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- Jul 4, 2011
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- Near Seattle
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Well, one thing we do know will happen is there will be some degree of economic backlash. Granted it is Mississippi we are talking about here but there are plenty of national organizations and businesses that will respond.
Generally speaking it will, among other things, allow religious whack jobs the right to refuse to do business with gays. Southern style hospitality.
Businesses trying to essentially blackmail the state to not uphold their own rights makes really no sense.
What exactly does it do?
You mean practice their rights? Why should businesses rights be ignored by the state? Then again, maybe you think potentional customers have a right to the property, association and labor of businesses, so in that case, explain how that is possible.
If you want to buy into this "uphold their own rights" bit be my guest, but ultimately what we are really talking about here is State sponsored social and economic discrimination. Mississippi is now saying private businesses and faith-based organizations can refuse to serve someone they think is gay or lesbian on religious grounds, and the State just allowed county clerks a shield from State action (they cannot prevent Federal action) if they decide to deny a marriage license to someone gay or lesbian.
This is going to end up challenged, as it should. Mississippi is encouraging discrimination, hiding behind religion to do so.
What is really sad is that we *still, in 2016,* need to protect various groups from the actions of others in the name of religion. That is what makes no sense, but our hands are forced by today's brand of bigotry that will end up in the history books next to those in the 1950's and 1960's arguing for segregation for the same religious reasons.
We shall see how devout they are when the feds kick them squarely in the nuts. And then the corporations stop doing business with them. The rats will jump ship. Bet on it.
I'm not arguing in favor of state officials not doing their jobs or even the state being able to discriminate, but in favor of private entities deciding on their own who they wish to associate with, who they wish to trade their property with, and who they wish to provide their labor. I don't agree with the law itself, but I do agree that people have the right to discriminate in their business arrangements because of their faith.