You run a business in a small town in Indiana. You have lived in this town your entire life and you know everyone who lives here. You are a devout Christian and you live your life according to the teachings of Jesus. How can you know if your Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of religion is being violated?
- A teenager that spent time in a juvenile facility for petty larceny.
- A homemaker who needs help with her drinking problem.
- The local state representative who used incendiary mailers to defeat his last opponent.
- A Muslim who attends a mosque in a nearby town.
- The loan officer at the town bank.
- A local pig farmer.
- The town fortune teller and expert on horoscopes.
- A man who is sleeping with his neighbor’s wife.
- A woman who has not been baptized.
- A gay man.
If you picked #10, then you believe that your religion preaches that homosexuality is an abomination. If, however, you did not also pick ALL of the other nine, then your judgment about the gay customer is not truly based on religious beliefs, but on prejudice. If you do not refuse all 10 of these customers, then you are condoning either stealing, drunkenness, giving false witness, heathen worship, usury, eating impure foods, wizardry and magic, covetousness, and unrepentance – all sins according to your Bible.
- Looking the other way because the teen is just acting out.
- Selling the homemaker a flask of whiskey.
- Printing the incendiary flyers for the state representative.
- Selling the Muslim a rug that might be used for prayer.
- Co-signing a loan for a friend.
- Buying bacon and homemade sausages to sell to others.
- Asking what is in store for Aquarians today.
- Selling the man a box of condoms.
- Selling the woman a gun.
- Taking an order for a rainbow-colored wedding cake.
Again, if you picked #10, then you believe that your action would facilitate homosexuality and offer tacit approval of marriage equality. But if you did not pick ALL of the other nine, then you are discriminating not on the basis of religion, but because of your bias against gays.