First, let's get the simple thing out of the way, and clarify my point.
- in·tol·er·ance (inˈtäl(ə)rəns) noun
-unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own.
synonyms: bigotry, narrow-mindedness, small-mindedness, illiberality, parochialism, provincialism; prejudice, bias, partisanship, partiality, discrimination; injustice, inequality
The way I see it, the outrage from the left has absolutely nothing to do with religion; it has to do with discriminatory business practices. The right would have you believe that this is part of a fictitious "war on Christianity," but I'm sure there are plenty of real, "Love thy Neighbor" Christians out there that find this businesses assertions to be reprehensible, and moreover, completely antithetical to the teachings of Christ. And talk about a slippery slope. If you give businesses the right to deny service to a particular group of people based on their religious beliefs, what's next? Discriminatory hiring practices can't be far behind.
Let's face it, there are some weird religions out there. Some of them are actually borne of racism. (See: Christian Identity) Would it be OK for a business owner who belonged to this movement deny service to a black person? An hispanic person? A jewish person? In fairness, though, the Christian Identity cave-dwellers would be more likely to kill these people than to deny them service, but you see the point. Even the Mormon church has a distinctly racist vein running through it. Brigham Young, successor to Joseph Smith- founder of the Mormon church stated in Volume 10 of his Journal of Discourses:
Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.
Matthew 7, Verses 4 and 5
"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."