This bill in Arizona which would allow a business owner to deny service to a customer if they have a religious justification to do so is an unnecessary attempt to enshrine into law a right every business owner should already have.
If you don't want to serve someone, you shouldn't have to. More on that in a moment.
But take a few minutes to watch Anderson Cooper make a fool out of Arizona Senator Al Melvin. It's not pretty. And if this is the best the Arizona GOP has, conservatives there are in big trouble.
Now back to the business owners and whom they can and can't serve. The simple question here is should a business owner be able to deny service because they don't agree with someone's sexuality, lifestyle, race, creed, religion...?
Yes. And before you go off on your politically correct rant about how that's discrimination and it's bad and that's what the civil rights movement was about and so on, let's remember the case of Gary James.
Gary is a racist bigot who owns a bar in Oklahoma.
Gary doesn't want to serve all kinds of people he finds to be offensive. Fine. Let Gary serve his intolerant clientelle and live his sad, pathetic life. Should a black guy, gay guy or muslim be able to demand access to Gary's bar?
Why would they want to? The better option here is what people started to do in response:
Another reviewer notes that “Gary does’t serve tube steak. He asks for yours when you walk in the door. But don’t ask to use his backdoor, he saves that for minorities.”
Out the guy for who he is and then let the last of the inbreds in Enid, OK have their bar.
A bakery doesn't want to bake you a cake for your gay wedding? Go to another bakery. Same thing for photographers.
But you also shouldn't have to pass a law giving a business owner the freedom to serve whomever they want. Then again, most places have imposed smoking bans on businesses, too. I wonder how many lawmakers pushing for the religious freedom of business owners also supported the government banning smoking in those same businesses in the name of public health?