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Dinesh D’Souza posted something on Facebook about the ultimate liberal conundrum: who would liberals defend if a Muslim barber refused to give a haircut to a lesbian customer on the basis of religious beliefs? Indeed, there was a story in 2012 about a Muslim barber who refused to cut the hair of a woman because his faith forbade him from touching a woman who was not a member of his family. While this story did highlight the rift between two competing rights, adding the LGBT agenda kicks it up a notch, don’t you think?
So, who do you think would garner more support in such a showdown?
When I think about my lib friends—of which there are many—I think, if push came to shove, most would back the lesbian. The liberals that I know believe in freedom of religious expression in the same way that they believe in saying “namaste” at the end of their yoga class; they do it because it’s de rigeur, but they don’t actually hold fast to it as a core belief. If forced, I think many liberals’ dislike of organized religion would outweigh their “it’s not wrong, it’s just different” attitude towards Islam. After all, religion is a choice, but LGBT are born that way, right? If that is the thinking of liberals, perhaps not all is lost, as the threat of jihad far exceeds the threat of a street closure for a pride parade.