Jeb Bush on Religious Based Discrimination

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked about his position on religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. His answer seems to be to try to find a middle ground around "participating" in the wedding or just selling a cake or flowers (in the case of a same sex wedding). 

You can't discriminate based on your faith. Here's the challenge. I'm a person of faith and I respect the fact that you're not. You have protections under the law just as I do.

A big, tolerant nation ought to be able to say, for example... let's take the issue of gay marriage. Which is the issue that came up as it relates to Indiana. If you walk into a bakery and you, and you're gay, and you say "I want to buy that cake." The person whose faith suggests that that is a sin, by law, has to sell that cake.

But if you walked into the same store and said "I want you to participate in my marriage with my companion," you ought to have the right based on religious conscience to say "No." There's a difference. That's what we need sort out.

You cannot discrimination on housing, employment, retail; you can't discriminate. That's how our laws work. And that's the way it should work.

But people of faith ought to be able to act on their faith outside of their churches and outside of their homes. Religious conscience is a first freedom as well. And finding that common ground I think can be done.

A florist needs to sell flowers to a gay couple. But if a florist is asked, "I want you to participate in the arrangements of the wedding" where you're actually participating in something that your conscience does not allow you to do, they should have that protection.

And so this will be sorted out. And I think it's important for people on both sides to not view this as a win, but to create the kind of tolerant country that we want.

I worry more now, frankly, about the loss of religious freedom than I do about the other side of this, but we should be respectful of both.

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  • commented 2016-06-28 07:21:06 -0400
    Religious freedom as Bush sees it is plain discrimination, intolerance of diversity of life, stupid and blind bigotry, blatant ignorance, hiding behind religious fairytales and lies. I don’t think atheists could “meet in the middle” with such idiotic standpoint.