Erick Erickson says businesses are “aiding and abetting” sin when serving gay couples

The Fox News pundit is mad at Kirsten Powers because she doesn't support anti-gay Jim Crow laws

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Erick Erickson says businesses are "aiding and abetting" sin when serving gay couples Erick Erickson (Credit: Fox News)

Stridently homophobic right-wing pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is scrapping with a fellow member of the Fox News universe again — and this time, it’s theological.

As flagged by Luke Brinker of Media Matters, Erickson engaged in a Twitter back-and-forth with Kirsten Powers over her recent USA Today column criticizing Kansas Republicans for nearly passing a bill that would make it legal for private and public sector workers to refuse to provide services to those they suspected of being gay.

Powers is an evangelical Christian, but nevertheless felt the Kansas proposal (which is being copied by Republican lawmakers throughout the country) was a mistake and would amount to a new, anti-gay form of Jim Crow. As part of her argument, Powers notes that Christians work with people they consider sinners all the time, including serving “unrepentant murders through prison ministry.”



Erickson wasn’t having any of it, telling Powers over Twitter that she was mistaken and that any business owner who decided to refuse services to those involved in a same-sex wedding or marriage were actually abstaining from “aiding and abetting” sin. Here’s a screen-grab of their conversation, via Brinker:

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Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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