Dr. Kramer responds to LGBT discrimination argument

Editor’s note: This letter is in response to this here

May I suggest that you abstain from the creation of straw men and then using your artifices to support your arguments?

While the Orthodox catering service may or may not be conjectural, the bakery in Gresham, Ore., owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein (Sweet Cakes by Melissa) is quite real. Their property is subject to being seized because they would not agree to placing what is tantamount to their moral imprimatur upon what has been, for thousands of years, considered a holy sacramental union between one man and one woman.

But, even in Oregon, religious accommodations were written into Oregon’s law allowing physician-assisted suicide. If you are a pharmacist and you object to physician-assisted suicide, the pharmacist does not have to dispense those drugs.

There are no objections to that proviso because it is more “politically correct” to oppose euthanasia than same-sex marriage.

Should a rabbi be allowed to refuse to perform a Catholic wedding ceremony? If you would permit such discretion, then you, Rabbi Allouche, are, by your own terms, guilty of discrimination. And, please: Do not muddy the waters by conflating kashrut, which is not binding upon gentiles, with homosexual behaviour. The Torah is explicit: Homosexual behaviour is an abomination (To’ebah). It is forbidden. It is forbidden for Jews. It is forbidden for gentiles. It is forbidden for all of mankind.

The Constitution of the United States, i.e. the First Amendment, explicitly guarantees the free exercise of religion. The guarantee is to “exercise” … to act upon. To live by. Not just in the privacy of one’s home, or the narrow confines of a church or temple for an hour or two each week. There are people in America who still desire the freedom to practice (“exercise”) their beliefs seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Nowhere in the Constitution do we find a guarantee to not be offended. Kindness and decency, respect and dignity are most desirable traits. But positive traits are a result of proper upbringing. Of culture. Of education. Of family. Of religion. They are not a matter of law. As a taxpayer, I am opposed to spending city revenues in a futile attempt to enforce what should be a matter of good manners and common decency.

As an American, I am opposed to the limitation of the free exercise of religion. As a believer in God, I am opposed to being forced to condone sin.

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