In 1993 the federal government passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law was intended to protect Native Americans in danger of losing their jobs because of religious ceremonies that involved the illegal drug peyote. In 1997 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress overstepped its bounds in passing RFRA in 1993, and that the law applied only to federal laws, not to those passed by the states. Since then 22 U.S. states have passed their own versions of the “religious freedom” laws. Supporters of the law argue that the government shouldn’t force religious businesses and churches to serve customers who participate in lifestyles contrary to their owners’ beliefs. Proponents of the law argue that the political context has changed since 1992 and states are now passing their own versions of the law with the intent of discriminating against gay and lesbian couples.
Businesses should not be allowed to decline service to someone based on their own religious beliefs because if the person is, for example, transgender or of a racial minority, that would be in violation of national anti-discrimination laws. We should not be allowing people to use their religion as an excuse to inflict their phobias and biases on other people. to answer the question, no, I do not believe that businesses should be allowed to refuse service to someone if it conflicts with their religious views.
No, all customers deserve to be treated equally
There's a fine line here - refusing service at a restaurant to a gay couple is not okay. Requesting a different seat on an airplane because you're forbidden to touch women you're not related to should be accommodated.
It depends whether they're against the person and their beliefs or the thing they're asking- saying no because someone's gay would be bad, saying no because someone's asking you to carve a swastika in a locket and you're Jewish (or a decent human being) is acceptable
No, everyone pays taxes, thereby supporting the very infrastructure that a business uses in the conduct of its business. Since all support the infrastructure, no one should be denied service due to the business owner's religious beliefs.
It is their business, the should be able to do what they want
Only if it is the service not the individual causing the lack of service (ex they’ll give a tattoo but not one that violates religious beliefs such as a swastika for a Jewish provider or a gay symbol for a Muslim one etc).
I don’t want a gay wedding cake from someone who doesn’t like gay people. They should be able to refuse to serve them as long as they do it openly and clearly. We need more religious understanding for small businesses owners. They deserve the right to practice their religion and it’s appropriate engagement with our country and all of their customers… as long as denial of the service would not harm someone due to the business owner’s religious beliefs. We are Americans in regards to the government and no religion should take precedence over another.
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