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The right to refuse

Before I start talking about what I want to talk about, I want to tell you a Parable/Urban Legend/Sea Story I was told as a young Sailor “by someone who was there.” This is very important for delivering the punchline at the end of this article.

In the late  60’s/early 70’s, Norfolk, Virginia did not like the Sailors and other military that would spill out of the gates every day, intent on “getting drunk, fighting, despoiling the womenfolk and other general debauchery.” This had led to the infamous “No dogs or Sailors allowed” signs.

The Base Captain finally reached a point where action had to be taken. He closed the gates. Nobody in or out. It took a few days, but the merchants came to realize how much of their income came from the base personnel and contractors. The city leaders came to the base Captain, and an agreement was reached. The sailors would behave better, and the signs would come down.

Now we come to the actual subject, which is the SCOTUS decision. Trump’s SCOTUS comes through again, 303 Creative v. Elenis, which capped off Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which I have written about several times. This finally declares that a business can refuse business if the service being requested is personally abhorrent to the owner. In both 303 Creative and Masterpiece Bake Shop, the State of Colorado was compelling these business to provide services to same-sex/ transgender people, which are in direct conflict with the owners’ Christian beliefs.

Before you declare the Colorado law “good,” here’s a couple of examples from PJ Media on the subject:

Without [303 Creative v. Elenis] ruling, a neo-Nazi group could waltz into a Jewish bakery and demand a cake in the shape of a swastika. The Westboro Baptist Church could request that a gay web designer create its new website. A church could approach a gay bakery and ask for, and expect, a large sheet cake that reads, “God Made Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve.” And in each of these situations, the business owner would be legally compelled to comply, despite the dictates of their consciences or beliefs.

If you don’t see all of those examples as the same as the real world actions that led to this decision, you seriously have your head up your agenda.

Now for the “Twilight Zone Twist.” I present to you this Tweet:

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Which can also be titled “Tell everyone you’re a Leftist without saying you’re a leftist.” Just in case you can't tell the difference between Masterpiece Bakeshop, 303 Creative and this dipshit, Masterpiece refused to create a custom cake. He was happy to sell them pre-made cakes. For 303 Creative, a business website for the customer would have been fine, the sticking point was the "same-sex thing." This dipshit is refusing service blanketly based solely on political persuasion.

In the end, I'm sure this businessman's customers who support Trump are happy to take their business elsewhere. Just like customers who took their business elsewhere rather than Bud Light, Target or Disney.

 

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