STAND: Teaching our children to logically evaluate the news

I was driving in the car today, listening to a news radio program “The Takeaway.” One of the reports was over a bill in AZ that their “state legislature passed… that grants business owners the right to cite religious liberty in refusing to serve gay customers.” The woman being interviewed was a wedding planner and cake designer, Angela Saban. Mrs. Saban discussed how she thinks that it would be a mistake for this bill to be signed into law and hopes the governor will veto the bill.

The primary argument seemed to be over how the law would affect her income stream.

How, I would ask, will the law negatively impact her income stream? If she has no problem serving same-sex couples customers, won’t it only serve to direct business to her? If I understood correctly, the law in no way inhibits cakes from being made or sold to those who are being married, regardless of sexual orientation.

The whole program’s argument seemed pretty illogical and certainly biased. If Arizona is a destination place for gay marriages, why would anyone who is pro-same-sex marriage concern themselves with those who are saying, “We choose not to serve gay couples,” particularly when it will only serve to increase their business?

As mothers and nurturers of children, we must help our children to evaluate news reports logically and thoroughly. We have to help our children to ask, “What is the heart of the matter? Are their any flaws in the argument? Who are these people trying to persuade and why? Is the argument logical? And how does this argument jive with constitutional law and the purposes for which this country was founded?”

One of the flaws in news reports today that I hear often is that somehow those who want to protect religious liberty are being judgmental or not loving as Christ taught. That is completely illogical. I can be both loving (kind, polite, generous, forgiving, compassionate, respectful, etc.) to someone who has a different sexual orientation than I while standing up for my religious beliefs. Those behaviors are not mutually exclusive. I would say that it is often that we see the reverse is untrue, such as was demonstrated in this news report today. Doesn’t it smack of judgment to say that you are not judging a gay person while saying that a person who wants to protect their religious liberty is being mean and judgmental?


Happy Evaluating,

Liz 🙂



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