Ms. Davis stood by her religious convictions to the point where she was jailed for not carrying out the duties of her office. Once released, she requested an “accommodation” from the State and County, saying she could live with her office processing same-sex marriage requests if her signature was removed from the paperwork. Once again the Left roared and called for her head. How dare she allow her Christian faith to get in the way of carrying out her elected duties? At this point we might remember that issuing licenses to same-sex couples was not among her duties at the time Ms. Davis decided to seek her post. She was confronted with the conflict after the fact.
Up till now, it should be clear that the Left has acted consistently and predictably—right? If you answered “yes,” you just might want to hold up a minute and hear another story. In fact, I think that once you hear it, you will realize that today we are living in a very hypocritical society wherein the Left seems to want its way—and only its way—regardless of the circumstances.
Express Jet is an Atlanta, Georgia-based airline. Like all airlines, the company employs a number of pilots and flight attendants to conduct the daily flights and ensure passenger safety and comfort throughout the journey. As part of their duties, flight attendants are required to serve food and drinks—in some cases alcoholic beverages. Three years ago, Charee Stanley was employed by Express Jet as a flight attendant. Recently, Ms. Stanley decided to embrace the Muslim faith. At the time, she knew that her new-found religion forbid her personal imbibing, but she was wholly unaware that it also forbids women from serving alcohol. Once Ms. Stanley became aware of this restriction, she went to the airline and requested an “accommodation” for her faith. Express Jet initially granted one until it began to affect other employees of the airline.
The accommodation was simple enough: Ms. Stanley’s colleagues would take over the task of serving alcohol. This worked for a time until another flight attendant balked at the imposition and filed a formal complaint with the Express Jet. At that point, Express Jet removed the “accommodation” and Ms. Stanley was asked to do the assigned duties of her job. When she again refused on religious grounds, she was suspended. At this point an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stepped in and began litigation against the airline based on religious discrimination. The attorney claimed that the complaint filed by the other flight attendant was based on Islamophobia, which is simply another way of saying “racist”—oh yes, the old race card hits the table once more.
In this instance, the Left ran to the side of Ms. Stanley and demanded that she be “accommodated,” chiding the airline for treating her in such a discriminatory fashion. When it was pointed out that they were on the opposite side of that coin vis à vis Kim Davis, the rationale for their stance was that Ms. Davis was an elected government official and therefore her religious objections could not be used as a defense. Since Ms. Stanley worked for the private sector, her religious rights must be observed. Are you starting to feel a bit of schizophrenia yet? Would it not be interesting to see how this tune might have played out had flight attendant Stanley been of the Christian faith instead?
As much as Ms. Davis and Ms. Stanley appear to have in common, their stories are at opposite ends of the pole. Ms. Davis is standing on her beliefs as a Christian and no one on the Left gives a damn. In fact, they are laughing at her for even possessing such backward-looking beliefs. On the other hand, Ms. Stanley is citing the tenets of her new-found Muslim faith and there is a collective growl of protest by the Left, who are awed that an airline could be so unbending on the issue of religion. As much as religion is the centerpiece of both stories, the arguments of the Liberal mind are neither predictable nor consistent. If that statement confuses you, then let me simply say the Left has concluded that Ms. Davis is a scumbag while Ms. Stanley is a hero. That should clear up any confusion you might have.
Although President Obama wishes to downplay the fact, this nation has its origins in the Christian faith and our founding doctrines set forth the right to practice those Christian beliefs freely. Freedom from religious persecution is woven throughout our history as a nation—at least until recently. Today we have a nation that is being run by apologists who walk around on egg shells afraid that they might offend someone of another religion or race. In doing so, they grant them the keys to the kingdom with all rights and benefits while thumbing their nose at the Christian faith. In some ways, it is so typical of the Left. They are so overly concerned with showing their outward, symbolic caring for everything and making sure that you and everyone else see it. That all sounds rather harmless until it goes too far.
“What is too far?” you ask. Too far is the point at which an “accommodation” begins to have unintended and in some cases ridiculous consequences in the real world . For example, if you owned a bar and advertised for a bartender, on what grounds could you turn down a Muslim applicant and not be in peril of being sued for religious discrimination? That is too far. And sadly, too far is just about where we are today.
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