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Bryan Fischer: Jim Crow is back: NFL to Arizona: you can’t sit at our lunch counter
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:17 AM

By Bryan Fischer

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We’re hearing a lot about the reinstatement of segregationist Jim Crow laws these days, as homosexual activists fling this accusation at the state of Arizona. They argue that SB1062, a bill which simply protects religious liberty in the Copper State, is tantamount to the reinstatement of discriminatory laws. 

As so often is the case, the situation is actually the reverse. It is in fact the bullies and bigots of Big Gay who are reinstating Jim Crow laws, only this time the marginalized and segregated Americans are Christian businessmen. Faith-driven vendors are being told that unless they submit to the owners of the liberal plantation, they will be punished by their homosexualized overlords and sent to the margins of society. 

Jim Crow laws, according to Wikipedia, resulted in “systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages” for the victims of prejudice. And so people of faith, under the reign of Big Gay, are experiencing similar disadvantages. 

Not the same, mind you, but similar, with a dynamic that if followed to its logical conclusion will take us to the same place. First they come for the bakers, and then they come for the rest of us. 

Economically, a Christian baker in Oregon was forced to close his business because of his support for natural marriage. Christians have suffered educational disadvantages, as some have been fired from academic positions for supporting man-woman marriage and others have been booted from graduate programs in counseling because they hold a biblical view of sexuality. 

The social disadvantages are perhaps the most obvious. Supporters of religious liberty and natural marriage in Arizona are the subject of unrelenting hatred, vilification and ostracism from “polite” society. 

In other words, Jim Crow is back, thanks to Big Gay and their allies. Only this time the victims of this rank bigotry are people of faith, not people of color. 

Arizona lawmakers are seeking to protect Christian businessmen from being discriminated against economically and socially simply because they exercise their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion in business affairs. It’s simply immoral as well as unconstitutional for the heavy hand of government to be used to force an American citizen to violate his conscience, his deeply held religious values, and the standards of his God. 

But this is precisely what secular fundamentalists in the homosexual lobby, government and business are seeking to do in Arizona. Not only is there a blatant refusal on the part of these activists to honor their own self-proclaimed ideals of diversity and inclusion (how included do Christian bakers feel right now?), they want to affirmatively punish any Christian who would dare bring biblical principle into the operation of his business. 

The NFL is threatening to pull the Super Bowl from Arizona if the state will not bow the knee to the god of gayness. In other words, the NFL is saying to Arizona, if you continue to support religious liberty, you will be segregated out from the rest of society. 

Now would the bullies and bigots of Big Gay protect the liberty of a homosexual baker who refused to bake a cake for an anniversary celebration at the American Family Association? Would they protect the liberty of a homosexual printer who turned down a print job for AFA? The questions answer themselves, and reveal the hypocrisy and double standards of these paragons of tolerance in all their nauseating glory. 

On an international level, the United States is doing to Uganda what the NFL is trying to do to Arizona, and if anything it’s more insidious because they are doing it to a nation of black people. Our own government is seeking to ostracize an entire nation of blacks, segregating it from the nations of the world, simply because that nation of blacks wants to protect the health of its own people from the ravages of disease caused by promiscuous homosexual behavior. 

So the NFL is saying to Arizona, and President Obama is saying to Uganda, “If you support religious liberty or natural marriage, you can’t sit at our lunch counter.” 

Sounds a whole lot like Jim Crow to me. 

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.

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