I followed a link to this article from my Facebook news feed. The gist of it: “A Republican lawmaker in South Dakota believes that businesses should be able to deny services to African Americans, gay people, or anyone else who offends their religious beliefs.” Of course people are offended by this, people find ways to be offended by everything.
At every job I’ve had the employees were told that we (the establishment) have the right to refuse service to anyone. So, people can already chose to refuse service. It’s no one’s business WHY they refuse someone. Who cares why. You have the “right” to go somewhere else, not to force someone to do business with you.
I believe in personal freedom and personal responsibility, which is something that the guy in the article is touching on (As per my understanding of the quote and without having done any further research on the topic.) if a business refuses service based on race or sexual orientation, he believes that the general populace will refuse to have anything to do with that business and they will have reaped their own downfall. If someone chooses not to do business with someone else, for ANY reason, that’s their call. It doesn’t matter if it’s morally “right” or not, it’s their choice.
What does bother me is that he specifies “offends their religious beliefs”, to me “religious beliefs” is a statement waved around like a flag. It gives people the impression that they have the right to violate the rights of other people because other’s beliefs don’t match their own. When you bring religion into anything it just makes a mess. Leave it out. People have the right to refuse service to anyone. Don’t like it, get over it.