Will I go to prison in my lifetime?

It is hard to believe, but at the rate things are changing today, I will most likely go to prison in my lifetime for the beliefs that I hold. In 1996, DOMA was enacted under the presidency of Bill Clinton. "The Defense of Marriage Act is a United States federal law that allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states." Now, less than 20 years later, Bill Clinton has done an about-face. Writing an op-ed in the Washington Post, he says,
"When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that “enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.” Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned."
People are obviously allowed to change their minds, but the rate and virulence at which is happening is incredible. Unfortunately, the tolerance that gay people preached to those who disagreed with them has turned into intolerance. Gay people are no longer being discriminated against, they are the ones who are discriminating.

Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in Washington state who is being sued by the attorney general of the state for refusing to involve her business in a gay wedding She served a gay couple for over 10 years and believed they were her friends. She did not treat them any differently then anyone else. One day they asked her to make a cake for their wedding, but she refused saying,
"I am sorry. I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ."
Instead of these friends disagreeing and taking their business elsewhere, they used Facebook to spread the word and eventually the authorities were notified, which led to the lawsuit [1]. It is not that she was not willing to serve them, she just did not want to participate in something against her conscience. Watch her recount the story in her own words.

Aaron and Melissa Klein are bakers in Gresham, Oregon, who refused to participate in a same-sex wedding. They did not refuse to serve gay people on a regular basis, they only refused to participate in the wedding. As a result, they are subject to fines and penalties under Oregon's anti-discrimination statute. They have now shuttered their business because of the intolerance of gay rights activists who protested.

Elane Huguenin is a photo journalist in New Mexico who also refused to participate in a same-sex wedding. She was fined $7000 for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by New Mexico Human Rights Commission.

These situations make it obvious that there is a frightening trajectory to an intolerant and state run society. Everybody should have the right to refuse participation in something that violates their conscience. Should a baker who chooses to be gay have to participate in baking a cake for the Roman Catholic Church? Should a black florist have to participate in a wedding for a member of the KKK? A private business owner should have the right to refuse service to anybody they like, "not shirt, no shoes, no service," and consumers should have the right to boycott any business they like. Once the state starts to coerce the participation of individuals, we are in a bad state indeed.

Right now people are only penalized monetarily, but how much longer will it be until they are thrown into prison because they can't pay the fine? Remember it was less than 20 years ago, when this kind of "discrimination" was supported by the government itself. Now that the law makers have evolved, they expect everybody to evolve with them or else! The intolerance of those who preach tolerance is going to destroy the freedom in our society. The states attempt to legislate morality on the basis of popular opinion will ultimately lead into totalitarianism. Unfortunately, since most people agree with the decisions being made they will not realize it until it is too late.

For anybody who disagrees with me, please take this quote from Martin Niemoller to heart:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.


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