Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hypocrisy Runs Both Ways in Refusing Service Battles

Accusations of hypocrisy were bound to be made over a gay shop owner’s refusing service to a Christian anti-abortion group.

There were Christians who applauded past instances of business owners refusing service. In those cases, of course, it was Christian business owners who refused to provide services for gay customers and claimed they were in their right to religious freedom in doing so.

But some Christians were outraged when the tables were turned.

In this case, it happened at a Washington state coffee shop owned by a gay man. Before we get to deep into this, let me warn you that some of the language that you’ll see in the link I’ll share is quite graphic and may be highly disturbing, whether you’re religious or not.

In a nutshell, the business owner got the notion that the customers had placed graphic anti-abortion materials in his shop. He wasn’t having it and demanded they leave. According to the story, as reported in the Washington Times, the shop owner used graphic language in making his point and in response to their customers’ response.

The website points out a predictable reaction:

Many who watched the video called out the hypocrisy in our society today between those who approve of this gay coffeeshop owner having the right to kick this pro-life group out of his business and many of the same people who accuse Christian business owners such as bakery owner Jack Phillips of discriminating against gay people when he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

The trouble is, the Christians who supported Jack Phillips for his refusing service to a gay couple should have absolutely nothing to say about this case in which a gay shop owner kicked out Christian customers he claims distributed disturbing content in his place of business.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? And they can’t claim “Christian persecution” since it’s the Christians who started this particular fire over services for same-sex marriage.

If it’s right for a business owner to have the right to refuse service to those he disagrees with, then what, exactly, is the problem here?

It’d sure be nice if we could all just get along a bit better. There’d probably be a lot less bitterness in the world.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.