X Religion (reverence) precludes one from renting hotel rooms to gays, sign marriage certificates and all the way down to the sublimity of selling a cake. A cake! Despite the fact that the seller is licensed and regulated by state and municipal governments. The same authorities that honor laws that support various freedoms and protections. This is in the sphere of commerce.
Some might argue that commerce is a part of life and is rightly governed by the religious commands; that not only those mandates, but their personal choices and freedom of association are impinged upon. Fair enough, I respect individuals’ choices. Even that made by a pharmacy clerk, not to sell women pregnancy prevention pills.
I could take the third and easy position within what many believe to be very important issues. That is to say, it’s not worth the hassle, just go to the competing business, thereby helping the other to get off the block. I am heterosexual, married, worked comfortably in businesses where the majority of employees were gay. Why should I give a hoot?
Here’s why I keep an open blog and open mind. My first responsibility as it relates to the other people’s ethical conundrums is that I am human. I am a citizen. The second reason is that religions, like bureaucracies and governments, always extend and expand. The dogma always evolving and elusive. It is just the basic nature of institutions, so to do.
I could go on questioning their clashing inconsistencies. That would bore both of us. So permit me this one example of what I think is a moral blindspot so big that it obscures and tests our agendas and commitment to be ethically and morally consistent.
When newly elected State Attorney Aramis Ayala informed Florida Governor Rick Scott who took the fifth over five dozen times, that she will not be seeking the death penalty in the homicide cases under her charge, he was beyond control. He took away her cases and gave them to another attorney perceived to be unencumbered by the triviality of capital punishment, especially as practiced in the United States. Republican lawmakers gathered for a special session, the purpose of examining and ensuring that the killing process remains at work efficiently.
We see a profound level of disinterest when it comes to capital punishment. Still waiting for a judge, a doctor, a recent governor, an executioner to refuse to carry out his unholy duty. They all are complicit in a system that is so corrupt, so unjust, I daresay so criminally dysfunctional, that with very limited resources, the Innocence Project is able to rescue wrongly convicted, especially Black men, at the rate of one every three weeks. They estimate that one in ten inmates on death row were not even remotely connected to the crimes they were about to be killed for. Statistically, governors are blithely signing death warrants to execute innocent people, the rationale I presume to be, shoring up a defense of the usual “soft on crime” political attacks. How sick are these people? How indifferent our electorate?
So, please America, lets debate again the issues of the blinking cake or the pill.