The news recently (or at least the news that I read) has been talking a lot about Chickfila and the fact that they are anti-gay. There has also been reports about other businesses, small “mom and pop” type businesses that refused or turned away customers who are gay. The news that I’ve read has shown that the conservative right supports these businesses while the liberal left doesn’t. In many cases, the businesses are being sued for their discriminatory practices.
Can I just interject a note of sanity in this? We are all subject to the laws that govern our nation, our state, our county, and our city. If you decide to go into business, you need to know what laws are governing your business. If you break or circumvent any of those laws, you can and may be held accountable for that. If you broke a law regarding anti disciriminatory towards gay people, then you should be willing to admit it and pay the fine, and then STOP BREAKING THE LAW!!! If you haven’t broken the law, then you are free to do as you please.
That’s what this country is founded on, freedom. I am free to live as I choose as long as I don’t break any laws. You are free to live as you choose as long as you don’t break any laws. If either of us transgresses, then we must pay the penalty. Not agreeing with the law is not a valid excuse. If you don’t like the law, you are free to work to change it. Until it changes, you must abide by it.
I agree with everyone’s right to freedom. I think that businesses ought to be able to choose who their customers are. In many ways, they already do that when they decide what kind of business they want to start, choose its personality, even choose its location. It’s their right to say that they don’t want to do business with someone, for whatever reason. I believe that they should be upfront and honest with those beliefs and make certain that anyone who might partonize their establishment knows the score. Signs do this very well. Remember the signs “Whites Only”? If a business wants to limit who their customers are they should be able to do so, within the law.
I also believe that it’s my right not to patronize a business that won’t serve a particular segment of society. It’s my right to withhold my financial support to any business that won’t follow the law. It’s my freedom to do with my dollars as I choose even if that means that a particular business will flounder or fail.
But if I do that, I’m labeled a radical or a liberal or a muckrakers or a socialist or any number of other epithets. You know, it’s okay to call me names. I don’t care. It means I’m having an impact.
So if a business chooses to do business one way and I choose to do business another way, it’s nothing except freedom. Each of us will bear the consequences of our choices. I may not eat that chicken sandwich or those waffle fries, but I will eat chicken sandwiches and waffles fries somewhere else. That business may not get my money, or money from other free choosing people, and their bakery may fail, or their bed and breakfast may go under. That’s what happens in a free market. It’s not about right or wrong, or name calling, or which side of the political spectrum you’re on.
It’s called Freedom.