Excuse us, but your hypocrisy is showing.
Everyone agreed that a creative professional should have the foundational freedom to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or beliefs. But, when faced with a situation that goes against current cultural expectations, like a Christian photographer declining to promote a same-sex wedding, the gears start grinding. If a law that forces someone to promote something against their beliefs is so laughable, so unimaginable…then why is it so difficult to extend the same freedom to a Christian creative professional?
We believe that this entire thing depends on contract law. That allows for creative people to create what they want without supporting people and ideas with which they disagree, and at the same time destroys the “blacks were discriminated against at lunch counters” argument.
The basic thought process is this:
When a person comes in to a store asking for professional services to create something, there is no contract or offer of a contract at that time. The business owner has not said “this is what I will do for this amount of money.” There is no offer for the sale or trade of goods and services. There is nothing on the table for the customer to accept and agree to.
People should not be forced to make or sign contracts. That’s all there is to it.
Contrast that with a lunch counter where there is a sign that says “burgers – $2.00.” The owner of the company has made an offer to sell a burger to people. All that has to happen is a person accept the offer and pay for the burger. There is no discrimination because of the offer to sell being made.
One of our people here works in the graphics business. They think, and we agree, that they have the right to turn down jobs with which they disagree on moral or religious basis. For example, they would never do anything for the KKK. They would never do anything for the Nazi Party. They would not do anything for the divisive Black Lives Matter group. They would never do anything that promotes abortion.
People should have the right to say “I don’t have a contract with you to create that and so I won’t make it.”
As the above video shows, the narrative is that Christian businesses have to create and sell their services to support ideas with which they disagree. The other two examples? Well those creative professionals have the right to refuse based on their religious and moral conscience.
The sad thing is that people will say “the Christian businesses don’t have the right to discriminate when in fact, the people are discriminating against the businesses in apply a different standard to them than they do other companies and people.