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I thought is does not alone in town in religion alongside products plus -- what role has religion -- At this year's London Olympics and those are topics that front and center for the -- panel today.
Joining me from Los Angeles Merriam -- in communications coordinator for the Muslim Public Affairs Council and from Florida rabbi Steve Burke managing director -- -- union orthodox Jewish congregations of America welcome to you both.
Thank you lord thank you are putting us on it's an interesting -- -- -- Neither one of you rappers as evangelical Christian point of view so that you can kind of look at what's going on with yanking out the and -- away.
From a different -- -- dividend and and and -- I wanna start with you what your thoughts.
What's happening with they should -- situation.
-- -- while I agree that every person has a right to their opinion and every consumer and owner has a right to share that opinion and then.
-- the repercussions that come from it.
-- what makes this so sad is that when I saw the pictures from uncheck play appreciation day on Wednesday at -- thousands and thousands of people that cannot support.
Was that why are we -- the Keating a culture of hate and fear why are we propagating this as.
I had a defamation of a group of people a minority -- the people who are not doing anything but trying to pursue an act of love.
And -- what do you think.
I actually industrial America Merriam I don't think that was the case I -- I think they were out to support -- fly I don't think they're out.
To spew hate against against anyone.
I was actually very thrown I think both sides are totally entitled.
To argue -- -- protest and do all that I think I was a little bit thrown up by the politicians got involved different mayors of the different cities and I was really worried you know what is the next step.
When there -- churches and synagogues or even mosques that.
You know it may be opposed to to same sex marriage so are we get it then tell them they can't build.
You know where does is begin and end I was very nervous about the mayors of those cities really getting up and then say all kinds of different things.
Yeah I I didn't get ready to -- go ahead go ahead of him.
If I could just add that I I I see your point that -- unable their work to support six -- -- if you look at the pictures.
A -- there what was being said I mean really was this really about that was really about the issue -- at hand which is out.
Gay marriage and it's -- -- that's what that's what kind of boils down to is that it's kind of unfortunate it's come down to this issue and are missing the point that.
Why are we even hear and see all the -- thousands of people there why aren't we doing something it's taking that energy to more positive -- -- more positive role.
Let me -- -- sound byte from one of the people who came out or appreciation day on Wednesday take a listen.
We believe in freedom of speech and we're very proud for what we standpoint we got -- I.
It's definitely I'm unfair.
It's a bullying tactic apple laid by the made yet.
And finally you know.
-- -- stands -- I don't need.
I ask you mean those are some of the some -- -- from people are so different appreciation day I mean they sound like they're they're just to support.
That opinion about same sex marriage.
No I understand that this it is about him having his right to say what he wants and having an opinion I strongly agree with that.
If you have an opinion you have a right to share it.
If you don't -- -- -- -- don't.
But the same thing goes back to you recently in December when Lowe's pulled advertising from all American -- is that why support companies.
That are putting down another minority group.
But you know I I was out there helping -- -- because tickle it was not putting them down -- said he does not believe in same sex marriage.
And I and and I thought -- bad -- from being against same sex marriage for religious views to saying it's about hate.
Sure I -- -- I think is about -- a couple of the idea that he was.
Actual addresses at earlier in the -- when you let into this.
But he backs and supports organizations.
That are against this kind against gay -- a -- -- actually sold our gay pride.
T shirts and gave -- money to organizations that supported same sex marriage.
-- because -- there's amendment in -- state of Minnesota so how is that different.
Target didn't they sold.
I'm sorry they -- so they're selling game right T shirts in the month of June and they gave an organization that would support the amendment for.
Same sex marriage and -- How important it warrants.
No I'm not talking about -- of the specific idea of this in the and that -- appreciation to those to -- -- appreciation day for media owner and that the company and the ownership can do what they want I.
Totally support that agree with that.
I'm commenting on the idea that we as Americans came out on a day to support the idea yes of freedom of speech.
That's fantastic but what's really behind the from behind those people coming out there.
-- don't -- and that's what we're probably they don't they're not -- like sex marriage many people aren't is that a crime.
Right as I don't think that you -- many there's not a crime but to me the idea is that we need to get past this culture of of creating the other and -- them and putting a minority group down and that's how I mean this is how I see it that -- mean to create cultural love and forgiveness it's a rabbi -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah Lawrence thank you so much.
Look I think what's important here to read a lot of the articles chick filet is not saying that we will not employ gays.
They do not discriminate in the in their establishments.
On the follow on every -- -- reform.
The CEO feels very strongly.
In terms of the definition of marriage and as I said before.
There are many people feel very strong -- that the definition of marriage.
I don't think that this was at all hate I think he's he was expressing his opinion and I think these folks that came out in support and said.
-- this country was built.
By religious people with an understanding that we needed to kind of separate religion church and state to create the -- company but that doesn't mean you get to you know had.
People feel very strongly.
That you should not persecuting us -- you should be very carefully in their treatment etc.
-- in terms of marriage marriage for many many thousands of years has been defined in a certain way.
And they are folks that feel very strongly about this they're not saying that you shouldn't have civilians are not saying that you should discriminate or anything else so I really I have a real problem saying.
That that it I do agree I want to say that I wish we can get these are groups of people.
It's forcibly positive but the bottom line is I think what they're doing here saying there's a restaurant that we like.
And then we also like freedom of speech and the bottom line you have to let them have the expression that that they have -- -- are following the laws I don't think we can talk of.
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