…Whether it’s a for-profit, not-for-profit, religious entity, business, or private individual. The argument that the Hitching Post in Cd’A is or is not a religious entity is irrelevant!
Coercing a business or individual, regardless of how they are ‘registered’ with the state, into conducting a business transaction or entering into a contract which the person or party feels is a violation of his or her religious convictions is not only wrong, it’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Which makes it ILLEGAL!
The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho city ordinance is blatantly illegal and must be stopped.
Would they force a Muslim caterer to serve pork or face heavy fines and jail? Of course not!
This unconstitutional ordinance must be repealed!
If you don’t live in Coeur d’Alene and you think this doesn’t affect you, this is coming to your town! Immorality allowed to thrive in one place will only grow like a cancer until it’s host is [spiritually] dead.
Exemption for religious non-profit businesses is unacceptable. The constitution doesn’t protect ‘religious non-profit’ corporations. It protects ALL CITIZENS!
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Section 4. Guaranty of religious liberty. The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, or excuse acts of licentiousness or justify polygamous or other pernicious practices, inconsistent with morality or the peace or safety of the state; nor to permit any person, organization, or association to directly or indirectly aid or abet, counsel or advise any person to commit the crime of bigamy or polygamy, or any other crime. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination, or pay tithes against his consent; nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. Bigamy and polygamy are forever prohibited in the state, and the legislature shall provide by law for the punishment of such crimes.