Not a single person alive today had a hand in writing the Bible. That book was written by people thousands of years ago.
Generally, society is tolerant of people’s religious beliefs (for instance, Muslims or Orthodox Jews shunning pork) as long as those beliefs don’t affect other people. We are also typically understanding of them in that “They didn’t choose those rules, those rules are imposed on them by their religion.”
However - there gets to be a certain overlap whereby genuine, sincere religious beliefs clash with other people. For instance, if someone were to get up on stage today and quote the verse from I Corinthians where it states that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God - such a person would probably be labeled a bigot or homophobic, even though such a person had no hand in writing that Scripture verse (the Bible, again, was written thousands of years ago.)
Or - although the Bible obviously makes no mention of bakeries or wedding cakes - if a Christian baker were to refuse to make a customized wedding cake for a gay wedding, citing his religious beliefs (sincere, genuine beliefs - not fake ones) - he would probably be called a bigot, even though those are genuine religious beliefs based off of reading a holy book he had no hand in writing or creating.
For the sake of keeping the thread simple, let’s assume that all these beliefs are genuinely held, not fake. My question is - is it still bigotry if a person isn’t discriminating against others because of his inward desire to discriminate, but rather, because he is adhering to a religion which, he feels, requires such discrimination? It isn’t his choice, it’s something he feels compelled to do.