Mainstream GOPers are so proud of themselves and Gov. Jan Brewer for opposing Arizona’s initiative that would have preserved the rights of businesses to discriminate against gays, chiefly by not serving them. The law has been compared to Jim Crow which, by contrast, was an enforced regime of discrimination that businesses had little power to opt out of.
But now, when most people in business are, like always, interested in making money, and the old legally enforced Jim Crow regime is something of the distant past, can’t we just have freedom? Real freedom, where businesses can hire, fire, serve, or not serve whomever they want for whatever reason they want? Isn’t this a big part of freedom? Aren’t these constant worries about “getting sued” for every little decision by a business a big part of the oppressiveness of the modern liberal megastate?
Religious objections are particularly salient and worthy of respect. Now, in seeking a roommate, I have to be indifferent to whether it’s a man or women or gay or Muslim or otherwise very different from me? It’s ridiculous. Equality, once again, has shown how it is the enemy of all freedom and the destroyer of all private spheres in life, other than the most minimal requirement of equality before the law. Because now, logically enough, Catholic schools can’t prefer Catholics, and gay clubs will have to hire female waitresses, and everything in between. Our ability to create our own spheres and make money (or for that matter refuse money) because of our idiosyncratic preferences will be erased in the name of this less-than-20-year-old concept of “Gay Rights.”
Great job Republicans. The left still hates you. And now freedom has retreated a little further again into the realm of the forgotten past, so that when it goes too far, you will have no means left to insulate yourselves from the fast-accelerating self-destruction of the society around you, a self destructing society that you have engineered in the name of equality.