Should Businesses Be Forced to Serve Everyone?

*Guest Post by my Artist Friend, Sheila

Here are my thoughts on this whole, “Let’s sue because we can’t get service thing.”  **This is not about a public or government services. This is about private businesses.

Private businesses can and should be able to serve whomever they want to. As an artist, especially, myself or anyone else, should never be made to express themselves artistically for reasons they are not passionate about or at the minimum in support of. (The Israelite’s being forced on pain of death to sing jovial songs while in captivity comes to mind.)

I know this is unpopular. I know that many, many people argue that the discrimination gay people may receive from a business is the same as a businesses refusing to serve people based on their skin color during the civil rights era. It seems as if they have a good point. However, those victims were wholly denied ALL aspects of service based on one physical objection.

The issue at hand is undeniably, fundamentally different. The gay/lesbian people were not being denied service as a whole being. One aspect of their lives which went very clearly against another’s religious beliefs was/is being denied. They weren’t being denied or rejected based on their simply being alive or being judged less than human/worthy. ONE aspect of their culture, (marriage is deeply religious and cultural,) is said to be going against and would therefore compromise another individual’s religion. Why would they want to FORCE someone who is not able to be supportive of this one aspect of their lives, to feign support? Would you really want an artist to half-heartedly serve you?

Private businesses can and should be able to serve whomever they want to.

In the wedding business myself, I would never be able to take part in a polygamist marriage ceremony. I could serve, help or support those involved in that ceremony in other ways, but not in that one aspect of their lives that would violate my conscience and faith.

I hope that if a Muslim has a problem with me notwearing a hijab that they would refuse me whatever service / good they are offering on the spot.  I would be annoyed to have to look elsewhere, but I would adamantly defend their right to refuse me service if it would compromise their faith to do so.

I am in support of the gay coffee shop owner kicking out the group of Christians from his restaurant. I think he is slightly crazy and that he borderline verbally assaulted the group, but he has every right to serve whomever he wants to.

The right to to discriminate for any reason or no reason should be allowed in the private sector.

So before you offer your support to the gay couple suing the baker – even if you are an adamant defender of gay marriage – think about anything and everything you would not want to be forced to support/serve. Would you want to be forced to make t-shirts for the church who protests American soldier’s funerals? Or forced to bake cakes for a white or black supremacist group? Or forced to paint/sculpt something pornographic on someone’s property. Where is your line? If you don’t have any lines then by all means support and sue away. But if you have even the faintest glimpse of line somewhere inside of you that says “maybe I wouldn’t want to be forced to support this one thing if I was asked” then you should be passionately defending the Christian baker and any other private business refusing service for any and every reason.

Regardless of what your personal beliefs are, stand for freedom or soon none of us will be allowed to have any personal beliefs.


This isn’t about the Christian faith. This is about every faith from Muslims to Atheists. The right to to discriminate for any reason or no reason should be allowed in the private sector (and absolutely not allowed in the public/government sector.)

Leave people alone to run their own lives and businesses. If they are truly despicable people the free market will drive them out of business.

PragerU Video on Baker

Another Post and Article from September:

Private businesses should be allowed to refuse service to whomever they choose for any or no reason at all.

Regardless of what your personal beliefs are, stand for freedom or soon none of us will be allowed to have any personal beliefs.

“Shortly after our case started, two lesbian printers in New Jersey voiced their support for us because they didn’t want to be forced to print messages that would violate their consciences.”

I’m a T-shirt Maker with Gay Customers & Gay Employees — and I was Sued!

3 thoughts on “Should Businesses Be Forced to Serve Everyone?

  1. To normalize discrimination, which is largely what you’re arguing for, is to set this country back nearly a century. Do you have the same view if restaurants in the south want to put back their “No Negros Allowed” signs in the front window, or force African-Americans to use different bathrooms? Would it be OK for businesses to return to advertising for a job, but adding the disclaimer “Jews need not apply”?

    With the Muslim example you provided, you’re talking about a dress code…something a lot of private (and public) places have. What you’re asking this gay couple to do is to follow a sexual orientation code in this baker’s establishment. It can’t be done. No artist would ever be forced to produce lewd art. They could walk away from the job. You’re describing situational circumstances in your examples, not inherent traits.

    Does this fly directly in the face of individual freedom? Perhaps, but if you’d rather return to the kind of country we had with its social, racial, sexual, gender, and civil rights inequities…well, that’s where my issue with your argument lay. You’re right. It’s not about gay rights or christianity. It’s about being a decent human being and treating others as you wish to be treated. If you’re OK with being treated like dog crap over what makes you different, that’s for you and your therapist to figure out.

    The world isn’t perfect, but it’s getting better and we have to continue to try to make it better, even if that means nudging some people along. Telling me that it’s OK to discriminate against you as long as you can against me is a poor position to take. It’s not OK for either of us to do it. You should know that.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I’m a lesbian. I’ve never been married. If I was going to get married, and a baker didn’t want to make my cake, I would go elsewhere. Why would I want a baker who is homophobic making my cake? It sucks that people are homophobic. We can’t obliterate homophobia by suing people who are homophobic. This lawsuit infringes on the personal liberty of the baker.

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