Sunday, January 23, 2011

Second-Class Citizens

Elton John, whose many fans have purchased over 250 million copies of his records, and whose personal net worth is hundreds of millions of dollars, says he feels like a "second class citizen."

My heart bleeds.

His despondency, he says, is a result of Californians voting to amend the state constitution to retain the definition of "marriage" that conforms to God's definition -- one that has existed for thousands of years -- a relationship between a man and a woman.

This critic of California law is actually a British citizen.

His fellow Brits, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, are Christians who own a bed and breakfast hotel in the U.K. They have a few fans, but not quite as many as Sir Elton.

A homosexual couple recently asked to share a bed in Peter and Hazelmary's B&B. Believing this to be a violation of Leviticus 18:22, they refused to serve the homosexuals. According to the Daily Mail, "They operate a strict policy which only allows married heterosexual couples to share rooms at their B&B in Cornwall."

Naturally, the homosexual couple sought to use the institutionalized violence of the state to enslave the Bulls (by forcing them to serve the homosexuals against their will), or to confiscate their property.

Naturally, the judge ruled in favor of the homosexuals and against the Christians.

Their attorney said, "This guesthouse is Mr. and Mrs. Bull's own home."

"My heart bleeds," the judge said in effect.

The judge explicitly acknowledged the fact that the Bulls would be forced to act against conscience in order to comply with the ruling.

So who, exactly, is a "second class citizen?"

U.K. Commentary: Yes, gays have often been the victims of prejudice. But they now risk becoming the new McCarthyites - Mail Online

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