Kevin Baker, of The Smallest Minority fame, said what many (including me) have been thinking, with regard to this Arizona ‘Right To Refuse Service’ Bill pending in State government.
The liberal media have been painting this as pure bigotry by Christians against Gays. “It’s another black mark against Arizona – we could lose the Super Bowl!”
And, that may be true. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.
I, for one, do not like the government mandating with whom I may or may not do business. Period.
I think the free marketplace will provide a solution. If you don’t like (gays, blacks, women, short people, Republicans, Jews ad infinitum, ad nauseum) FINE. Don’t do business with them.
And see how your profits dry up.
I don’t have a business, but, if I did, I’d choose not to do business with felons, pedophiles and bureaucrats. I know, I’m repeating myself…
But, Kevin says it better:
The function of government should not be to punish people for acting on their fervently held beliefs. It’s function should be to ensure that potential customers are made aware up front who a person, business or legal entity will refuse service to.
They already do that in a tiny way under Arizona Revised Statute §4-229, which states:
A. A person with a permit issued pursuant to section 13-3112 may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on-sale retailer unless the licensee posts a sign that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises. The sign shall conform to the following requirements:
1. Be posted in a conspicuous location accessible to the general public and immediately adjacent to the liquor license posted on the licensed premises.
2. Contain a pictogram that shows a firearm within a red circle and a diagonal red line across the firearm.
3. Contain the words, “no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. section 4-229”
So, the legislature should simply extend this logic to whatever other prejudices there are out there and require signage to advise potential customers where they’re not wanted. Something like this, for instance:
That way everyone will know right up front what kind of bigots they will be dealing with, and can decide for themselves whether or not they want to spend their money there. No hurt feelings, no lawsuits.
PS – The media is all up in arms (figuratively, of course) about conservative Christians. What about those Muslims who not only don’t want to serve gays, but want to KILL THEM? Oh, that’s right. We can’t talk about them, that’s (bigoted, racist, non-inclusive).
Political Correctness IS killing this Nation!
h/t Dawn Daniels