Anti-gay crusader Tony Perkins has found his newest approach to defending anti-gay laws — forcing businesses to serve gay people is like forced servitude:
“We’re talking about forcing someone to take their creative ability, their talent and force them,” Perkins insisted. “This is almost forced servitude, saying that you have to be a part of this or the state is going to punish you.”
“You have to be a part of this”? Since when does the government go around to people and tell them they must start a for-profit public business?
The government will never come into your house and force you to do anything. However, if you choose start a for-profit business then yeah, you’re subject to all the laws that govern for-profit businesses. But let’s not pretend that it isn’t something you opt into.If you start a restaurant you have to store food properly. That isn’t forced servitude.
If you start a trucking company your drivers must obey traffic laws. That isn’t forced servitude.
If you start a for-profit public business of any sort then you have to serve the public, including black people. That isn’t forced servitude.
If you start a for-profit public business of any sort then you have to serve the public, which ought to include LGBT people. That isn’t forced servitude.
It’s so damn ironic that the same people who whine about discrimination against Christians, thusly acknowledging that discrimination is bad, are always the ones most eager to deploy it against others. It’s criminally unfortunate that almost all of them seem impervious to this irony.