I always enjoy local press coverage that features state representatives of national Religious Right groups because the local leaders tend to be a far more open about their motivations and biases.
Case in point is this article about efforts to gather signatures in support of a proposed “Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance barring discrimination against LGBT folks in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations” that would be the first of its kind in Montana.
Of course, the head of the state chapter of Concerned Women for America opposes it, because if it passes “homosexuals … will go after people of faith” and “some guy dressed in a dress” would be able to dine at her “swanky restaurant,” if she owned one:
One group has come out in opposition to the Missoula ordinance. Concerned Women for America of Montana state director Patti Kanduch said such legislation will hurt religious business owners who don’t want to serve people who are gay or lesbian.
“These homosexuals, once they get this passed, they will go after people of faith whether it’s Muslims, Christians, Jews,” Kanduch said.
Many churches, such as the University Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Missoula, embrace LGBT folks. But Kanduch said she doesn’t believe members of the LGBT community worship alongside her.
“If they are, then they’re being disobedient to God,” Kanduch said.
The Concerned Women is a national group that professes family values and religious liberty. Kanduch said it counts 1,200 to 1,500 members in Montana. She does not believe only a few people hold the group’s views.
“Oh, no, no, no. We’re in the majority, people who are against homosexuality,” Kanduch said.
She said religious business owners have won battles in court but lost a lot of money in the fight.
She offered an example of someone she would want to keep out of a business.
“If I had a swanky restaurant, I wouldn’t want some guy dressed in a dress just because he wanted to dress that way. I should have a right to say, ‘No. That isn’t what I want,’ ” Kanduch said. “I want a man that’s a man and a woman that’s a woman. But you know what? There’s other restaurants that wouldn’t mind.”