The anti-gay bigots will do whatever it takes to rid the country of the “scourge” of homosexuality. The latest attempt in Idaho is a law proposed by state Representative Lynn Luker to prohibit the revocation of professional licenses of doctors, nurses or anyone else licensed by the state for refusing services to homosexuals, bisexuals and transgendered people.
As one opponent of the proposed law, ACLU of Idaho executive director Monica Hopkins says, “This is a solution searching for a problem.” There has never been a case in the state to which the law would apply.
Luker claims that it is necessary to protect people’s religious liberty due to the attempts elsewhere by gays and lesbians to fight discrimination. He contends that it is only a matter of time before they target Idaho and attempt to force their views on them.
“This is preemptive,” he said. “The issue is coming, whether it’s 10 years, or 15 years, or two years.”
In defense of the bill, he cites the case of the bakery in Portland, Oregon which was found by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to be guilty of discrimination when the owners refused to bake a cake for a same sex couple.
New Mexico had a similar case where a photographer refused to photograph a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple, citing freedom of speech.
Unlike those states, Idaho’s Human Rights Act contains no provision protecting gays and lesbians and Republicans have rejected all proposals to add them.
Luker is supported by Cornerstone Family Council a right wing religious group which proudly claims an affiliation with such intolerant groups as Family Policy Council (FPC), Family Research Council (FRC) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
These are all groups advocating against same-sex unions and for criminalizing homosexuality.
One of the founders of ADF is Donald Wildmon who, in 2012 warned his followers against supporting the President for reelection because if he was reelected, “then we’re gone” because “his hands will be free to come after religious people.”
Julie Lynde, Cornerstone’s executive director says that the law is necessary because governments are increasing their assaults on allowing the religious to “live out their faith.”
“The free expression of religious freedom is no longer understood for what it was intended,” she said. “There’s a double standard against people of traditional religious faiths.”
Luker’s law would prohibit the revocation of any professional license, including doctors and nurses for “declining to provide or participate in providing any service that violates the person’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”
He makes an exception only for emergency personnel who would have to treat an injury or illness in an emergency situation.
Democratic State Representative John Gannon of Boise says that he is concerned that the law would allow doctors to refuse to accept LGBTQ patients after having received taxpayer funds to help pay for their education through an existing program designed to increase the number of medical professionals in the state.
Representative Holli Woodings, D-Boise pointed out other potential problems with the law, such as the possibility that the only driving school in a town is run by someone whose religious belief tells him that women should not drive, or a restaurant refusing service on similar grounds.
What this all comes down to is the fact that many who claim to be devoutly Christian display decidedly un-Christian behavior.
h/t: On Top Magazine