Both should be accommodated.
I’m tired of watching Americans forcing other Americans to behave and think contrary to their belief systems.
That’s not who Americans are supposed to be.
I can understand the “it’s your job” argument because I’ve been on that side of the argument.
However, I have little compassion for it these days given how Christian bakers and florists are pressured into providing services that they don’t want to provide.
Either people have freedom of conscience and speech or they don’t.
If we don’t, then we should at least be willing to admit that the Constitution is dead and buried and doesn’t apply to anyone anymore.
However, that’s not the America I want to live in or love.
People who worked for the German State in the 1930’s were told, it’s your job and they enforced unjust laws because they were afraid of the State.
Think about how things could have been different if more people had stood up and said, “I’m not putting up with this BS”.
Sorry, but the “it’s your job” argument only gets you so far with me these days.
People don’t just check their values at the door. This is really a recent expectation - and I don’t like the direction that it leads.
As a classical liberal, I accept and tolerate people who have different ideas and values than I do - even when they conflict with mine. That’s the expectation of living in a pluralistic society. I don’t expect people to conform to my standards, every single time.
There’s room in my America for Christians who don’t want to bake cakes for gay couples or provide them flowers or give them marriage licenses or actually perform the ceremony. There’s also room for Muslims who don’t want to serve pork or alcohol. If I don’t like it as a customer, then I have other choices. I can choose to ask for another server or go on another airline. There are options available.
I don’t want the state dictating that people have to behave or believe a certain way in order to have employment.
That’s a higher value to me than the principle of “it’s your job - you should do it.”
Well, yeah - it’s your job and you should do it, but there are exceptions to that. Do American soldiers kill Americans because the General tells them to? That’s their job isn’t it? And given the way things are going, it really seems that too many Americans want to walk happily towards that kind of society where there’s no critical thinking.
Well, I protest that mentality. I don’t agree with that kind of thinking.