“You know, the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery; it says you need to honor your father and mother. If someone didn’t honor their parents or commit[ed] adultery, would you serve them?” This question was posed by CNN reporter Gary Tuchman to Georgia florist Melissa Jeffcoat, who had previously said she’d refuse to service a homosexual commitment ceremony. When she answered affirmatively and was pressed on why (supposedly) she’d serve adulterers and those dishonoring their parents but not homosexuals, she replied, “It’s just a different kind of sin to me. I just don’t believe in it.”
Tuchman surely thinks himself clever, and he did get the sound bite he wanted. He closed his segment with, “In these flower shops they’re happy to do business with you, but not so much if you tell them you’re gay.” And that was mild compared to Raw Story’s Arturo Garcia, who accused Jeffcoat of “hypocrisy.” It’s all very effective rhetorically, too, but also reflective of the illogical thinking characterizing our modern debates.
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