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  • 'They Don’t Have A Right To Be Served In Every Store' Says GOP Lawmaker About Gay People

    A Republican state Senator warns LGBT people – but no one else – that they shouldn't have an expectation of being treated equally or fairly in his conservative state.

    Joseph Silk is working to protect people who have deeply held religious beliefs about gay people from having to actually have anything to do with them. The Oklahoma state Senator is sponsoring two decidedly anti-gay bills. One, the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015, would allow anyone – including religious and secular businesses – to discriminate against LGBT people for any reasons, as long as they claim doing so would violate their "sincerely held religious beliefs." The other would bar same-sex couples, but allow different-sex couples, to enter into "covenant marriage," which makes it extremely difficult to later divorce.

    Senator Silk's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a "get-out-of-jail-free card" for people who claim to be of faith, is so sweepingly broad it would allow any person or business – including non-profit or for-profit organizations – to refuse to provide services to anyone whose "sex, gender, or sexual orientation" offends those "sincerely held religious beliefs."

    That means that if your religion directs you to treat women as not equal to men, the State of Oklahoma will support your actions. If your religion, or your interpretation of your religion, mandates you to hate the gays, don't worry, Oklahoma's got you covered. 

    The bill's scope is so broad it allows anyone to refuse to provide "any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges," or "counseling, adoption, foster care, and other social services" to anyone else – again, based on their "sincerely held religious beliefs."

    It also allows anyone, including the State of Oklahoma, to refuse to acknowledge or recognize as valid any marriage or other domestic union. 

    Senator Silk would like folks to know that he's not anti-gay, just pro-faithful.

    Silk told The New York Times in an article published today, that the "L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions."

    “They don’t have a right to be served in every single store,” said Sen. Silk. “People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”

    He added: “And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.” 

    Some responses via Twitter:

    Silk is not the only Oklahoma lawmaker into attacking gays. Notorious state Rep. Sally Kern is pushing several anti-gay bill too.

    Stay tuned.


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    Hat tip: Luke Brinker at Salon


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    • commented 2016-04-02 18:01:13 -0400
      I can understand people wanting to fully follow what they are taught in church. If it is a Christian church, then they should be against gluttony, usury (charging interest), people who disrespect their parents, people who covet, etc. For example, if a customer comes in, looks at an items and says, “Oh, I really really want that!” then the store owner should refuse to sell it to them.

    • commented 2016-04-02 11:33:05 -0400
      Why is it that Republicans always dress their discriminatory bills up with fancy titles that actually mean the exact opposite of the title? To say that George Orwell was prescient is an understatement. Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act my $#%.

    • commented 2016-04-01 18:48:01 -0400
      @joseph Silk: Federal law trumps state law any day. Suck it up.

    • commented 2016-03-28 13:37:00 -0400
      Will Joyce wrote, “How about requiring any business that wishes to participate in this blatant discrimination to post large placards on their doors stating their position.”

      This is why the Goddess makes picket lines and lovely dayglo pink spray paint. Or, if you oppose expository tagging, you could always do it the hobo way, with a discretely placed chalked symbol, such as a pink triangle on the sidewalk out front.

    • commented 2016-03-28 13:26:48 -0400
      The business is not a private club. If it were, it could discriminate. It is open to the public, meaning the owner does not get to choose only a part of the public if there are civil rights laws that protect people against discrimination. When the owner took out a business license, obeying the law was a part of that. The owner is a private entity when they are engaged in personal private things, But the business is not one of those. I know it’s a bit confusing, but maybe it will help you understand if you remember that the owner and the business are not the same thing.

    • commented 2016-03-27 14:33:51 -0400
      DEBORAH, What you state about PRIVATE businesses is exactly the argument that people have used to discriminate against blacks, Asians, Jews, Irish and other minorities.

    • commented 2016-03-27 13:41:40 -0400
      Deborah, even PRIVATELY OWNED BUSINESSES are not allowed to discriminate against any class of people. You must be one of those “privatize everything” Republicans who use this argument to justify their prejudices.

    • commented 2016-03-27 12:54:11 -0400
      If one is a PRIVATE business owner, why should one not have the right to choose which customers they will or will not serve? we’re not talking about a government official, who by law HAS to serve everyone equally. we’re talking about a PRIVATELY OWNED BUSINESS here.

    • commented 2016-03-27 02:25:42 -0400
      Any business owner in North Carolina who does not agree with this law should put up a sigb that says We Do Not Serve NC State Republican Politicians.

    • commented 2016-03-26 16:05:27 -0400
      “It also allows anyone, including the State of Oklahoma, to refuse to acknowledge or recognize as valid any marriage or other domestic union. "

      Given that the SCOTUS has already issued a ruling on this, is OK saying they will defy federal law or are they seceding??

    • commented 2016-03-26 13:17:45 -0400
      Who is going to determine who is, and who is not Gay. Will people be wearing arm bands, or some sort of symbol on their clothing?

    • commented 2016-03-26 09:52:17 -0400
      If members of the LGBTQ community “don’t have a right to be served in every store”, then these businesses don’t have a ‘right’ to declare losses on their tax returns or qualify for business loans if they intend to turn away paying customers.

    • commented 2016-03-23 03:23:32 -0400
      As a person from Chicago with family in NY, LA, San Francisco, Bethesda MD, Baltimore MD, WashingtonDC, etc. If all I take from this is ….avoid Oklahoma………………..um ok. Twist my arm. I can afford to live in better places.

    • commented 2016-03-22 11:22:34 -0400
      Saying the “homosexuals” are the ones fighting against the religious is a total lie. It’s the religious doing it to themselves and putting themselves into the “HATE” group category! They’re doing it to themselves and they shall fail!

    • commented 2016-03-22 10:15:19 -0400
      Interestingly enough that the same freedom that allows U S citizens to be openly gay also allows our elected officials to come up with ridiculous, non value, discriminatory bills while the actual bills that need close attention (Health Care, Education, etc) continue to be tabled and put off for another day. Senator Silk please consider separating church and state and do the job you were elected to do

    • commented 2016-03-21 16:21:14 -0400
      Actually, you should not refuse to serve anyone unless they are being belligerent and rude. Tell you what, I will start refusing to serve christians because I am an atheist…. Yeah that will just keep the money rolling in… Fools like this need to think before they enact a law that can and will bite them in their pious butts.

    • commented 2016-03-21 15:30:09 -0400
      Beginnings of the NEWJIM CROW’ anyone!?!?…
      “No Shoes, No Shirt, TOO FABULOUS ~ No Service!”

      ‘Jim Crow’ lasted as long as it did, (as a boil on the butt of America), because of our acceptance of a ‘sign’ instead of a ‘change’ ~ and how do we make a boil start to heal??

    • commented 2016-03-19 14:08:00 -0400
      Yeah, sure. In the 50’s, this kind of people used to say “I’m not antisemitic! Some of my best friends are Jewish” ….. like my doctor and my accountant. In the 60’s it was, “I’m not a bigot! Some of my best friends are Negroes!” …… like my cleaning lady and my lawn man. Now, it’s gays.

      It’s always people you know you shouldn’t be insulting, but you just don’t want to … you know, get really close to them – because what you hate about them might just rub off on you. They just don’t realize that being Jewish &/or being black &/or being gay isn’t a contagious condition.

    • commented 2016-03-02 04:58:02 -0500
      There are many more divorcees than there are of gay people even more kids born out of wedlock and premarital sex.After the fanatics get their way about that what is next people will have to prove their faith before being allowed to shop,receive medical care,where you can live,if you can work? Do you think Christian fanatics are going to stop at gays and abortion ? They will not !

    • commented 2015-04-04 14:29:03 -0400
      with friends like him, who needs enemies?

    • commented 2015-04-04 10:23:10 -0400
      Another skinhead. BIG SURPRISE!!!

    • commented 2015-03-14 03:26:15 -0400
      there is exsactly one line in the bible that possibly hints about anti homosexuality (and many more that hint at supporting it) most of the bible phrases they use to discriminate against homosexuals use wording that in other parts of the bible shows to mean things like adultary.

      the funny thing is all these “devout” anti gay christians all seam to be well groomed (it’s against the bible to cut you hair) all wear clothing made of more than one type of cloth (also against the bibe) many have probably eaten shell fish, or pork (also against the bible) have peircings, are curcumcised or have tatoos (all also against the bible as the bible states anyone who changed or mutilates their body will go to hell)

      saying that if part of my particular religious beliefs states that it’s my duty to beat the living snot out of ignorant bigots… does that mean that if I move to oklahoma I can crack the skulls of these people and not get in trouble? just a thought

    • commented 2015-03-13 22:44:01 -0400
      Business, Politicians and Political Action Committees take notice… If you discriminate against one group, then I’m going to assume you’ll just as easily discriminate against another.

      I.e. this non-christian will absolutely make sure not a single dollar willing leaves my pocket for your business or politics.

      It’s time for this to stop. The more you try to act like it’s about religious freedom the more you show that it’s just like discrimination against blacks was in the 50s.

      If you can’t treat everyone equally, I’ll treat you like something less than human as well.

    • commented 2015-03-09 17:23:49 -0400
      So if my religion isn’t big on paying taxes, then I dont have to in oklahoma?

    • commented 2015-03-09 14:21:32 -0400
      So basically this vacation property manager turned senator learned nothing from our nations sad history of making second class citizens of people. As a soldier swinging to uphold and defend the constitution from ALL enemies both FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC I think we need to figure out how to start his removal from office by means of the legal system by claiming he is offending our religious beliefs and practices and freedoms and so the entire state is refusing service to him..

    • commented 2015-03-07 17:50:28 -0500
      Joseph Silk is a sufficient reason for those who have deeply held religious beliefs to boycott all stores and industries in Oklahoma that are homophobic and arrogant.

    • commented 2015-03-07 12:09:07 -0500
      I’m introducing a bill in Oklahoma that would make it legal to discriminate against bald people. First of all, it’s just GROSS. Second, how can you trust someone who isn’t capable of growing hair? I mean, what did he do to piss of Zeus?

    • commented 2015-03-06 21:42:07 -0500
      How about requiring any business that wishes to participate in this blatant discrimination to post large placards on their doors stating their position. I would rather my friends and I pass this business by. I don’t work my ass off every day to make money to support this ideal, and neither do most people I know. The market will sort it out and their businesses will fail. Problem solved.

    • commented 2015-03-06 16:36:24 -0500
      It is my firm belief that I want to protect myself from people like this and in turn I have the right to deny them breath. FUCK WITH ME

    • commented 2015-03-06 16:35:35 -0500
      I hate to tell him that his pink shirt and tie made him too feminine for a straight man and probably designed or made by people of colors😜 But most of all his bigot and homophobe will make his blood pressure go up and affect his health if he keeps this up! LGBTQ people pay taxes and deserve every rights a normal human being and an American should have and here to stay whether he or any other bigots like himself like or not. Joseph Silk! Why don’t you go and take a dump because you’re stink🐥

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