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CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 27, 2014          RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS UNDER ATTACK IN AMERICA

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CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY FEBRUARY 27, 2014

         RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS UNDER ATTACK IN AMERICA. LOOK AT THE HEAVY HAND OF OABAMACARE THAT WANTS TO MANDATE PEOPLE OF FAITH ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT’S DEMAND THEY PROVIDE CONTRACEPTIVES AND ABORTIFACIENTS IN THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS. BUT THE CASE OF AN ARIZONA COUPLE WHO REFUSED TO BAKE A WEDDING CAKE FOR A LESBIAN COUPLE IS THE WRONG GROUND ON WHICH TO CONDUCT THIS BATTLE.

         BY THE TIME THIS AIRS, ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER MAY HAVE EITHER SIGNED OR VETOED A RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL. IT IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT ESPECIALLY CHRISTIAN BUSINESS OWNERS, BUT COULD IN THE END HARM THEM. IF NOT BAKING LESBIANS A WEDDING CAKE IS OK IN A PUBLIC BUSINESS, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF PAUL’S LIST OF UNREPENTANT SINNERS WHO AREN’T GOING TO HEAVEN? WOULD THE COUPLE REFUSE TO BAKE A CAKE FOR LIARS? WHAT ABOUT FORNICATORS, OR PEOPLE WHO DIVORCE, OR HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES WHO LIVE TOGETHER AND ARE NOT MARRIED?

         IN OUR NOT TOO DISTANT PAST THERE WERE CHRISTIANS, EVEN PREACHERS, WHO SAID THE BIBLE OUTLAWED MIXED RACE MARRIAGES AND EVEN THE RIGHT OF WOMEN TO VOTE. THEY WERE WRONG. BUSINESSES MUST SERVE ALL SORTS OF SINNERS. MAKE THE CAKE, LOVE THE SINNER AND BE A WITNESS TO THEM WOULD BE MY CHOICE. IN CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, I’M CAL THOMAS

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