A church has every right to use their property as they see fit: the First Amendment applies. However, if the church is going to open their property for rental, I can’t see why it wouldn’t be open to everyone, regardless of THEIR beliefs. Yet, there is no specific Constitutional provision that says you have to subordinate your personal property to something you don’t agree with. This, of course, doesn’t apply to the EPA who destroy people’s personal property rights and piss on the Constitution on a daily basis…but I digress.
Here’s the most appalling thing you’ll hear me say today: people must be allowed to discriminate in a free society. There is good discrimination and bad discrimination. What is good or bad is a PERSONAL decision. I know people who believe black people are inferior. OK…IMHO I think they’re morons but they have every RIGHT to their own thoughts.
Just like any given liberal idiot would not want to spend even one minute with me, I likewise could do without their brand of MORON for any span of time. These are things you can’t legislate without deleting the rights of someone, so DON’T FLIPPIN’ DO IT!
In this case, two things should have happened:
- The couple should have found another spot to have their civil ceremony.
- The church should’ve taken their property off the market or made it a ‘Catholic-Only’ facility.
When two parties both have rights in an argument, I say it’s best for all concerned to not try and mix oil and water or by ‘cutting the baby in half’. If it were my property and they were doing something on it that violated any of my rights under the Constitution, I’d have told them to EFF off.
Both sides lose a little, but retain their dignity and most importantly, their basic rights. However, in this world of “I’m right and you’re wrong and I want to rub your nose in it!”, the tendency is to fight for your rights – as you perceive them – and screw the other person’s rights.