A thought experiment on the “gender discrimination” slogan

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The ball is on the court of the gender debate. To be more specific, it is on the issue of gender equality. On one hand, that’s the pressure. When the word equality is being used, the issue is more likely to be controversial. But on the other hand, who can blame anyone? Especially when the same word is accompanied by a repugnant word – discrimination – then you will know that there’s a lot of things that has been going on. Moreover, in loathing to be offended, time and effort are frantically being spent.

For instance, when the couple Aaron and Melissa Klein stood for their conviction and refused to consent and provide a cake for a lesbian wedding, their story of “bigotry” for following their Christian faith required them to pay the high price. That is, by paying $135,000 to the lesbian couple! And the reason why? They have caused an emotional suffering to the lesbian couple by their resistance.[1] Another one is when the T-shirt printer owner Blane Adamson refused to print T-shirts for the gay pride festival (because the messages on it will be against his religious beliefs), in result the LGBT organization, being accompanied by a human rights commission, also responded to his bigotry by filing a discrimination complaint. Although he “offered to connect the [Gay and Lesbian Services Organization] to another printer who would create the shirts for the same price that he would have charged,” but that didn’t wear off their opposition.[2]

A Thought Experiment

But what if – just what if – the opposite happened? Can we still measure it with the same standard? If not, why not?

Okay, let’s have a thought-experiment.

Suppose it was the lesbian couple who owned the cake shop, while Aaron and Melissa were (as they are) the Christian couple who eagerly anticipate their wedding and requested for a cake (i.e., a cake that has an inscription in favor of natural marriage and denounces a type of a different kind) from the same shop, would the lesbian couple have the right to stand for their beliefs and refuse to offer the service? Or are they also going to pay the price for causing an emotional suffering to Aaron and Melissa by their resistance? That is, will Aaron and Melissa have the right to acquire the cake, regardless of the message that offends the lesbian couple? Would the lesbian couple be also accused of bigotry? What about of discrimination and hate?

Suppose it was the self-identified gays who owned the T-shirt printing shop, while Blane Adamson being a person devoted to his beliefs requested to have T-shirts printed (for his small group), having inscriptions of verses on it that condemns any type of sin, including the practice of homosexuality, while simultaneously countering it with the atoning message of the cross. Would the self-identified gays have the right to stand for their beliefs and refuse to offer the service? Or are they also going to face the consequence of being filed with a discrimination complaint? That is, will Adamson have the right to acquire the printed shirts, regardless of the message that offends the owners of the shop? Would the owners be also accused of bigotry? What about hate?

What if both took place? Can we still measure it with the same standard? If not, why not?

For now, that’s something we have to think about!

Next week, let’s allow this piece to have a sequel. We will ask whether there’s a difference between the acts of the Klien’s and Adamson who refused to give service to the people whom they disagree with their religious beliefs, to a Christian doctor who is expected to aid a woman whom he knows will prostitute herself after. And if there’s a difference, what it is.

‘Till again!

[1] Todd Starnes, “Christian bakers face $135K fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding,” April 26, 2015. Available at https://nypost.com/2015/04/26/christian-bakers-face-135k-fine-for-refusing-to-make-cake-for-gay-wedding/.

[2] Leah Jessen, “This Small Business Owner Didn’t Want to Make Shirts for Gay Pride Festival. Now He’s in Court,” The Daily Signal, Dec. 14, 2016. Available at http://dailysignal.com/2016/12/14/this-small-business-owner-didnt-want-to-make-shirts-for-gay-pride-festival-now-hes-in-court/.