Erick Erickson, Asshole of the Day for February 22, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Now that judges are overturning gay marriage bans around the country, anti-gay bigots are trying to push laws that will allow them to discriminate against gays, especially gays who want to get married, on the basis of their religious freedom. It’s bullshit, but they persist, so filled with hate they are.
The latest laws being pushed in places like Arizona and Kansas allow businesses to deny any person service on religious grounds. And the case they all talk about is the poor Christian baker who might get in trouble for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple getting married. That this somehow is so offensive to the baker’s religion. As though he sits in his kitchen praying to God the whole time and that other than gays getting married, never serves anyone who has sinned according to the baker’s religion.
Erick Erickson is defending these laws, and says that a baker being forced to sell a cake to a gay couple is “aiding and abetting sin”:
In her column, Powers, an evangelical Christian herself, argued that Christians shouldn’t refuse services to people simply because they disagreed with them, noting that many “Christians serve unrepentant murders through prison ministry.” Erickson responded by asserting that, unlike prison ministers, businesses that serve gay couples would be “aiding and abetting” sin.
So according to Erickson it’s OK for a Christian to serve someone in prison, because that sin is in the past, but serving a gay person who is getting married is aiding in that sin. So naturally this Erickson Doctrine extends to all sins that a customer may commit, right? Let’s run this down.
A Christian baker should not sell a cake to anyone who is committing (or planning to commit) a sin according to his religion. So of course he won’t sell to anyone who
- takes the Lord’s name in vain
- works on the Sabbath
- does not honor their mother and father
- steals (will they eat this cake while watching a movie they downloaded illegally from BitTorrent?)
- commits adultery or fornication
- has other gods (so of course they can’t sell to non-Christians)
And those are just the 10 Commandments. Sticking to other sins enumerated in the Old Testament where gay sex is prohibited, there’s also
- eating shellfish
- eating pork
- preparing meat and cheese in the same kitchen (pizza)
Shall Christian bakers now refuse to sell to people with tattoos? Or who eat pepperoni pizza?
What if, upon dropping their keys, the customer shouts “God damn it!”? Will the baker refuse them service to avoid aiding and abetting sin?
Nope. None of these other sins are something that should stop a baker from selling to a customer. The only one is gay marriage. Is that all that Christianity is to these people— anti-gay bigotry? Because it sure sounds like the only religious problem they have is gays. That’s not the Christianity I was raised in.
So, for suggesting a bakery should deny gay couples a wedding cake, Erick Erickson is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Erick Erickson's third time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for calling Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie” and telling liberals to stock up on coat hangers after Texas passed a bill restricting abortions.
Full story: http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201402210001
The problem with this argumentation above is simple: the original quote is absurd and SHOULD not have any legal validity.
"Aiding and abetting" is a legal term. "Sin" is a religious term.
Therefore, since we have, **ahem**, separation of church and state in this country, what this idiot said is nonsense. You cannot convict someone of sin. Nor can you convict someone of “aiding and abetting” sin. Sin is between you and your church. Breaking the law is between you and the state.
So, while I agree that he’s a hypocrite and should ALSO, based on his statement, not serve divorced people, or Sabbath breakers… the argument only lends credence to his point that religious affairs can become part of the legitimate legal sphere. Which is wrong.
The correct answer is: This is absurd and he needs to STFU.