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    They were just protected from the consequences by not just bigotry, but bigoted laws outlawing some customers from their market. Now they can't deny service, just like anyone else serving the public.

    Just as pharmacists must dispense birth control pills, despite whatever unprovable superstition they might have. Pharmacists in 1955 might have had such a religious opposition, but nobody knew. By 1970, those same pharmacists had to prescribe the pill, or choose another job.

    How about soda jerks who suddenly in 1965 had to serve soda to Black people? Serve it or quit, pal.

    The fact is that nobody has the right to practice their religious beliefs on anyone else who doesn't agree. If that means you can't serve the public in your previously chosen profession, that's too bad. The people's right to equal protection under the law trumps your privilege to have your job stay exactly the same as it was when you entered it.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:37:15 PM PST

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