The question that needs to be asked is how can you have one set of rules via Government and yet ‘religious organisations and their followers can often continue to discriminate because of their socalled ‘religious views’? It is good to see in this case that the gay couple in question have been remunerated for doing nothing wrong but booking into accommodation. Reigious people need to get out of businesses where their hatreds and bigotry GO AGAINST the laws of the state and Nation.
It’s perfectly possible for them to hold their views, however ill-informed, and run a hotel without discriminating against minorities. I’m sure thousands with similar beliefs do so.
Their discrimination gives the lie to the the claim that these people “love the sinner, but hate the sin”, since they turned them away and broke their contract because of who the guests are.
You’ve addressed your own query. It’s when people operate commercial businesses they must comply with anti-discrimination laws. The defense of “we’re a ministry resort because tithe to our church” is beyond stupid.
The ruling of the BC tribunal is very insightful and accords with the views of the courts in England & Wales re the Bulls Christian B&B in Cornwall.
In this case the BC tribunal saw that the Molnars voluntarily set up a business in their home and “like other business people, were required to comply with the laws of the province, including … quasi-constitutional legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
The tribunal also reasonably stated that “While the business was operated by individuals with sincere religious beliefs respecting same-sex couples, and out of a portion of their personal residence, it was still a commercial activity.”
The B&B has now been closed with no intention of re-opening, so hopefully in this business the unjust discrimination can not recur.
Like the case with the Bulls; I do wonder how the Molnars knew that their customers were going to have sex? They might, they might not – but it is presumptuous to assume one way or
another and is more evidence that religious extremists are obsessed by gay sex (as admitted by the Archbishop of Canterbury).
The implication is that they discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation, which discrimination is considered unchristian by even some very conservative Christians.
What is it with Christians and B@Bs?
Sometimes I think they are waiting for a pregnant virgin on the back of a donkey
to arrive again…
I wonder if the Molnars would have reacted the same way had the couple been women? Was this couple overtly gay or was it assumed that they were gay anyway just because they happened to be two men together? Either way, the decision against them was the right own. Glad they’ve had to shut down.
Although fundies (and general homophobes too) seem to be obsessed and focussed on gay men, I’d guess that this couple who seem so keen to enforce their ‘biblical rules’ would be just as intolerant of gay women. I’ve never been refused a room with my girlfriend in the UK but I have noticed very pointed looks before, and haver sensed a less than welcoming reception sometimes. So being a female couple doesn’t necessarily get you under the radar of those determined to look out for you.
Hmm, clearly the Molnars have been speaking to the Bulls of that hotel in Cornwall.