Thursday, December 15, 2016

Public accommodations P.R.A.T.T.

Michael Hausam
PRATT=Point Refuted A Thousand Times (often seen in debates regarding creationism and other pseudo-sciences).

Michael Hausam writes at The Federalist: “All Of A Sudden It’s No Longer Bigoted For Businesses To Refuse Service.” The subtitle to this wizardry reads: “My new position is simple: if a client doesn’t have the identical ideological, political, religious, and social views as I do, I’m going to refuse to do business with them.”

I have no idea whatsoever who Michael Hausam is (he claims to have some sort of radio show). He goes on to write:
The night before Thanksgiving I watched with rapt attention as Tucker Carlson interviewed a business owner from New Mexico who just recently announced that Donald Trump supporters are no longer welcome as employees or customers. In a company blog post titled “Trump Supporters Client Accounts Canceled” published just after the election, he said: “If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st In SEO and we ask you to leave our firm. 1st In SEO will do everything in our power to ensure that we break ties with any person or business that supports Fascism.”
You get it. Right? If some Christian baker refuses a cake to a gay couple then he is a bigot. Maybe not, according t Hausam, since it doesn't seem to be bigoted to refuse to do business with Trump supporters. That's the “thinking” behind this. Not exactly and that's where the PRATT comes into play.

Supporters of Donald Trump are not a protected class under any nondiscrimination ordinance in the country.

Mr. Hausam needs to write that on the blackboard 1,000 times. Now I happen to think that business owner is an idiot (just as I think those Christian bakers are idiots). I have had my hands full just trying to make a profit for businesses large and small. I would bake the cake saying “God Hates Fags” for Westboro Baptist Church. I reserve the right to donate the proceeds to the Human Rights Campaign and to thank them for their donation but I would bake the damned cake. But I digress because that is not the point.

It has become increasingly frustrating to have people defend discrimination against a minority group by juxtaposing manufactured discrimination against a group of people who are not protected by law (or common sense). Anti-LGBT discrimination is all too real and all too harmful to attempt to dismiss with a cute (and moronic) “gotcha.”

Hausam is not championing the cause of Trump supporters to be served by public accommodations. At least I do not think so. Rather, he is an advocate for religious exemptions to nondiscrimination laws. Apparently religious people are sufficiently special to deserve something more than Free Exercise. I suggest that Mr. Hausam explore the free exercise of critical thinking.

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