Either you continue to allow American business men and women to decide who they wish to do business with, or you don’t.
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen famously cancelled his concert in North Carolina last Sunday because he was not in agreement with the moral decisions of the leaders of that state. As such, he chose to withhold his services even though they had already been paid for. He said that he could not provide his services because he was not in agreement with their world view. As far as we know, no lawsuits have been filed and he has not been threatened in any way. He was simply exercising his American right to withhold services as a businessman if he was not willing to provide them under conditions he found not to his liking. Right?
So, if Springsteen was fair and just for doing what he did by withholding his services, then on what legal basis do you sue a Christian baker for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake? The Christian baker was only doing exactly what Springsteen did, withholding services because they did not share the worldview of the other party.
You can’t have it both ways.
Either you continue to allow American business men and women to decide who they wish to do business with, or you don’t. Since Springsteen cancelled his show, 8 other entertainers have done likewise in solidarity.
The passage of North Carolina’s HB2, Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the “bathroom bill,” has caused several progressive entertainers to boycott that state in protest of the legislation.
Sharon Stone backed out of production for a short film in Mississippi because of the state’s religious liberty bill.
“I will not work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens whether due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, nor where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state,” Stone said in a statement.
If Bruce Springsteen is allowed to cancel his services because of his ‘deeply held convictions’, then it is absolutely un-American to deny that right to other business people with their deeply held convictions.
The Christian bakers were right all along…who knew?