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  •  That's actually rudeness. (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, johnny wurster

    And I don't defend that comment.  Not. At. All.

    What I defend is the right of everyone to the free exercise of their own religious beliefs, regardless of whether I agree with those beliefs are not. That's supporting the Constitutional rights of others.  I always viewed support for the Constitutional rights of others -- even people I dislike or disagree with --  as a progressive value.  

    In my view, anyone familiar with the First Amendment should not be outraged that someone, even the owner of a business, wants to live his/her life -- all aspects of his/her life --  in accordance with his/her religious views.  I respect the rights of others to do that.  Government cannot/should not endorse any religious beliefs.  No one can/should force me to abide by their religious beliefs.  But the corollary of that principle is that I respect THEIR right to live their lives by THEIR religious principles, even if I disagree with them.

    •  That doesn't mean (2+ / 0-)
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      TiaRachel, Tonedevil

      we should ever do business with people whose religious bigotry requires them to discriminate against others.

      Politics means controlling the balance of economic and institutional power. Everything else is naming post offices.

      by happymisanthropy on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 05:08:45 PM PDT

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    •  Hobby Lobby still has the right do just that. (5+ / 0-)

      Where is anyone calling for government action?  No one is forcing Hobby Lobby to do anything.  They

       If the folks who are "the market" for that store don't like the way they run their store, they have the right to say they don't like it, blog about it, write a letter the editor about it, even organize a protest about it if they are so inclined.

      And people can do the same in support of the store.  Again, no one has lost ANY rights.  If Hobby Lobby wants to do things their way, then they have to understand that not everyone is going to like it.  In the end, if "the market" is hostile, maybe it was a bad decision to open a store there.

      The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

      by Back In Blue on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:06:29 PM PDT

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    •  But (3+ / 0-)
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      SilverWillow, TiaRachel, Tonedevil

      there would be nothing inappropriate about boycotting the business. The store is then free to reconsider its policy or not as it chooses. If a business tells me it doesn't cater to "you people", why would I shop there?

      Unfortunately, there are many places in the country with shopping options limited to a handful of big chain stores. Boycotting one of them might leave people with no alternative for some items, at least for in-person shopping. Fortunately the internet has broken the control these companies had over what people can buy.

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