Alliance Defending Freedom (ADL), a nonprofit organization based in Arizona, has published a video of random interviews taken on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In the video, which has now gone viral, students appear to agree that Muslims should not be forced by law to conduct business with Christians. However, the same students hesitated and could not agree that Christians and conservative Americans had the right to refuse to engage in work that violated their belief systems.
Students were first asked if they supported the idea of a clothing designer being able to decline to dress a certain customer, in this case, the example being Sophie Theallet’s decision not to dress First Lady Melania Trump.
Theallet is one of many designers who has said she will not dress the first family, citing personal or political reasons.
Students agreed that the designers should have the right to not dress the first family.
Next, students were asked their opinion on a Muslim singer being asked to perform at a Christian church, and the consensus was that the Muslim should not have to perform for a client if the client is Christian.
One student explained it this way: “Yeah, if that goes against your religious view, I feel you have a right to turn that down.”
Other students went so far as to say that any law which would force a Muslim to engage in work such as performing inside of a Christian church should be abolished.
However, when it came to being asked if a Christian photographer should have the right to refuse to work for a same-sex wedding, students were conflicted.
“For them,” ADL concludes, “it seems that the freedom to live and work according to your beliefs really depends on what you believe.”
Watch the video of interviews below:
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