"There are none so blind as those who will not see.
I suggest you read Scripture carefully.
It denounces those who reject what is their natural state and act unnaturally in defiance of their god. The 'abomination' as you so quaintly describe it is the rejection of that which God has given. Since most homosexuals are what they are not through any act of rebellion or choice, it would, in actual fact, be an abomination for them to be forced to be anything other than they are.
To go further, Jesus Christ preached acceptance of people as well as forgiveness and tolerance. He didn't once mention homosexuality, but what he DID say was that we should all take the beams of wood out of our own eyes before we start trying to pick specks of dust out of other people's eyes. He said this most emphatically and he appeared to have been annoyed when he said it: to that extent, you, I and everyone else have no business whatsoever in judging the actions of other people and deciding to withhold services or reject or discriminate.
This 'religious tolerance' bill, far from protecting people who are Christian is demonstrably and unarguably acting in contravention of the fundamental faith these people profess to believe in. In other words, they're all thundering hypocrites.
Apple is absolutely correct to object to this bill. Whether it does so for business reasons, political ones or simply out of an abundance of human charity and love, it is absolutely correct.
By the way, I'm a committed Christian myself. I've read the Bible from cover to cover. There is nothing in it to support homophobia, discrimination and intolerance. Jesus Christ would be furious with a lot of the people who profess to speak in His name.
This subject gets me angry."
Likewise I would suggest that you also spend some time reading the scriptures carefully. In Romans chapter 1, Paul talks about the moral progression downward of those who rejected God. It says that there were those who knew God but didn't think it worthwhile to honor God but turned aside to their own ways. Therefore God gave them over to the sinful desires in their hearts to shameful lusts and unnatural sexual relations, men with men and women with women. And BTW homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned here. It goes on to talk about wickedness, greed, arrogance, depravity, etc. that overtook the human race. But the source of all of this was rooted in the rejection of God.
The New Testament is clear that homosexuality is sin but it is only one of the sexual sins that are mentioned. So is cheating on a spouse or sex outside of marriage. I realize that these things don't line up with popular opinion these days but it is what the scriptures teach. Yes Jesus was, and is, merciful to sinners but he doesn't accept sin. He accepted the sinner but also admonished them to "go and sin no more." He didn't mention homosexuality specifically but he did endorse the morality of the Old Testament which speaks against such practices. I think the gay rights advocates have done a good job of convincing people that they have no choice in their sexual preference but I am not convinced that is true. That argument can be used to justify all sorts of behavior. Check out this article from the LA Times saying that pedophilia may be something that is a natural orientation. Really?
I think this law came about as a result of some lawsuits that have been filed by gay activists against Christian bakeries in other states that would not make them a wedding cake for a gay marriage. So being the tolerant person that you are, do you think it is right for someone who does not agree with homosexuality to be forced to participate in a gay wedding by making a cake for it? You may not agree with them but do they have a right to conduct their business according to the standards they believe in? Christians do not have the monopoly on bakeries, or any other line of business, and I guarantee you there are plenty of places a gay couple can go to get a wedding cake. Trying to force a business owner to conduct business in a way that they don't believe in, in the name of tolerance, smacks of an agenda that is being pushed in this country. I think that is the issue this law is trying to address.
Edited by rickwil61 - 2/25/14 at 1:47pm