Who ever said running a business requires one to to do things according to some one else's ideals? Strip clubs offend me, should i require them to stop stripping so I can feel comfortable eating there? Or just choose to not visit their establishment and go some where they suits my views? Think about it :)
Here is my thought. If a Jew opens a Bakery to the public, and then a skinhead comes in and asks for a cake celebrating the Holocaust, it would be a legal transaction, and the Jew would be obligated, by virtue of having a business open to the Public, to make it for him, and the Jew/Mormon/Republican business owner should consider those things before going into business. It wasn't too long ago that white businesses in the South refused to serve people that were objectionable to them. Allowing business owners to discriminate among their clients somehow doesn't seem right, but I understand your tyranny comment.
Back in the old days, it was assumed that the free exercise of religion meant just that - you could practice your religion unencumbered by governmental interference. Now some people feel that the government has the right to define limits and contexts in which you are allowed to practice it.
If this is allowed, those limits and contexts are going to become more and more confining - you will see.
Usually these police-state type encroachments on liberty come slowly. This one, on same-sex marriage, has come a little too fast for some, so there is quite a backlash.
To be forced to support a cause that a person finds abhorrent is the essence of tyranny. Should a Jew be forced to make a cake celebrating the Holocaust? Should a comedy film maker be forced to make horror films? Should an environmentalist be forced to build dams that he thinks are contrary to his beliefs? And why is the expression of one side permitted but not the other? Neil, we all try to serve causes in which we believe, even at work. I do what I do because I believe having more music is good for the world. I would not be happy working else where, or feel as useful. Neither do you want to be forced to work as someone else decides.
Let him exercise his rights to practice his religious beliefs within a religious context and not in a business whose purpose is to serve the PUBLIC, which does not mean just the ones he feels like serving. Maybe Ms. Davis should have learned that same lesson before it was taught to her through a court sentenced time in jail.
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