Is It O.K. to Refuse to Serve Same-Sex Couples Based on Religious Beliefs?
Hmmm let’s look at this at all possible angles. Let’s say you are running a bakery or cafe that bakes cakes. If the ingredients or something in the cake is against their personal belief or beliefs or the design of the cake represents something that is considered taboo in their beliefs, then I suppose I would understand that. Like say a Satanic symbol for a Christian run bakery or something like that. Maybe a lewd suggestive wording of a sexual nature or something along the likes.
Otherwise I do not see why or how it should be OK for any business to refuse to serve same-sex couples. If they are asking for a cake that doesn’t have lewd remarks in icing or any odd shapes or something like that, then what is the problem? If you do not like homosexual relationships, do not have a homosexual relationship. Why should you have a problem with some folks who are in one? The religious angle is always a tricky one because people get so sensitive and authorities as well are reluctant to touch it.
But basically what you are is ignorant, bigoted and homophobic if you refuse to serve them. Using some ancient text book to justify your hatefulness and overall assholeness (is that a word? It is now). And if you do choose to refuse them service, be prepared to get a backlash from people. That can affect your business and Karma is a cold hearted bitch.
Are There Topics That Should Be Off Limits to Comedy?
I would usually not say anything is off limits however yes there are a few topics. Tragedies and the dying and seriously ill. I don’t think I would laugh at jokes that are about these topics. Except when the death or illness is about really vile and shitty people who thrill at the idea of other people feeling bad and falling in trouble.
So like the death of an older person or a miscarriage – no, no thank you! I don’t even want to hear someone even suggest the idea of making a joke around these topics. That be just be so not worth hearing. What else? War and suffering and famine. Diseases, amputation and homelessness – there are so many that I can’t stand to hear and I guess my sense of empathy would win over instead of wanting to laugh.
Now if you are thinking – religion? Shouldn’t religion be on this list? NOPE!
A man enters the confessional in a Church: “Father, I have sinned. I have been unfaithful to my wife. I’m a film producer and about two weeks ago I slept with Jennifer Lopez.” “Anything more than confess son?” replies the priest “Yes father. Last week I was weak and I also slept with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.” The very calm priest asks: “Any other sin, son?” “Yes father, this week I could not contain myself and participated in a threesome with Gal Gadot and Brie Larson.” “Sorry, son, but I can not absolve you,” the priest replies. “Why not Father, if the mercy of God is infinite?” “Yes, but God will not believe you’re sorry.
A girl is going to confess: “Well, you see, father, I said that my boyfriend is a son of a bitch and the other day …” The priest interrupts her and says: “But girl! How you call your boyfriend, you son of a bitch! What has happened to you?” “Well, the other day he took my hand.” The priest takes her hand and says: “But look, I take your hand too and I’m not a son of a bitch.” “Yeah, well … but it’s just that my boyfriend later touched my breasts.” The priest touches her breasts and says: “Look, I’m touching your tits but I’m not a son of a bitch.” “Yes, but my boyfriend also made love to me.” replied the girl The priest throws it away and then says: “Well, look, I made love to you too and I’m not a son of a bitch.” “Yes, but my boyfriend has Herpes.” “What a son of a bitch!!!”
The new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks an older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears a couple confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.\ The old priest suggests, “Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand.” The new priest tries this. The old priest suggests, “Try saying things like, ‘I see”, ‘Yes, go on’ and ‘I understand.’ ‘How did you feel about that?'” The new priest practices, saying these phrases. The old priest says, “Now, don’t you think that’s a little better than slapping your knee and saying ‘No shit?!? What happened next?'”
Someone I know only online just asked me if he would be thought of as a racist if he thought some Africans / people of Africa heritage were ok but that some of them are still more monkey than the rest of us!!!! This guy actually said that.
I was like “Excuse me!! That is not something you say” but he then proceeded to send a pic of a football player and typed “Look at this guy! Look at his head especially his face and his mannerism. Don’t tell me this guy isn’t part gorilla or some other species!”
I was blown away but then all I could say was that humans are basically less hairy apes. We chimps and other monkeys all had evolved from a common ancestor.
To that he started abusing me. I checked his Twitter profile page – AH! Creationist. I had hit a nerve. I abused him back and told him to shove his opinions up his arsehole! I am now blocked by him and feeling rather proud of myself!
Wilson runs a nail factory and decides his business needs a bit of advertising. He has a chat with a friend who works in marketing, and he offers to make a television ad for Wilson’s Nails. “Give me a week,” says the friend, “and I’ll be back with a tape.”
A week goes by and the marketing executive comes to see Wilson. He puts a cassette in the video and presses play. A Roman soldier is busy nailing Jesus to the cross. He turns to face the camera and says with a grin, “Use Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.” Wilson goes mad, shouting, “What is the matter with you? They’ll never show that on television. Give it another try, but no more Romans crucifying Jesus!”
Another week goes by and the marketing man comes back to see Wilson with another tape. He puts it in the machine and hits play. This time the camera pans out from a Roman standing with his arms folded to show Jesus on the cross. The Roman looks up at him and says, “Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.” Wilson is beside himself. “You don’t understand. I don’t want anything with Jesus on the cross! Now listen, I’ll give you one last chance. Come back in a week with an advertisement that I can broadcast.”
A week passes and Wilson waits impatiently. The marketing executive arrives and puts on the new video. A naked man with long hair, gasping for breath, is running across a field. About a dozen Roman soldiers come over the hill, hot on his trail. One of them turns to the camera and says, “If only we had used Wilson’s Nails!”
While you can’t buy a stairway to heaven, it is sometimes helpful to acknowledge the faith of those we love by getting them gifts relevant to their beliefs. In fact, there is a wide selection of items available for folks from a whole range of belief systems and spiritual practices. Some of which you can discover in the post below.
Buddhists/Meditators – Zafu and Zabuton
You are probably already aware that those practicing forms of Buddhism and even the agnostic version Mindfulness, spend a fair bit of time meditating. Much of which is done crossed legged while sitting on the ground.
Of course, if they are enlightened master level, then the discomfort of this position will barely register in their consciousness. However, if they are still tentatively beginning their walk on the 8 fold path, a meditation mat and cushion can be an excellent gift.
In fact, these items, known as a Zafu and Zubuton, respectively, come from the Japanese tradition of Zen. The advantage of using them being that they can not only help cushion the ankles during meditation, and also help to get your spine in the right position as well. This being likely to make them a welcome addition to any mediator’s life.
Christians – Cross Jewelry
You may think that buying gifts for Christian friends and loved ones is easy. After all, there is that really important key text they talk about a lot, and they have a pretty prominent symbol too. However, it’s not just about finding something that appeals to their religious beliefs but also matches the type of person they are as well.
With that in mind, opting for a piece of jewelry from providers like Holy Grace can be an excellent choice. In fact, there you can find a whole range of crosses and crucifixes as well as holy medals in many different metals and designs. Something that should make it so much easier to pick an item that you know the person you are gifting it to are sure to love and wear.
Yogis – Yoga Mat
The most obvious gift for those people in your life that are practicing Yogis is a mat on which they can conduct their asanas. However, just Googling the term Yoga mat will have you inundated with different types, materials, colors, and designs.
What this means is picking the right one can be something of a headache. Fortunately, you can navigate this issue by examining the type of practice your yoga-loving pal does. Now, I’m not talking about Iyengar, Ashtanga, or Bikram here. Instead, look for whether they head to a sports center or practice in their own home.
The reason being that those heading to the gym for their yoga class are likely to be more interested in the muscle training aspect of yoga, and so may appreciate a mat design will excellent grip. However, those for whom yoga is more of a lifestyle may prefer a mat with some more environmentally friendly qualities like the ones discussed here.
United States Founding Father Thomas Paine wasn’t just a political revolutionary but also took a radical approach to religion. Born in England in 1736, Paine, moved to the New World in 1774, thanks in part to Benjamin Franklin. He took part in the American Revolution and even inspired the settlers to declare independence from Britain. His pamphlet “Common Sense” and pamphlet series “The American Crisis” made a case for revolution.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. [ The Age of Reason]
Science is the true theology. [Thomas Paine quoted in Emerson, The Mind on Fire p. 153]
. . . to argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead. [The Crisis, quoted in Ingersoll’s Works, Vol. 1, p.127]
Priests and conjurors are of the same trade. [ The Age of Reason]
One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests. [Thomas Paine quoted in 2000 Years of Disbelief, Famous People with the Courage to Doubt by James Haught]
That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not. [The Life and Works of Thomas Paine, Vol. 9 p. 134]
Accustom a people to believe that priests or any other class of men can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance. [The Theological Works of Thomas Paine, p.207
Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange believe that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies. [ The Age of Reason]
The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed. [The Theological Works of Thomas Paine]
Every phrase and circumstance are marked with the barbarous hand of superstitious torture, and forced into meanings it was impossible they could have. The head of every chapter, and the top of every page, are blazoned with the names of Christ and the Church, that the unwary reader might suck in the error before he began to read. [The Age of Reason, p.131]
The declaration which says that God visits the sins of the fathers upon the children is contrary to every principle of moral justice. [The Age of Reason]
It’s no secret that today’s society can be a scary and depressing place. Things such as poverty, homelessness and war can plague our consciousness.
For many having a religion and faith can bring comfort and peace in an otherwise chaotic world. If you or a loved one are thinking of finding faith, we’ve put together a few ways that religion may be able to change your life for the better.
At the core of most religions is the desire to spread love, be optimistic and to make the world a better place. Having hope that through your religion you can achieve these things can make you feel better overall.
Worship Can Help You Find A Community
Finding a church or another place of worship can be a fantastic way for you to discover new friends. Meeting like minded-individuals can also give you huge feelings of relief and peace. Churches like The Universal Church, pride themselves on being welcoming spaces for those interested in learning about the Christian religion. So whether you’re a lapsed believer, you’re interested in meeting some like-minded individuals, or you want to see what this religion stuff is about for yourself, head to your local place of worship.
Reasons for this could be having a busier, more fulfilling social life, a better outlook on life and a more settled family life.
Give Your Life Some Direction And Meaning
One of the most important reasons why people decide to follow a religion is that it gives them a stable blueprint on how to conduct themselves and live their lives. The guidance from many religions, helps people to live their lives in a way that they feel happy with and excited by the prospect of rewards for any suffering through the afterlife.
Overall, more and more people are finding religion or returning to religion. These benefits and tips can show you that faith has so much to offer your life and could possibly make it better and happier than it is now.