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Should companies be able to refuse service to someone based on race, sexual orentaion, sex, or any other factor?

Asked by: Harley_Quinn
  • Freedom is self-correcting

    It's your company, it's your business. If other people don't like the way you run your business, that's their problem. It doesn't make sense for freedom to be restricted by prohibiting business owners to make choices for themselves. Public opinion will push along those who are unwilling to act reasonably, for example, racial discrimination - nobody would do business with a company that racially discriminated on a large scale. In fact, that company would most likely be forced out of business. Freedom is self-correcting, and shouldn't be restricted arbitrarily.

  • America was based on freedom

    Why do we let the minority of people (the Muslims, gays, etc) control the rest of the majority? Our country is based off freedom but we can even speak out against the gays without being harassed or even sued. And we can't say Islam is violent because its "a religion of peace". With over 270 million deaths and over 25k jihadist attacks it is the most violent and deadly ideology of all time

  • America is better

    The government should not be able to infringe on people's natural rights. If I start a business and don't want rednecks to buy from me, its my right. It is horrible that gays go through this treatment, but if it gets that bad, than they should stop living their and make plans to move somewhere more progressive. That is the beauty of America. It is government's responsibly to be mature. Take delight in the fact that America is progressing from its barbaric traditional views.

  • Yes, of course.

    If it's your company, you have the right to deny people service for literally any reason. You should be legally allowed to deny someone because you don't like their shoes. Refusing people because of something like their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. makes you a terrible person by most standards, but people should be free to be that should they so choose.

  • Up to the owner.

    As a business owner people deserve the right to say who they will and will not serve. Let us suppose a cake cost $20, and the baker was a Christian who did not support gay marriage, if and when he says no I'm not making a cake for you he just lost $20. Eventually the gay couple will find a baker will different morals who will bake the cake and profit from it. Do not rely on the government to tell you what is right and wrong. People have morals. Society does not!

  • Freedom of Choice

    The government has no right to tell you who you can and cannot serve. If you are a business owner, you have the right to do whatever you want with your business. This is not a matter of discrimination, it's a matter of free choice. People should realize that the government cant rule our lives!

  • People control companies.

    If a company does something that people don't approve of, the people supporting that company by buying their products or utilizing their service can make the greatest impact by searching for an alternative and boycotting that company. If Microsoft came out tomorrow and said they hate America and wish all Americans dead, most of us would probably make our next device purchase at the Apple store, putting Microsoft out of business. The government doesn't need to disallow this type of behavior, as consumers already do and executives/managers with ANY intelligence know this already.

  • Do you think forcing Christians to cater your Gay events is the way to gain their respect?

    Maybe you lack the simple understanding of what it takes to gain a person's trust. Do you think it can be done with the threat of fines and being sued or loss of a business? That is the ideology of Liberals like Obama who forces his will on the people no matter their faith or beliefs. He forces by law that we all must pay for abortions and constantly plays class warfare pitting American against Americans, race against race, to garner votes. Has the Homosexual movement been taken over by that mindless arrogance? This is why Obama is so disliked by Conservatives. They know Obama spits on their faith and has no respect for their beliefs and pro life conscience.

    So Gays, take some notes! Forcing that Christian family owned business to deny their faith and cater your wedding reception does nothing but create distrust, anger, and absolutely NO RESPECT for your cause. What do you think suing Churches to force them to hire Gay Sunday school teachers does to gain their trust and acceptance?

    I have explained many times how Christians don't hate Gays or any other group of people. We will fight against any group trying to twist our faith and beliefs.

    Stop being so insecure, you will never be able to force your will on all people to believe Homosexuality is a normal natural thing. GET OVER IT! Do you see Christians suing any business that does not cater to their faith? No, we are not insecure people needing your sanction to feel good about ourselves. If you truly believe your sexual orientation is a normal natural thing, then great. You need not force us all to agree. Why on earth must you force Christian families to cater your lifestyles. There are plenty of people who will gladly cater your receptions. Ask yourself why you must force those who do not agree to cater your events. Why would you want them to? That is so insecure and so fanatically controlling. You can't force respect and acceptance. Stop with the law suits, stop with forcing your will on others and you will see a change. Magically many Christians will have no need to fear your agendas in the future. Try having respect for other's belief because Christians have the respect to accept your right to your beliefs and will not sue you to cater Christian events.

  • No discrimination all around.

    In the case of religious freedom, everybody's religion needs to be recognized. It is against a Christian's beliefs to support gay marriage. I repeat: it is against a Christian's beliefs to support gay marriage.
    Note that I did not say that Christians hate gay people! Christians hate the sin, not the sinner.
    There are gay people welcomed with open arms into my church. We believe what they are doing is a sin, and do not support them for it, but do not hate them.

    If someone refuses to cater a gay wedding because of Christian beliefs, they have a right to do so. This country will not force a child at school to say 'God' in the Pledge of Aligience, but it does not defend Christians right to refuse service when it is against what they believe.

    That is true religious intolerance.

  • Freedom Means "Work Things Out By Yourselves".

    As a parent of two I know that an early lessons we teach our children is that you need to be able to work things out with people you disagree with without the parent needing to interviene. It seems like today's generation has forgotten this lesson. Freedom means the government shouldn't be in the market of forcing the people to act a certain way. It also means I have the freedom to take my buiness anywhere I want,

  • People should not have the right to be ignorant

    First, a comparison: freedom of speech is important because it is anti-social for people to be able to wall themselves off from people who might disagree with them. What is healthy for society (the one you pay taxes to be a part of) is an free and open exchange of new and strange ideas. This value directly translates to commerce. It is anti-social for businesses to be able to pick and choose what their customers look like, or what they think, because it directly interrupts that free and open exchange of new and strange ideas.

    If you want to interact with the public, you should not be allowed to shield yourself from being made uncomfortable at the expense of somebody else's comfort.

  • This is obvious.

    Of Course not!! I don't care if your religion says that being gay is wrong, or if you think african americans are lesser than whites. I say acceptance is key, and sadly sometimes we have to ironically force acceptance. I mean where would we be if we just let people discriminate?!!?

  • We must move on from discrimination!

    We need to learn to accept eachother and our differences. How can we carry on discriminating against eachother for simple things like colour of skin, gender, age etc. This cannot go on! Instead, let's embrace difference in society rather than make ourselves feel good by putting down others. Companies have no more right to deny a person a job than the bus driver had to deny rosa parks a seat on a bus.

  • No way in hell.

    I thought that we were over this. A tolerant society, and open society, cannot tolerate those who are intolerant. Sure, people have a right to hate "blacks" for being black, and think that they are inferior, and all that nonsense, and they have the right to hate gays, and think think that women are inferior, however, they do not have the right to make others suffer simply because they do not like them--like Knightrius above, I am disgusted that so many people should agree that open bigotry should be tolerated by society, and in the name of freedom no less! You grant people the right to do this and within a couple of years we are going to have Jim Crow and Apartheid back.

  • This opens the floodgate to discrimination all over again

    The value of "freedom" only works so far as it doesn't infringe the rights of others. Reasons like race, sexual orientation etc are not and should not be valid reasons to refuse service to people. If this were allowed, many others would follow and this definitely creates a faultline between different groups of people. For what? You can't deny that the intention behind this thing you're trying to allow here is a blatant form of allowing discrimination to happen. While we may dislike groups of people who are different from us, it doesn't mean we have the right to deny them the rights they should be entitled to - to patronize the shop just like people from other groups. And any company with that intention has some serious discrimination problem.

  • You have no right to discriminate for arbitrary reason, especially if people have no control over the criteria by which they are judged.

    You don't have a right to take away other people's rights. If it's no inconvenience to serve them, you should not inconvenience them by refusing to do so. The only way conservative America as a whole ever progresses from its barbaric traditional views is when the federal government intervenes and drags the rest of its citizens into the next century. Discrimination does not stop magically. We only managed to end slavery after a bloody civil war. We had to deploy the National Guard in order to enforce desegregation. Also, don't you think it's asanine to ask people to move just because other people in their community don't like them? That will just promote a type of barbaric isolationism and tribalism that's not good for anyone.

  • This question isn't about anyone's right.

    The rights of companies are irrelevant in this discussion. And the idea that minorities are controlling the majority is BS of the highest level. Minorities are not asking for special treatment. They just want to be treated equally to the majority after suffering years of oppression. I think companies refusing service to minorities is morally wrong. We don't need fancy laws to that. This is ethically and morally wrong. I felt disgusted when i saw that 70 % people have said "Yes" to this question.


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Unitomic says2015-04-10T02:35:45.947
I'm going to go to a black baker and demand that he bake a cake for a local KKK meeting.