Why this matters …

As people of faith, we care deeply about religious freedom: about our rights to believe, worship, and gather together in accordance with our practices. For many of us, putting our faith into action everyday is at the heart of our lives. What do we do, then, when we encounter those whose lives reflect different values than our own?

In recent years, some business people, shop owners, and government employees have felt that being faithful means that they should refuse to serve those whose lives different from theirs. That they would be enabling what they felt were sinful actions simply by providing good or services that might be used in something they disagreed with, particularly a same-sex wedding.

We do not believe that discrimination is the answer to difference and we feel that this attitude goes against the major teachings of our religion: that we are to treat others as we would want to be treated by them. We are to extend kindness and hospitality to others, recognizing that they are all our neighbors. Isn’t this a stronger message of faith than acts of discrimination? We don’t have to believe alike or think alike to be faithful.

April 17, 2018

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