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Comment: Re:Different conceptions of harm? (Score 1) 602

I don't think any rational person assumes ...

I disagree. I think that some rational persons, in particular many religious persons, consider themselves accountable to God for all symbolic activity in which they engage.

This view is supported in the New Testament in 2 Corinthians 5:20, which calls Christians to be ambassadors for Christ. Engaging in a form of symbolism is an act of speech.

The Old Testament / Hebrew bible is full of strictures against engaging in symbolic support of claims that the Lord is not in charge of everything and worthy of exclusive worship.

Thought experiments involving role-reversal are useful for everyone in this kind of discussion. Would you consider it okay for the law to compel a Muslim-owned advertising company to write "Islam is wrong. Mohamed was a militant con artist" all over a city's billboards? If not, why not?

Or would be okay, on your view, to force a Jewish-owned movie-making company to produce and promote a movie claiming that the Jews had it coming in the Holocaust, if it could somehow be shown in court that the submitted script was a guaranteed money-maker for them?

My contention is that some Christians consider writing messages counter to their theology to be objectionable in the same way. And that the very debate about whether or not it's sufficiently a matter of compelled religious speech is itself a question whose answer depends on one's religious viewpoint.

Comment: Re:Different conceptions of harm? (Score 1) 602

Encouraging them in their sinful behavior. A gay wedding is a celebration, which I take as an affirmation that the thing being celebrated is good and worth of encouragement.

On some Christians' view, that's like having a celebration of giving a 6 year old a loaded gun. It puts them and those around them at heightened risk of death.

Comment: Re:Tangible harm trumps imagined harm (Score 2) 602

Exactly how is a religious person being harmed here?

If you assume that their religious view is false (which is a judgment the government is not supposed to make), then I'd say the religious person is being harmed in precisely the same manner as that of a gay person who can't get his/her cake decorated with a certain message: it's simply a matter of hurt feelings.

If a religious person's view is true, then you're forcing them to have an alienated relationship with God (the Christian view), or by apostate (I think a Muslim view, but I could be wrong), and at a heightened risk of eternal damnation.

A religious person's imaginary rules for themselves are not and never should become my problem.

A religious person could argue that an atheist's imaginary world view should not be his problem either. My point in saying that I can't see how to have a clear separation of church and state in cases like this. Secularists win and religious persons lose, or vice versa, as far as I can tell.

Comment: Re:Different conceptions of harm? (Score 2) 602

There is absolutely no reason to treat these law abiding citizens as second class citizens in places of business.

I think you're perhaps missing part of my point.

I agree entirely that there are downsides to allowing business owners to make such distinctions. The point about black Americans is very valid.

But my point was that your dismissing a certain notion of harm, as perceived by religious persons. They consider themselves to be held accountable to God for their choices.

You're correctly arguing that gay people suffer a certain kind of harm by a business refusing to do a certain kind of business on their behalf. I'm saying that you're dismissing the harm done to religious persons by demanding them to violate their consciences and/or their obedience to God (on their view).

Comment: Different conceptions of harm? (Score 1, Insightful) 602

I think something irreligious non-libertarians miss in these discussions is the notion of harm.

I'm guessing that they see clear harm to a gay person in having a business refuse to perform a particular service for them.

But they see no harm in forcing a religious person to choose between being faithful to God and making their living.

In reality, gay people can usually find another place to get a cake decorated, and religious people can actually write the requested message on a cake. But irreligious people are making the value judgment that the former is less tolerable than the latter.

As far as I can tell, that prioritization is itself a religious judgment. It's saying that it's more wrong to refuse to blaspheme, than to blaspheme. That strikes me as very much an Enlightenment era notion of morality.

Comment: Re:Oh goody (Score 1, Interesting) 328

by DoofusOfDeath (#49365855) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

Maybe she can fire Congress and fill their positions with H1Bs. Not like they can do any worse.

Wait until the SCOTUS tells states that immigration enforcement is a federal matter, and that states therefore cannot prevent illegal immigrants from voting or holding elected office. That's basically your joke come true.

Comment: Re:The dumbest thing (Score 1) 515

by DoofusOfDeath (#49329829) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

We have established that there is a gender imbalance issue in the workplace.

Are you sure of that? What exactly to we mean by a "balanced" gender mix? The same ratio as found in well-qualified programmers world-wide? Or the same ratio as found in the well-qualified applicants? Or the same ration as in CS graduates from appropriate-tier schools? Or the same ratio as found in well-qualified programmers within a reasonable commute?

Comment: Re:Out of respect for Dice's agenda, let me ask... (Score 1) 109

by DoofusOfDeath (#49304785) Attached to: The Stolen Credit For What Makes Up the Sun

She made an important scientific breakthrough.

In my opinion, thats very sexy. 10/10, five stars.

Really? It think of sexy and scientifically-productive as kind of orthogonal qualities. Case in point: Marie Curie was undeniably brilliant, but I wouldn't have much of an urge to sleep with her.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.