American 2016 Presidential Election thread part three in Politics and World Events Posted April 30, 2016 No! This perspective is totally warped. No one is saying people who are deeply religious must accept gays. I "accept them not accepting me" as you say. In fact I don't give a shit whether they do or not. But what I won't accept are a bunch of laws passed by southern states under the guise of "religious freedom" that are just thinly veiled attempts to deny equality to gay people. No one is telling anyone what to believe in their church. But they are trying to make it ok for me to be denied services from business owners, therapists and medical professionals simply because if sexual orientation. That's discrimination, plain and simple. Private business owners is a case by case whether or not their actions conflict with federal or state laws but therapists and medical professionals are absolutely free to deny service to clients they are not equipped or inclined to treat, for whatever reason. Not every "counselor" is willing or able to go through the huge amount of effort to learn about the pathology of every disease for a relatively small client base. Even Johns Hopkins university hospital stopped performing sex-reassignment surgery in the 1970's or '80's I believe since producing a 'satisfied' but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for amputating normal organs.Every doctor doesn't treat every ailment, that's why there are specialists. Jim Crow was just the opposite. It prohibited business owners from freely engaging in commerce with whomever they pleased. The current laws may unfortunately be doing more harm than good to faith based organizations in general but they do recognize the freedom to fraternize with whom we please, for good, bad or no reason. Stop trying to force people to associate with others, it's a very weird impulse. It's not only totalitarian, it's pathetic.