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Opinion

March 15, 2014

Redefining bigotry

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Christine Flowers’ article in the Transcript (3-3-2014) claimed bigotry ended the Arizona bill that would have allowed owners or employees of public companies to discriminate in their providing commercial services.

As she states, they will be required to celebrate the sinful act of the marriage of a same-sex couple by baking them a wedding cake as they routinely do for all the rest of us sinners.

Following her prescriptions, the garbage truck driver could refuse to pick up the garbage from the house of a married same-sex couple; that is, he would refuse to celebrate in their sin by collecting their garbage. Now wouldn’t that make for a happy country!

How would Jesus handle this, since he seemed to be tolerant of everyone except usurers practicing in the temple? For that matter, the current Pope is not interested in castigating homosexuals. For some reason, their tolerance does not carry over to many of the religious conservatives in this country. That is essentially the definition of bigotry.

Flowers went on to say that the people who said they were not coming to Arizona if the bill was signed by Gov. Brewer, which led her to veto it, were the bigots. Flowers likened that the pressure exerted was reminiscent Tony Soprano.

Why would they want to come if they thought they or their friends would be discriminated against? I hope our religiously conservative legislators will keep that in mind, especially since tourism is important to our economy. There are many businesses in Oklahoma that would be unhappy also to have people driven away.

Chadwick Cox

Norman

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