Do Business Owners Have the Right to Religious Freedom?

Question: Should a business owner be forced to do something that is against their religion?

Case in point are the owners of TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast in Illinois.  A gay couple asked if the B&B would allow them to hold their civil union on the premises.  The owners refused because of their Christian faith.

Illinois law allows for civil unions, but not same-sex marriages.  TimberCreek B&B does make their facility available for marriages, but have said that they do not accept requests for civil unions, whether they are same-sex or opposite sex couples.

The two men requesting the civil union ceremony have filed a complaint with the Illinois State Human Rights Commission against the B&B, claiming their civil rights are being violated.

In defense of the B&B, Bryan Beauman from the Alliance Defense Fund pointed out, “Constitutional, state law guarantees religious freedom for every American, including business owners, and that applies to owners of TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast.  These complaints ignore those basic fundamental freedoms and they’re just further examples of the threat that the homosexual legal agenda poses to every American’s basic rights.”

This is yet another example where homosexuals want privileges above and beyond what the average straight citizen has.  They want to be able to throw their sinful lifestyles in the face others, especially Christians.  They are not about equality, but superiority.  And sadly, courts and human rights commissions have a strong tendency to rule in the favor of homosexuals and trampling on the rights of Christians and other Americans.

If the Illinois Human Rights Commission rules in favor of the gay couple, this will have serious ramifications for Christians nationwide.