Coming out of silence because I am disturbed by what the Arizona legislature has done, but I’m also slightly disturbed by some of the reactions to it.
So there’s an uproar over a law that the Arizona legislature passed about businesses not being sued if they choose not to do business with a certain class of people because of their religion. Or something to that effect. I don’t really care exactly what it says because I think it’s misguided, pointless, unnecessary, and probably unconstitutional.
That being said, I believe that a businessperson should be able to refuse to do business with whomever they want to UNLESS it’s because of their gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion. (I think I got them all in there.) HOWEVER, if you choose not to do business with someone because you’re uncomfortable doing the specific event or service, then I have no problem with that. If you don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding, you shouldn’t have to. If you don’t want to photograph a bar mitzvah, you shouldn’t have to. If you don’t want to work on a white woman’s hair, you shouldn’t have to. And so on. And honestly, if someone doesn’t want to do business with you, why the heck do you want to do business with them? Just turn around, walk out the door, and FIND SOMEONE ELSE. Sheesh. HOWEVER, if the business accepts the job, signs a contract, or shakes hands, then they should damn well be professional and do the job, whether they are comfortable or not. Not doing so is just flat out unprofessional. If a business breaks the contract, sue them. I don’t care, that’s their problem for breaking their word. If they just tell you they don’t want to do the job in the first place, then walk away. Suing them at that point is just vindictive. (Unless of course, they call you nasty names and it’s obvious they are haters – then you can do what the heck you feel like. But if they’re polite and respectful, just walk away, okay?)
And that’s all I have to say about that.