Originally posted by SaberTruth
Racism isn't just a problem with whites.
Totally agree. However, the white culture, as the dominant culture in the US, does, I believe, have a significant influence on the degree of racism
currently being displayed. Most of the anti-white racism I have personally witnessed stems from a large amount of anger and frustration resulting from
This by no means makes anti-white racism "OK". It does make it understandable.
General questions: There have always been establishments such as restaurants that cater to particular groups of people, and some would refuse to seat
a person not wearing a tie for example. Is this discrimination that FedGov should consider against the law? Can Christian photographers be convicted
of crime if they refuse to do business that would help or condone pornography for example? Could mosques be sued for disturbing the peace by loud
calls to prayer 5 times a day? I'm asking these to see where and why the lines are drawn.
Good questions. And I would say the answer to all of your questions is No, given certain assumptions:
Question 1 regarding restaurants. Assuming the restaurant in question is not the only place to get food, then this kind of discrimination is, in my
opinion, acceptable. So answer is No, the gov't should not get involved, based on the mentioned assumption
Question 2 regarding Christian phtographers and porn. Clearly No. Nobody is going to starve or freeze or bleed to death because they don't have fuel
to get to the hospital if a Christian photographer refuses to do porn pictures.
Question 3 regarding Muslim call to prayer. This one is a little grayer. If there is a call to prayer at 5 AM when most people are sleeping, then
that would be restricted at that time of day. On the other hand, I grew up in a sawmill town where they had a loud steam whistle that
went off every morning at 5, waking up the whole valley. I did not work at the sawmill, nor did my father, but we woke up anyway. I don't see any
real difference between that and waking up to a call to prayer for a religion I do not subscribe to.
My main concern is with goods and services that are important or vital to the "pursuit of life". Food. Fuel. Power. Bank services. Schools. Etc.
We can have many discussions as to whether a society that is so dependent on these things is a good idea or not, but the fact remains that in our
current society, these things are essentially vital to survival on any kind of decent basis. And in that case, yes, I believe gov't has a role to
play in ensuring that all
citizens of the country have equal access to the items vital to survival in the society.
I'm not a big fan of gov't intrusion, but I weigh the evils of that against the potential or historic evils when such intervention is not
For example what happened in California in the '90s when electric power distribution was de-regulated. Enron, a company run by criminals, went hog
wild and denied electric service to thousands. Not based on race, granted, but the example holds - significant harm was done, many people were denied
their pursuit of life, due to the actions of a private corporation that had a strangle hold on a vital service.