a reply to: Metallicus
You have that all backwards.
This is the way things ACTUALLY work.
You have the right to hold an opinion, but you do not have the right to affect someone else's life in what they would see as a negative fashion,
because of that opinion.
For example, denying a person service because they happen to be homosexual or lesbian, is something you do not have the right to do. Denying service
to Muslims, persons of colour, circus performers, or parking wardens, just because of those metrics is not something you have the right to do. If you
offer a service to anyone, you offer it to everyone, and CERTAINLY if you have a business which is on a public thoroughfare.
Now, you are free not to make friends with people of whom you have a negative opinion, and you are free, in your PERSONAL life to choose whether or
not you spend time around people of whom you have a low opinion. That is not in the least in question. However, in the event that a homosexual walks
into a bar you are frequenting, you do not have the right to make your problem into their problem. If you REALLY have a phobia sooooo entrenched, that
you cannot drink beer in the same room as a homosexual, guess who can leave the bar? YOU CAN!
You see, the way things are now, means that those who harbour ill feeling toward their fellow human beings based on whatever metric might be
involved, from sexuality to gender, from colour to creed, the person with the problem is obligated to maintain ownership of that problem, without
making everyone around them suffer because they, in their infinite lack of wisdom, have an issue.
Don't like black guys? That's your problem. Own it. If you must own such terrible feelings toward your fellow man as to ulcerate your very gut, then
man up, buy some Rennies and a 500ml bottle of water and deal with it. If you hate homosexuals so much that you cannot stand the sight of them, then
get your man pants on, get some eye drops and cry about it later. Don't like democrat voters? Deal with it, because all the individuals you encounter
in your daily life have the exact same rights as you, and you have the right to be served in any bar you roll into as long as you are not already
intoxicated, at any bakery you might wander through on the way to work, at the post office, the burger joint, the hotel you stay in on the way to
visit family, or on vacation.
Because you have that right, and the right to do these things without being harassed, you can expect to receive no crap from people, unless those
people tend toward the sociopathic and simply do not care about their conduct or its legality. But your possession of these rights automatically
grants the same to everyone else you encounter in your personal and professional life, and so if you would not like to be treated differently by a
person, you had better not treat them like crap either, because the moment you step out of line, you are in violation not only of ethics, but probably
of at least one law, depending on how overt you are about letting your inner bastard out.
That is your personal choice. Because your rights end, where those of others begin, you are obligated to take ownership of your problems, rather than
creating circumstances where another person cannot help but be affected by them.