Re: "Are we being forced to ignore our beliefs?" (letter, 4-5).
In matters of commerce, marketable goods and profit it is very clear that we do "render unto Caesar." You can call it Mom and Pop, family-owned or a sole proprietor, but when you sell to the public you are required to hold a state-issued business license. You also have an obligation (in the marketplace) to abide by the anti-discrimination laws your state upholds.
Christian beliefs are not being admonished when shop owners are sued over unfair business practices. The central issue is not "what" you believe but "why" that belief prevents me from making a purchase.
There seems to be a lack of understanding when it comes to the separation of church and state. Even more unsettling is how someone can claim to love and welcome customers, then refuse to serve them by condemning their lives as sacrilegious.
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Sometimes we don't recognize hate speech when we hear it or read it, but "public enshrinement of sin" and "things that are odious" certainly sound hateful and inflammatory when used as an excuse for discrimination.