"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
There will be some smaller businesses, particularly in small towns that may benefit economically by acting as bigots. Large corporations with diverse employee roles and located in mostly urban areas see the various minority communities as customers they don't wish to offend.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
gee, another waste of tax $ as scotus will have to slap this stupid crap down.
That would seem to be saying that the threat of such behavior is extremely small.There will be some smaller businesses, particularly in small towns that may benefit economically by acting as bigots. Large corporations with diverse employee roles and located in mostly urban areas see the various minority communities as customers they don't wish to offend.
Last edited by Henrin; 03-29-15 at 02:52 PM.
I may be worse than the most evil liberal, as an atheist social democrat, but I think legal protection from unlawful discrimination is totally acceptable but there have to be limitations.
For example, in the Netherlands there are very strict catholic and very strict protestant schools. I think it is perfectly reasonable for them to not hire a flaming homosexual atheist married to another man who is a heavily tattooed butch man in women's clothes. A school should be allowed to hire someone that fits with the rules and regulations/code of conduct of that school.
But when a halal Muslim butcher/green grocer refuses to serve an ultra orthodox Jew then that should be prohibited. Or a supermarket refusing someone because they are gay (and for no other reason whatsoever). That kind of discrimination should be forbidden. But people should not try to be extremist about their views. Reason should be the norm and if there is a conflict one should let a judge decide or bring it to the appropriate authorities and they will sort it out.
It is a sad thing when the boy scouts have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to not have openly gay troop leaders in their organisation. Where I would applaud them if they would choose to do that, they should not be forced to do so if that goes against the rules of that organisation.
But that does not mean that companies should have that same right (except under very specific exceptions). For example, one of those exceptions should be that if you are a bible shop you should have the right to not hire an atheist but if that atheist wants to buy a bible in that shop, that shop should not be allowed to deny selling him a bible based on him being an atheist.
I might be liberal, but the non-discrimination laws should not be absolute. Sometimes companies should have the right to not hire specific people if that totally clashes with their core values or practices.
the First Amendment gives everyone “the right to be very critical of a Petty, handicapped mocking, unbalanced, whiny so-called President and criticize him strongly.”