This message is nothing new to Christians.
The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has recently declared that Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organization will find themselves in a huge amount of legal trouble. You can read about it here.
Well, my first question is who is this Human Rights Commission? Apparently they have been around for a long time (50 years). And from their website they declare: It is the purpose of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission to safeguard all individuals within Lexington-Fayette County from discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status and sexual orientation/gender identity in connection with employment, housing and public accommodations.
Just so that you understand the problem here, a Christian T-Shirt business owner refused to print some t-shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival. The organization that ordered the t-shrits filed a complaint, and the t-shirt owner is now being ordered to take sensitivity/diversity training because of his religious beliefs. Reread that last sentence.
First of all, the t-shirt business is a privately owned and operated company. That means that they have the right to do business with whomever they desire.
Secondly, if it is the purpose of this commission to protect the rights of the people, and it openly declares that religion is one of those rights, how can they tread on the rights of one group in order to support the rights of another?
As far as I can tell from the article, the Commission is hiding behind a thin legal vail. But as the article points out. The government is "re-educating" a person because their religious beliefs don't agree with the governments point of view.
Now if you think that this is an isolated case - you're wrong. In fact, the Alliance Defend Freedom, a legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith, cites a number of current cases where this is happening nationwide. They are defending this business owner as well as others who are being told - bury your religious beliefs or bury your business.