Denial Of Service: How The Religious Right Justifies Its Double Standard

During last night’s “Truth & Liberty” webcast, Richard Harris, who oversees the School of Practical Government at Andrew Wommack’s Charis Bible College, weighed in on the controversy over a Virginia restaurant owner asking White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her establishment last weekend.

Responding to question from a viewer who wanted to know why it was okay for a Christian baker to refuse to provide a cake to a same-sex couple but not okay for a restaurant owner to deny service to Sanders, Harris insisted that the former was permissible while the latter was not because the restaurant owner was not “standing up for their own conscience.”

“Sarah Sanders was not refused service because the owner’s conscience was violated,” Harris insisted. “Sarah Sanders was refused service because they didn’t like what she believed.”

Harris said that in case of a Christian business owner, they have the right to refuse to participate in an act that they believe to be “morally wrong,” but that standard does not apply to the case involving Sanders.

“Sarah Sanders didn’t ask them to do anything, moral or immoral,” Harris insisted. “So they were rejecting her because of what she believed. They weren’t standing up for their own conscience.”

This is precisely the sort of keen analysis that one would expect from a school established by right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton.