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That Gay Bill in Arizona

The Internet has no lack of passionate writers opining about the Arizona bill that would have allow businesses to deny service to gay people based on the religious beliefs of the business owner. Though the Arizona governor vetoed the bill, many Christians are still talking about it because similar legislation is brewing (pun intended) in other states. The overwhelming majority of proponents of such laws come from the Religious Right, so below I offer some links that I have found helpful in processing what I believe on such matters. The first three are my favorite.

Keep three things in mind:

  1. The following articles were written by Christians; some will be more aligned with your flavor of Christianity, and some will challenge your beliefs.
  2. Not all viewpoints provided agree with one another or with any authors of LCC.
  3. Do not assume that you are absolutely, positively, 100% correct in your view. Be willing to adjust your thinking, even if only in minor ways.

Rachel Held Evans: Walking the Second Mile: Jesus, Discrimination, and ‘Religious Freedom’

Matt Walsh: Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime for any reason

ReKnew.org (ministry of Greg Boyd; it is unclear if Boyd wrote this article): In the Aftermath of the AZ Anti-Gay Bill

Jonathan Merritt and Kirsten Powers: Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Merritt and Powers received plenty of criticism, to which they responded here: Does the Bible prohibit providing services for same-sex weddings? Theologians weigh in.

[UPDATE: I also came across this article after posting. Enjoy!]
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Doug Stuart

Doug Stuart holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Seminary and is a regular contributor to LibertarianChristians.com. He currently lives with his wife and three children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he enjoys home brewing, coffee roasting, reading, and aviation. He is a life group leader and deacon at an evangelical church, where he has also taught classes on film and culture, evangelism, faith and economics, and non-violence.

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