How many readers of this blog recall the signs that used to appear in restaurants and bars that said, "We reserve the right to not serve anyone?" At least I think that is how it was worded.
Today, we often find signs that state, "No shirt, no service." or "No shoes, no service."
What was the message behind such signs? The owner of the business had free speech rights to serve, or not serve a person based on their particular behavior.
If a person came into a restaurant without wearing a shirt or shoes, the restaurant owner had the right to refuse service. If a person came into a bar and was boisterous, obnoxious, cursing or - clearly already drunk - the bar tender had the absolute right to not serve that person any alcohol. What's more, the bouncer had the right (as per the instructions of the owner) to escort such a person off the premises!
Our First Amendment rights not only include freedom of speech and freedom of religion; but also freedom of association.
Today, because of ultra-tolerance and political correctness and "hate speech" inferences, the refusal for service by any business owner is often misconstrued as "bigotry," "hatred," "intolerance," etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum. The following link is a case in point:
ADF Truth and Triumph: Point & Shoot
What happens when a photographer's conscience collides with political correctness.
When you read the article, you will see that this Christian woman was CLEARLY TARGETED by the lesbian couple who wanted to punish her for her refusal to photograph their "commitment ceremony." There were PLENTY of other photographers willing to take the job. So, why did they sue this one person?
Gotta run out. Will return to finish this post later.
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