News from the US give us a foretaste of what we soon will see happening in Europe if the EU’s controversial draft for a “General Anti-Discrimination Directive” is adopted. The Alliance Defending Freedom reports the following case from Washington State:
A state judge ruled Wednesday that floral artist and grandmother Barronelle Stutzman must provide full support for wedding ceremonies that are contrary to her faith. The court claims that Stutzman’s referral of a long-time customer to another business for floral design and support for a same-sex ceremony violated Washington law.
The court also ruled recently that both the state and the same-sex couple, who each filed lawsuits against her, may collect damages and attorneys’ fees not only from her business, but from Stutzman personally. That means the 70-year-old grandmother may not only lose her business, but also her home and savings because she lives her life and operates her business according to her beliefs.
The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage… The two men had no problem getting the flowers they wanted. They received several offers for free flowers, and the marketplace gives them plenty of options. Laws that are supposed to prohibit discrimination might sound good, but the government has begun to use these laws to hurt people – to force them to conform and to silence and punish them if they don’t violate their religious beliefs on marriage.
This kind of “anti-discrimination” legislation is not necessary. Nor is it conducive to a more tolerant and equal society. It is solely going to be used by a mean-spirited pressure group (everyone knows which) to harass its opponents.
As another blogger writes:
“If someone doesn’t agree with your position or agenda, sue him until he lives in a box under a bridge, crush him, bring him down, threaten him with more law suits, destroy his livelihood so that he can’t even buy groceries, take away his free-speech by bullying him into silence … just becauseyou don’t like him.
Why not just put him in a camp?”