Could Religious Beliefs Get You Banned from Public Office? Apparently in San Antonio
And we are disappointed to hear this, we like the Spurs!
The Family Policy Institute of Washington, who have been strong supporters of Arlene's Flowers owner Baronelle Stutzman, have uncovered a disturbing proposal being considered across the country.
In an informational piece entitled "Christians Need Not Apply" that was released Thursday, the Institute speaks of how over the last few decades, a slow, gradual war has been waged against those who've chosen to live their lives based upon their religious beliefs.
The Institute compares this attack to the Cold War that existed for 44 years between the U.S. and Soviet Union. The piece says:
"Something similar has been happening culturally in the war on religious freedom. For years the war has been undeclared and the damage to religious freedom has generally been classified as friendly fire. "I wasn't shooting at you, I was trying to shoot hate and intolerance; so sorry about that."
The victims have been numerous. Here in Washington State, a florist is fighting for her business in the face of two separate lawsuits that arose from her decision not to provide floral services for the wedding ceremony of long-time gay customers."
Now comes the word that a U.S. city is actually declaring open "war" on religious or theological-based people who may consider running for public office. The City of San Antonio is in the process of adopting the following resolution:
"No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability."
The Institute points out the city considers actions such as those taken by dozens of churches, religious groups, and small business owners such as Stutzman to be discriminatory. They point out that even agnostics have biases, in that they don't believe in God.
They go on to say, either way, be prepared, as this is not longer a Cold War. Chances are, ordinances like this set precedence, so don't be surprised if this spreads to many other communities across America.