Let he without sin…

BY SAVANNAH RHEINHART, Editor-in-Chief

Since I can remember, I’ve always been the person to question things. Like, why did Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson get married? Or who was the stylist that made the decision to make Mitt Romney the color of a pumpkin? Lately, and maybe it’s because I worked at a steakhouse during Lent, the biggest questions I’ve been having are about religion.

I’ve taken a World Religions class, so I know better than to try and challenge the beliefs of others, no matter the logic I’m armed with. Those aren’t where my questions stem from. With the new Indiana Religious Freedom Law being passed by Gov. Mike Pence, my curiosity comes from the hypocrisy. In very laymen’s terms, the law states that business owners can choose to refuse service to anyone due to religious beliefs. Asking if this law is discrimination is a discussion for a different day, but the fact that this is an option raises more questions than it settles. The recent example I’ve seen is that a doctor chose not to treat a child of a gay couple. Using this new law as support, the doctor did not treat the child.

DEMONSTRATORS GATHER TO PROTEST A CONTROVERSIAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL IN INDIANAPOLIS
Demonstrators in Indiana protesting the religious freedom restoration act

 

Now, most of us can agree that the child has no choice over who its parents are, because if that we so, I think the Bates family would’ve ended up quite differently. That being said, hypothetically, would it be legal for a CPS worker to not take a case of a child living with drug addicted parents because doing drugs is against their religion? Or what if a man was mugged on the street but he was a Satanist? Does the doctor get to choose whether or not to save his life because of his own beliefs? These questions, while the extreme of the situation, seem to allow others to “play God” and contradict many Christian teachings.

Mark 11:25 says “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you for your sins.” Now, never have, nor will I ever, claim to be an expert on interpreting the Bible, or really anything that isn’t a screenshotted text in a group message, this seems to be pretty clear to me. It’s pretty much saying “let he without sin cast the first stone”. None of us are without sin, or so the Bible says. So who are any of these people to decide that the choices of others are sinful, when they continue to sin themselves?

The most frustrating part of the hypocrisy is how easy it seems to come. A business owner can refuse to make the wedding cake for a gay couple, but he deserves understanding when it comes to light that he’s been stealing money. Or showing offense to a religious joke, but participating in pre-marital sex, drugs, pathological lying, and pretty much all of the basic rules of the Bible is somehow reasonable.

I have no negative feelings towards anyone who follow a religious doctrine. I do, however, have nothing but contempt for those who judge others, yet participate in arguably worse things and do so consistently. If the basis of Christianity is to follow only one God and allow him the only judgment, why are his followers doing the exact opposite? Maybe the second coming is headed to Indiana.

  • Libertarian

    In the case of the pediatrician refusing care (if we’re talking about the same case) the child ended up receiving care from another doctor anyway. It’s not as if services withheld by one doctor is going to keep a patient from receiving care from another. As for the gay couple not being able to get a wedding cake from a certain baker – they still got their cake. It just had to come from someone else. In turn the original baker couple cheated his/herself out of a sale by being petty. If some prejudiced human being is willing to stupidly forgo cash, why are others so desperate to force the money into that persons pocket?

    And the bakers suffered plenty. Their business is gone. Eradicated by the “think like us or else” contingent.

    Refusal of services isn’t going to cause gay people to be left out in the cold with nowhere to seek refuge. “Anti-gay” businesses aren’t holding any monopolies. You don’t like the principles of Chick-Fil-A? Fair enough. Just get your chicken sandwich somewhere else. We have options.

    Furthermore, let’s be honest here and put the shoe on the other foot – if a business run by a gay couple decided to withhold services from some good old boy Christians it’s not likely that anyone would bat an eye. The gay couple would likely be lauded for doing so by the same people who shout that discrimination is wrong. And if a gay couple was denied service by a member of a “minority” religion such as Islam (a religion none too fond of homosexuality) – the left wouldn’t make a peep. Liberals – always on the outlook for injustice from evil white Christians. And always looking the other way when the injustice comes from someone else. True hypocrisy.

    But yes, hypocrites run wild in the world. Most people are hypocrites. And since most people identify with one religion or another, most religious people are hypocrites. But I don’t see why you wouldn’t challenge someone’s religious beliefs because you took a World Religion’s class. Religion should always be challenged.