Where I Take a Contrary View
March 28, 2015
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Not just with the current politically correct view but also possibly with myself.
I generally believe that there are certain areas in which discrimination shouldn’t be allowed. In housing and employment and education for instance, I don’t think discrimination based on the gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., should be allowed. There are some things that are kind of basic and fundamental that should be open and available to all — housing, work, and education are in that category.
But, then there are some things that aren’t so basic and fundamental.
Indiana’s governor signed a law this week that is being described by its supporters as a religious freedom law and its opponents are describing as discriminatory against gay people. Basically, the idea is that businesses can deny service to people when it conflicts with their religious views. So, yeah, the baker can refuse to make a cake for a gay marriage. Or maybe an attorney could refuse to provide legal services to defend somebody based on their religious beliefs.
And I don’t have a problem with this. The reality is that in my ideal world laws like this aren’t necessary. That people just treat everybody with love and respect and overlook the differences that make us what we are. Members of the human race. But that clearly isn’t going to happen. I’m not sure making laws that either allow or prohibit this kind of stuff does anything to make things better. The better solution to me is to let those business owners decide who they want to serve and if they can make it discriminating against gays or members of a certain race or religion, so be it. On the other hand, if they decide to discriminate, those of us who believe in love and respect and fairness for all can choose not to provide our business to them. Better that, I think, then to constantly have our politicians flip us back and forth between the two.