In response to the Arizona 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Arizona lawmakers have passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The gist of the act is to make it legal for business owners, such as myself, to cite our heartfelt religious beliefs in order to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

So here's my response:

I suppose as a Christian wedding photographer, in Arizona I now have the right to refuse to photograph:

1) a marriage between people of different races

Daniel 2:43
"As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay."

2) a marriage between a Christian and someone of another faith

2 Corinthians 6:14
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers."

3) a marriage between a man who divorces his wife and marries another.

Matthew 19:9
"And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,
and marries another, commits adultery.”

4) a marriage between a couple who have had sex before marriage

I Corinthians 6:9-11,

"Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God".

5) a marriage between people who want to be rich

1 Timothy 6:9
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare,
into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin
and destruction." 

I could go on, but wait ... if I refuse to serve all these people, I'll go out of business.

Hmmm ... so who will I choose to refuse to serve?

The people who desire to be rich? That doesn't sound like a good idea.

The divorced people getting married? Nope, too many of them.

The interracial couples? Probably not.

Better choose a really small minority, like homosexuals. Yeah, that sounds like a good choice.

And then I'll claim that I'm the one who is being discriminated against for following my conscience. (In a very limited manner, sure, but my conscience nonetheless.)

I mean Jesus said I would be persecuted for his sake, right?

I'm sure this is what he must've been talking about.

Yeah, right!