Cab drivers in Cleveland, Ohio are refusing to drive cabs topped with ads for the upcoming Gay Games citing religious objections.
The Gay Games are modeled after the Olympic games and “are based on three principles: participation, inclusion and personal best.”
Gay Games organizers are surprised by the protest “What’s surprising is that the Gay Games are about inclusion” and “are open to everybody. This is about inclusiveness on sporting fields and welcoming people as they are.”
Personally, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of this happening. Gay Games organizers may want to include everyone in their event, but not everyone wants to be included. What’s really surprising is that that is so surprising to them!
These cab drivers are not objecting because they felt left out. They object because it goes against their personally held belief system. Their scripture teaches against it. They aren’t saying that you can’t hold the event, go to the event, or be in the event. They are simply saying that they cannot be a part of promoting it. And they are willing to lose their livelihood standing up for their principle convictions.
Thank God we still have religious freedom in this country.
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