COMMENTARY | Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal wants me to be able to refuse him service at my place of business. According to Jindal, an ardent conservative, I should be allowed to refuse service to anyone if my religious beliefs would be compromised by providing such service. Of course, he and other conservatives are naively assuming that such religious beliefs only apply to homosexuals…when they could easily apply to women or minorities.
As a white male, it could very well be my firm religious belief that racial and ethnic minorities are inferior and their dark skin is a mark from God representing impurity. Thus, I could not remain true to my religious belief if I were forced to enter into business relationships with such people. Under laws proposed by Republicans, I would have to be allowed to refuse service to anyone who was not white. Providing minorities with service would compromise my religious belief that I should only do business with other white folks.
Oh, and there are those other religious arguments used during the era of Jim Crow, such as arguments that “separate but equal” was good because mixing of the races was wrong.
It could very well be my firm religious belief that I should not do business with women, since women are inferior to men and are not the head of the household. It could be my religious belief that I will only provide service to heads of household, because I feel it is improper to take a [white] man’s money without his consent. “I’m sorry, but I will need your husband to make the purchase,” I would be allowed to say. “I cannot trust that you are acting in the wishes of the head of household, the family unit of which is sacred unto Christ Jesus.”
So, when Republican politicians like Michelle Bachmann, a woman, and Bobby Jindal, an ethnic minority, argue in favor of laws allowing business owners to refuse service based on “religious freedom,” as evidenced by ABC News, they are passionately arguing that I be allowed to discriminate against them.
I would be allowed to turn both of them away, simply stating that it is my religious belief that they are inferior, according to the Bible, and thus I should not have to provide them service or offer them employment.
Fortunately, I hold no such religious beliefs. But, because I do firmly believe that it is wrong to assist hypocrites, I will gladly refuse service to any and all public supporters of laws allowing discrimination under the guise of “religious freedom.” It is my firm religious belief and I will stick to it! Any politician who votes in favor of such legislation will not be allowed to purchase goods or services from me, seek employment with me, or enter into business negotiations with me.