Skip to comments.Group wants religious groups exempt from anti-discrimination ordinances
Posted on 12/15/2009 6:46:22 AM PST by Colofornian
SALT LAKE CITY -- A conservative think tank is hoping the Legislature can help protect people of faith living in Salt Lake City after two discrimination ordinances were passed.
The ordinances protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment. Sutherland Institute president Paul Mero says churches and some organizations have exemptions.
The exemptions are for religious freedom and expressive association. That means a church corporation doesn't have to hire someone who is gay if they don't want to. Expressive association means the company doesn't have to hire someone who does not fit into their culture - for example, Mero says Equality Utah doesn't have to hire him.
Mero wants the Legislature to extend or expand those exemptions to adherents of a church or a religion.
"Frankly, there are just people of faith out there, doesn't matter what religion you belong to, that own private property or own their own businesses, who want a certain culture in their apartment complex or in their employment, who aren't protected by the exemptions in the ordinances," he says.
He says expanding the exemptions would protect people from being fined if someone they didn't hire or didn't rent to claimed it was because they are gay.
This Salt Lake City think tank is essentially saying that the Salt Lake City legislators & Lds Church who supported them threw people of faith under the bus in forcing them to sanction all manners of "sexual orientation" as renters & employees.
Oh, sure, exemptions exist. But the problem is that while the Christian understanding of the church is primarily about people -- the church as an organism -- the Lds leaders have chosen to define the church as an institution -- the church as an organization. Why does that matter here? Because the Lds church saw fit only the need to protect the "institution" in giving it exemptions; but neglected protecting people of faith.
So, what exemptions were given?
From the article: The exemptions are for religious freedom and expressive association. That means a church corporation doesn't have to hire someone who is gay if they don't want to. Expressive association means the company doesn't have to hire someone who does not fit into their culture - for example, Mero says Equality Utah doesn't have to hire him.
So, the homosexual organizations don't have to hire people of faith -- they can "discriminate" vs. us.
Its obvious that the writer of this article is against G-d and the Bible, just by reading the title. These are special rights for perverts. These people are not on the same level as races or religions.
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