Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SD state lawmaker: Businesses should be allowed to 'turn away people of color' | TheHill

Here we go. With a recent Supreme Court victory ruling for the Religious Right baker, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to avoid punishment for not serving a gay couples' wedding, people wonder how far religious freedom can go.

Is a company allowed to refuse service to people of color, or an interracial marriage? Before you say, well, "race" is a protected class; that is true, but if the objection is on religious grounds; in other words, people possessing a sincerely held religious belief, can businesses refuse services? The conversation slides to black people shouldn't be forced to make a KKK or white supremacist cake. Jews shouldn't have to make a Hitler cake or render services to such causes. My guess is compelling businesses to serve customers folks disagree with is slim. However, with the latest ruling, although based on a narrow margin, may empower unsavory characters to violate civil rights, which is a slippery slope.

Some say well, companies can serve who they want and no one should dictate to whom businesses can serve & artists do not owe their services to anyone.

A day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a conservative argued that businesses should be allowed to deny service to people of color. He said this in 2018, not 1945, 2018.

"A South Dakota state lawmaker argued in a Facebook comment that businesses should be allowed to turn down people based on the color of their skin. 
The comment from state Rep. Michael Clark (R) came shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. 
That prompted a Facebook post from Clark, hailing the decision as a "win for freedom of speech and freedom of religion," according to the Argus Leader newspaper, which reported on the since-deleted post. 
Some Facebook users began questioning Clark's post, prompting the state lawmaker to respond to one.
"It is his business," Clark wrote in a comment. "He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants. If he wants to turn away people of color, then [that's] his choice."
Clark deleted the post on Tuesday, saying he had "jumped in on it a little bit too fast," the Leader reported. 
He later apologized for the comment in an email to a reporter for the Leader."
Whatever concerns folks have with gay marriage, open-discrimination opens the door to discriminate against heterosexual marriage. People are already talking about denying services to interracial couples, which is against freedom of basic human dignity, so should companies be allowed to refuse services to anyone they choose?

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