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Denying Service to Religious Customers

After the Tennessee Democratic Party advised Cracker Barrel that a Knoxville-area pastor had preached a sermon lambasting homosexuality, Cracker Barrel informed the church that it could not use its facility for a meeting on “soul winning.”

The Party praised the restaurant chain’s decision, but didn’t it violate state and federal civil rights laws prohibiting public establishments from denying service based on creed or religion? And how could Cracker Barrel not provide service because a customer’s religious beliefs violated its beliefs, but a Christian baker or florist can’t refuse to provide custom wedding cakes and floral arrangements because their customer’s beliefs violated their religious beliefs?

Christians need to realize there is no such a thing as religious neutrality. Understand what has happened here: Tennessee’s Democratic Party expected non-neutrality, and Cracker Barrel chose to bow before the god of mammon.


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Does Religious Liberty Promote Polytheism?

Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist whose state courts said she violated state law for not designing a floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding, is now asking the United States Supreme Court to hear her case.

While her primary argument is rooted in the First Amendment’s freedoms related to speech and expression, many Christians see the case as one of religious liberty. While religious liberty certainly appeals to Christians, it can hide what is really a claim by others to religious neutrality. And, from God’s perspective, there is no such thing.

Religious neutrality is at root polytheism. But rejecting cultural polytheism does not justify acrimonious attitudes. It does mean we need to see that embracing a religious liberty that promotes a religiously neutral culture denies God’s claim to His creation and the Gospel.


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Are You My Mother?

All of us had biological parents. Some also had adoptive parents. Others had a step parent because their widowed or divorced biological parent married another person. But Tennessee is now being sued on the ground that this limited understanding of parentage is unconstitutional.

The plaintiff, a woman, is arguing that she is a child’s mother because she was married to the child’s biological mother at the time the child was conceived through sperm donation.

This, she says, is required because the U.S. Supreme Court requires the state to treat same-sex marriages the same as male-female marriages. Thus, if a man and woman are both parents to a child born during their marriage, then two women must both be parents to a child born during their marriage.

So, if you think same-sex marriage is just about marriage, think again.


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Tennessee Celebrates a Birthday

On June 1, Tennessee celebrated its 223rd birthday, having officially separated from North Carolina in 1796.

While Tennessee’s first constitution borrowed heavily from that of its mother state, one interesting point of departure was North Carolina’s Constitution creating a religious test for public office. North Carolina’s Constitution provided that no person who denied the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion or the divine authority of either the Old or New Testaments could hold public office in that state.

The delegates to Tennessee’s constitutional convention took a more ecumenical approach, striking the provisions regarding Protestantism and the Bible, but even to this day, Tennessee’s Constitution provides that “no person who denies the being of God or a future state of rewards and punishments shall hold any office” in Tennessee.


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Whose House Needs Judging?

Last Thursday, the U.S House of Representatives voted in favor of the so-called Equality Act that, if passed by the U.S. Senate, would make biological confusion the law of the land. Businesses, schools, and even the YMCA will be required to treat men as women and vice versa if that is how a person subjectively wants to “identify.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, touting the act’s approval, said, “This is not about tolerance. This is about respect for our LGBTQ communities, this is about taking pride.”

When a nation’s leaders take pride in what God calls an abomination, will God forever remain silent, particularly if those who profess Jesus as Savior and Lord remain silent, too? Let Christians not think God’s judgment will begin in the U.S. House; Scripture tells us judgment begins in the house of God.


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