “Christian” florist. Since when is arranging peonies a holy sacrament? As for the judge, suppose he applied the same “logic” to mixed-race couples or Jews, both of whom contribute to his salary? Mr. Plante continues:
So we ask, “What does ‘Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment…’actually mean in Washington State?”
It’s not terribly complicated. One has the right to hold any point of view, opinion or belief. They may think that I am going to Hell for being Jewish but that doesn’t translate into a right to deny me service. They might believe that God intended for the races to be separate. That does not sanction racism in the operation of a public accommodation. They might think that same-sex marriage is a sin. That does not provide a right to discriminate against gay people.