Posted: 04/09/15 13:46, Edited: 04/09/15 13:47
by Dave Mindeman
A blogger that MinnPost featured today talked about the North Dakota vote against adding LGBT to the list of protected classes in the state.
The writer, Nancy Edmonds Hanson, put forward an interesting proposal:
To save time and reduce the awkwardness of making moral judgments on a customer-by-customer basis, here's a modest marketing proposal. Let's streamline the process. Business owners who feel their personal "sincerely held religious beliefs" permit them to deny service to the wrong sort of customers could take the bold first step today ... while the state of North Dakota still offers absolutely no legal impediment.
Come out of the closet. Why not post "No LGBTQ" signs on your businesses right now? Thousands of us are curious. That includes not only the folks whom you'd prefer to forfeit to your competition, but the broad, growing and determined coalition who support the notion that every person deserves dignity, respect and a fancy layer cake with their choice of fondant or butter cream frosting.
I wonder how many businesses would post that sign. If that truly is their religious belief, shouldn't they just proclaim it - don't hide it under a bushel? Announce to the world that this is your religious statement. After all, isn't God on your side?
Would these business owners, who serve the "general" public, be vocal and public about their beliefs? After all, they can save gay couples the embarrassment of being refused service if they see a clearly stated message that gives them a heads up.
But then I guess these businesses would also be subject to a decision from the general public. Would this drive customers away who support the LBGT community? Is that something they are willing to contemplate in regards to their "strongly held" Christian beliefs?
How far would they take this type of "religious freedom"?