The hearing on religious freedom, which is currently going on in the House Judiciary Committee, has revealed that Christian activists do, indeed, see Christianity differently than other religions. The evidence of this has been all around us for awhile, but when aired in a hearing in the House of Representatives, it shines a strong spotlight on the problem of, “It’s terrible when other religions do it, but okay when Christians do it.”
Mat Staver, the dean of Liberty University’s School of Law, said that if a photographer refuses to photograph a Jewish wedding, or a wedding for a black couple, because it’s against their religious beliefs, that’s a civil rights issue and is rightfully illegal. But when a photographer refuses to photograph a wedding for a gay or lesbian couple, because it’s against their beliefs, that’s allowed, because it falls under freedom of religion.
In other words, discrimination is perfectly okay when Christians do it, because they’re just exercising their religious beliefs. But it’s not okay when anybody else does it, because then they’re treading into the realm of civil rights issues, and thus, breaking the law.
Another thing he refused to acknowledge are the parallels between requiring insurers to cover contraception, and requiring insurers to cover blood transfusions, which go against the teachings of some religions. Staver said that the difference was the Christian fundamental belief about the creation and destruction of life. However, refusing transfusions can also kill someone that might otherwise be saved.
Staver also complained that states shouldn’t be allowed to outlaw conversion therapy at the start of the hearing. He called conversion therapy successful, and took issue with people who would silence the so-called mental health professionals who are able to “reduce or eliminate same-sex attraction, behaviors, or identity.” He went on to whine that efforts to eliminate conversion therapy, which doesn’t work and can be very psychologically damaging, are attempts to censor viewpoints that are consistent with biblical teachings.
In fact, efforts to eliminate conversion therapy are nothing of the sort, and Staver is nothing more than a bigoted wolf pretending to be a sheep. In a nutshell, he and others see Christianity as above other religions, and therefore not subject to the same restrictions other religions are subject to here. All these people are doing is creating more problems than there need to be.