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originally posted by: windword
a reply to: Metallicus
You're beating a dead horse man! This the lesbians and the bakery all over again. When one opens a public business one must abide by the local, state and federal laws that govern commerce and civil rights.
A HUMAN has the right to do whatever they want whenever they want provided it doesn't harm another person or their property. Now, this doesn't mean they might not get their feelings hurt because I don't care about that or what someone 'feels' I am talking in terms of what I believe is right and wrong.
If a person wishes to interact with another person they have the right to do that or not at their discretion. They SHOULD NOT be REQUIRED to interact with anyone against their will. If you don't agree with the behavior YOU have the right to NOT SHOP or frequent their establishment or business. This way NO ONE is being forced to do anything against their will and you have the ability to discourage the demerit behavior by applying or not applying your dollars.
originally posted by: MotherMayEye
a reply to: Metallicus
Discrimination in business practices is prohibited by federal law. I guess I don't believe people should be able to pick and choose what laws to follow (for the most part -- I do make some exceptions, I admit.)
But if you are talking about a right to discriminate...no, the federal government does not consider that a right.
ETA: Except sexual orientation discrimination...and I see now that is part of this discussion. Discrimination by privately owned places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or disability is prohibited by federal law though.
Nobody is being required to interact with anyone since no one is forcing the business owner to operate an establishment that does business with the public.
originally posted by: Slanter
a reply to: ketsuko
They came to you for a service, not unsolicited opinions on why you don't like them. Just because someone comes into your business doesn't give you free reign to try to inflict emotional damage.