Jacology: St. Louis County’s Anti-Discrimination Ban

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(KPLR) – In Wednesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco questions why some people want to be exempt from the newest addition to St. Louis County's anti-discrimination ban.

The St. Louis County Council has passed a new law outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or being transgendered. Which seems pretty straightforward. But all sorts of people raised all sorts of objections based on what they called religious freedom of conscience. They say since they can't discriminate, they're the ones being discriminated against.

Of course this isn’t the first time we've heard this sort of stuff. Many religious folks have objected to the new health care law that requires contraception coverage to be offered in an employer's health insurance plans. Remember, we're not talking about abortion. We're talking contraception.

The people objecting to coverage for IUD's or birth control pills object because they say contraception violates their religious beliefs. Which is odd, since Catholics are the only ones I know of who object to birth control. So because their particular religious denomination objects to contraception, they want to deny it to any of their employees as part of a health insurance policy.

Now, many of these same types say they should be exempted from obeying this anti-discrimination law, because their religious beliefs teach them that homosexuality is wrong. As I recall, the Mormon Church used to discriminate against African-Americans claiming they carried, quote “The Mark Of Cain”. Other religious groups, from Southern Baptists to Missouri Synod Lutherans at one time felt more or less the same way.

They got over not liking black folks. And one assumes their descendents will sooner or later get over not liking gays.  But for now, they claim that not being allowed to discriminate against gays discriminates against them.  Make sense?

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.