— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) March 28, 2015
I believe firmly in religious liberty: the right to believe and worship as you wish, provided it doesn’t unreasonably inflict others. I’ll back you all day on that. That doesn’t permit imposing your ideas on others. It doesn’t mean everyone else has to conform to your standards.
I don’t feel the need to debate different versions of Christianity at this moment, because there is a more direct path. I accept that people have deeply held beliefs; we can talk about where we differ on those at another time.
I think the answer is this simple: if you want to be in business, you follow the applicable laws and social norms. As per the tweet above, we’ve already decided that businesses serve all customers (with very limited exceptions for people who are rude, etc.). We have certainly decided we don’t exclude whole categories of people.
You can certainly live your faith through your business choices. I know people who do that brilliantly. However, if your faith’s demands conflict with your legal and social obligations, your choice isn’t to demand society accommodate your particular demands; your option is to quit that business activity. That is absolutely within your liberty. You can still believe and worship as you wish; you just don’t get to impose that on others.