Whidbey News Times’ Executive Director and Publisher, Keven R. Graves wasted no time weighing in on Senate Bill 5927 saying it was “seriously flawed.” http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/opinion/206995691.html
Part of SB5927 is found below and a link to the full bill is provided:
(4) Nothing in this section may burden a person or religious organization’s freedom of religion including, but not limited to, the right of an individual or entity to deny services if providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience. This subsection does not apply to the denial of services to individuals recognized as a protected class under federal law applicable to the state as of the effective date of this section.
The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, philosophical belief, or matter of conscience may not be burdened unless the government proves that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest.
Unfortunately Keven R, Graves talked endlessly about gays and lesbians, and failed to see the bigger picture.
That picture goes something like this.
1. Remember the phrase “No shoes, no shirt, NO Service?” Without SB5927 Harry Anderson, James Bruner, and Carol Anne Peschke can hire Neil Colburn from Clover Patch Café to cater their annual nude fest. Neil Colburn wouldn’t mind.
2. Garrett Newkirk and his comrades can hold a Satanic Worship service at Oak Harbor’s Best Western, and have the concierge get them a goat for the animal sacrifice portion of their ceremony. The concierge wouldn’t mind.
3. Steve Erickson and Marianne Edain can invite 100 of their fellow comrades over to the Crockett Estate for an orgy and have Paula Spina hand out condoms and lubricants. Paula doesn’t mind.
4. Even Keven R. Graves and the other Sound Publishing fish wrappers are in grave danger of being subjected to endless lawsuits over their discriminatory online censorship policies. Keven doesn’t mind.
Naturally any proprietor in the above scenarios would be subject to a lawsuit for refusing to provide the “goods and services” to any lawsuit happy patrons waving the “discrimination’ flag without SB5927.