The Jewish owned bakery can refuse to make a Adolph Hitler birthday cakes.
The Jewish owned bakery has to make Adolph Hitler birthday cakes.
The black hardware store owner can refuse to sell 4x4 lumber and gas cans to the KKK
The black hardware store owner has to sell 4x4 lumber and gas cans to the KKK
The pro-choice owned print shop can refuse to make pro-life pamphlets
The pro-choice owned print shop has to make pro-life pamphlets
The anti-2nd amendment owned convention center can refuse to rent space to the NRA
The anti-2nd amendment owned convention center has to rent space to the NRA.
A christian,Jewsih or Muslim owned restaurant can refuse to cater a gay wedding
A Christian,Jewish or Muslim owned restaurant has to cater a gay wedding.
How about a real example where a hooker decides she doesn't want to do black people.
It doesn't get more personal or discriminatory than that.
"Your rights end where my nose begins."
Problem is, sometimes one's rights and another's nose overlap. Which takes precedence then, the rights or the nose?
Huntsman / Kasich 2020
Then: "Any child can grow up to be President."
Now: "Any child can be President."
The problem stems from some people's religions wanting to attack people based on their identity.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I would quickly allow a refusal on the black owner / KKK kustomer example as well if the klansmen directly told the owner that the gas can and lumber was for as cross burning "ceremony", or if he showed up in a KKK t-shirt or kustomized kkk "regalia".
But... a KKK member or a gay simply wanting to buy lumber or cake mix and not telling the owner what it is for? I would say the business is obligated to serve them unless they can show a negative business impact. Maybe, KKK customer later boasted on his Face Book page where he bought the stuff from, and what he used it for.
Customer: "Hey Soul Food owner, I want you to cater my rollicking red neck party (we love ribs). You are going to love the "Bow Hunt'in 'BO game we have planned"
Soul Food Owner: Wow, I"ll call you back some time later....
Customer: Hey, you never called back
Soul Food Owner: Guess I forgot- probably make me pretty unreliable huh?
Last edited by Cryptic; 04-07-15 at 10:51 AM.
Oh. Wait.... It turns out that in fact, legally, businesses are indeed people, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly and recently reinforced this doctrine.
Seriously. The argument that "No no no, small business owners aren't people, so it's okay if we trample their rights" argument is one of the weaker items I've seen brought to bear. You'd be better off shifting to the "everyone who doesn't agree with me is secretly racist" argument.
Worth noting, Democrats: President Trump will have a Pen and a Phone. #Precedent.