Saturday, October 25, 2014

Clay and potter

Same-sex marriage is compulsory at for-profit wedding venues in Idaho. Commerce is no place for morality, so it goes. Nicholas Freiling writes at the Ludwig von Mises Institute:

While the religious freedom perspective on this dispute is probably better for the chapel’s public relations, this issue is just as much economic as religious. Without the specious concept of “public accommodation,” disputes like this wouldn’t arise. Only because this category is accepted in the first place can the courts find justification for forcing vendors to service the demands of customers in ways that defy their religious convictions.

Public accommodation was introduced in the deeply flawed 1964 Civil Rights Act. The right to dispense with one’s own property yields to the “right” to lease someone else’s property.

Arizona went through this rigmarole earlier in the year. You can’t discriminate with your property for any reason, even if the patron is acting in a way you don’t like. Giving the property owner that kind of discretion is going to be messy sometimes because people aren’t perfect, but it respects their inalienable rights and allows the civil society to police itself.

Under the new determinism, people have no self-control. All their desires and actions were coded into them at birth; therefore, whatever they will is constitutionally protected under the auspices of equality.

They are not imbued with godly natures distinct from their earthly bodies. They are material products of the random evolution of atoms and energy. This sets up a Nietzschean war of wills to avoid being crushed, the clay assuming the potter’s chair.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭45‬:‭9‬)

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