When the government tries to force businessmen to service affairs they find morally objectionable, their first instinct if they’re principled is defiance. Many have already taken this approach, including upstate New York farmers who face $13,000 in fines for refusing to host faux weddings on their property; and 70-year-old Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, who now faces financial ruin because she refused to provide flowers for a longtime customer’s faux wedding. But while this straightforward refusal to place purse ahead of principle is admirable, is there a better way? Perhaps in this militant-secular time, where Christians again are “sheep in the midst of wolves,” as Jesus said, they should also be “wise as serpents.”
And a little wisdom has come to us from Madison, Wisconsin, priest and blogger Father John Zuhlsdorf, who has outlined a way to completely turn the tables on today’s sexual fascists.
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