I've always disagreed with special exemptions to laws which cite religious or personal convictions, even when I find myself at odds with a gay man who thinks it's okay to discriminate against him.
To help clarify my position, I've paraphrased one of my comments from a discussion in the comments section:
"I think businesses should only be allowed to refuse service to people who have previously caused trouble (harassing staff at a criminal level, breaking stuff, etc.)"
"Public backlash isn't always effective at squashing discriminatory businesses: when the story broke that Chick-Fil-A was donating to anti-gay causes, a lot of people actually rallied to Chick-Fil-A to support them, and I imagine a similar thing would happen if they had been refusing to serve gay customers: allowing businesses to discriminate in the first place can actually amplify this practice if enough people are loyal, or if they're all localized in one geographical area."
"Small companies should not be exempt from anti-discrimination laws because I don't think it's reasonable to expect consumers to navigate other peoples' prejudices when those prejudices are given actual power through the resources of a business: "Let's see, the local barber and the nice gym won't serve me because I'm a Muslim, my wife can't shop at the nice grocery store, and my son can't find a decent car or apartment because of his Bernie Sanders bumper sticker." What a great world that would be."
"If we decide that only companies which provide essential services must follow anti-discrimination laws, then who decides what services are essential? Is phone service essential? Internet? Gas stations when you've got 0.01 gallons of gas left? I think it's a lot simpler and more reasonable to require all businesses to follow anti-discrimination laws."
And yes, I'm aware that Donald Trump just won the presidential election, but I already made this video and it's going up now.
I'm also realizing that I'm bad at appealing to my audience: on the one hand, my anti-feminism stuff is very popular with libertarians, but then when I talk about money and governments, I lose them. Nowhere was this more apparent in my video "Aborting Fatherhood", and again in this video.
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