Sunday, July 8, 2012

Here Comes the Wambulance

I'm not familiar with the discriminatory laws pertaining to private businesses but both of these videos, via On Knees for Jesus, remind me of a bunch of kids throwing tantrums.

Now businesses may have the right to refuse service but in the end they're only shooting themselves in the foot by reducing their target markets. Now if a Christian business wants to only market to Christians then have at it, but eventually they'll realize that if they'd broadened to include non-Christians and provided a service people will throw money at them for they would be much more profitable. When my wife and I don't enjoy a particular restaurant or business we choose not to go there. I'm not going to complain why I didn't get a senior citizen discount, I'm not a senior citizen. (Well now that I think about it, if I'm not planning to come back anyway why not throw a hissy fit until the manager either escorts me out or accommodates me. I either get physically carried out of the business, which saves me from walking out, or I get free dessert. Win win!) Entitlement whining makes everyone look foolish but especially makes the business look uncaring towards the clients and customers they're trying to cater.  But I'm not a businessman so what do I know.  


Don said...

Tough one! I am of the opinion that if a business is doing something I don't approve of, I should go somewhere else. But, it is a tough one for the courts and the public especially if choices are limited for whatever reason.

Paul Sunstone said...

I don't think the Fox commentary was all that helpful. It seemed to me to muddy the issue. But maybe that's just me.

On the one hand, I feel sympathetic to the small business people in these cases. Especially the restaurant owner. If I understand her, she's only doing what she thinks will boost her business, and does not mean to slam atheists.

Yet, on the other hand, I wonder if the situation were a bit different -- if she were offering, say, a discount to White folks would we be better able to see it as unwarranted discrimination?

At any rate, there are laws against discriminating against a group of people based on their religious beliefs. So, I think the atheist might actually have a case here.

Paul Sunstone said...

By the way, Eruesso, I do agree with you: Regardless of the laws, it does not seem a wise business move to exclude any group of potential customers.

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