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Friday, 8 April 2016

Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa on Beliefnet: Anti-LGBT Legislation passed under guise of "religious freedom" is full of hypocrisy.

I have been watching with amazement the political rhetoric of some politicians who vow to defend "religious liberty." In several states, politicians have either enacted, or tried to enact, laws that are clearly discriminatory against LGBT fellow citizens, in the name of "religious liberty." The latest is Mississippi, which passed a law, HB 1523, which:

promises that the state government will not punish people who refuse to provide services to people because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage, extramarital sex or transgender people.

How can this not be considered discriminatory? How is this any different than refusing to serve a client who is Muslim, or African-American, or has attached earlobes? Can you imagine what would happen if a Muslim business owner refused to serve an LBGT client out of his "religious beliefs"?

Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2016/04/anti-lbgt-legislation-and-religious-freedom-anyone-else-see-the-glaring-hypocrisy.html#ixzz45GOzhhi2

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