Respect

Stories of hypocracy like this piss me off:

Natalie Weiss said she was working at Cultiva Espresso & Crepes in Lincoln on Wednesday when she spotted a familiar woman eating a crepe[,] Marilyn Synek[, …] a communications specialist at the Nebraska Family Alliance, a “pro-life and pro-family” lobbying organization that has campaigned against state legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity[.]

NBC News

Basically, she decided to kick out a woman whose views she disagreed with. Had this woman been the customer and kicked out because the owner didn’t like the LGBT community, the mass media would be all over it.

You can’t have it both ways, demanding that businesses cater to you regardless of the owners’ private views, but then feel justified and kick out someone because you don’t like theirs. Still, I won’t go specifically out of my way to cater to a business who’s actively anti-lgbt, just like this trans woman, knowing full well the baker didn’t want to cater to our community but actively pursued him, probably just for a pay day and 15 minute of fame. If the business I’m catering found out about me and made it known they didn’t want my business, I’d do what any other person with some common sense would do: take my business elsewhere.

Growing up, I learned about the story of two bakers from long ago, when anti-discrimination laws didn’t exist at all. One was the best in town, but would only cater to Christians. The other was a Jewish baker, who’d make goods for anyone who’d walk into his store. Well, hard times have hit the area. The Christian baker prayed and wondered why no one was coming through his door. The Jewish baker prayed, and thanked for all who were still able to come through his.

The point is this: if you’re an employer, manager, or business owner who caters to the general public, you shouldn’t be so picky about whom you cater to. If you’re an employee, you especially have no right to force your views upon others and kick out someone if you don’t like their politics.

How come businesses can’t discriminate against LGBT or other minorities, but they can shield our customers who carry self-defense? You can argue that I’m comparing apples (orientation and sex change, which is fixed) vs oranges (for most carrying firearms is a choice), but think of cops and sheriff’s who have to carry firearms when on the clock. The ranchers and farmers maybe on lunch, who have to carry firearms to shoot predators that try to prey upon their herds. (For east coasters, this is a thing on the large farms out west; I’m not making this up.)

It’s about being consistent in your views. You can’t say businesses shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate in some cases, but then be allowed to in others.

As a customer, you do have the right to pick and choose who to deal with; especially in the age of the Internet, you’re no longer limited. This does work both ways, unfortunately. Think about it this way: how many white people you know, they want to pick up martial arts, they’d rather it from someone of Asian descent because of “authenticity”, rather than learn it from another white person? I know if I want baklava, I’ll go to a Greek or Turkish vendor who sells it, over the grocery down the street. Even the most liberal—er, “woke”, “progressive”, or “enlightened”—of us still have prejudice. No defense, no excuse, but something we nonetheless have to realize.

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