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@ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs


@98Y6PLWfrom Maine  commented…2 days

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.

@ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs

No, all customers deserve to be treated equally

@98QKTQNPeace and Freedom from Missouri commented…2wks


So if you owned a business and someone disrespected you, you would still want them in your store? didn't think so.

@ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs

@ISIDEWITHDiscuss this answer...8yrs

Yes, but the owner must post a sign stating their beliefs and what they refuse

@5L8MPRKfrom New York  answered…2yrs

Yes so long as the denial is based solely upon the request and not the customer. I would not expect a devout religious baker to consent to baking "dick" cakes.

@5L48S8Zfrom California  answered…2yrs

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.

@5CKGWBXfrom New York  answered…2yrs

@4YSDTVQfrom Maine  answered…2yrs

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

@5CXXB7Lfrom New York  answered…2yrs

Flip the question. Customers can respect religious beliefs and not expect services that conflict with owners beliefs.

@4XD552Wfrom North Dakota  answered…2yrs

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.

@4YSSVXKfrom Wisconsin  answered…2yrs

No, once a person opens a business they are subject to non-discrimination laws just as everyone else.

@4YRYK7Bfrom Maine  answered…2yrs

@98ZGJ87 from Texas answered…8hrs

No but with an exception for cases of artistic expression, like a baker baking custom cales or a custom website designer.

@98Z2BGBDemocrat from Florida answered…1 day

@98YN8P7 from Michigan answered…1 day

Only if the request itself violates their religion, not an aspect of the customer such as sexuality.

@98YBRL2 from Washington D.C. answered…2 days

Yes, but not if the reason to deny service falls within a protected class of human.

@98XZSP6 from Texas answered…2 days

I don't advise shopping there in the first place, especially if it's food service.

@98XT5R7 from New York answered…3 days

It’s morally wrong to refuse service, but it is an infringement upon the constitutional rights of the owner to force service.

@98XRNRL from Massachusetts answered…3 days

@98XPVNJ from Virginia answered…3 days

Yes, if a private business. They can choose who or what to deny, but also have to deal with the consequences.

@98X7TSK from New York answered…4 days

@98X6ZQD from Maryland answered…4 days

@98WXD35 from Texas answered…5 days

@98WVRFG from New York answered…5 days

yes, but only in limited cases, such as where the business owners personal attendance is required at an event repugnant to his religious beliefs

@98WHZX9Republican from Indiana answered…6 days

@98WC2PC from Texas answered…7 days

Businesses should be able to set what they provide but should not deny any offered service for any reason.

@98W7CKQ from New York answered…1wk

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).

@98W2H8P from Hawaii answered…1wk

Depends on how they refuse it. They must be "polite" about it and give them other options. They also should state their beliefs somewhere visable.

@98VN5KP from Massachusetts answered…1wk

Consumers should reserve the right to take their business elsewhere.

@98T9KV3 from Illinois answered…1wk

yes, I believe that the business owner should higher whoever they want but I also believe that people should be treated equally.

@98T6HVF from Iowa answered…1wk

This is an personal opinion type of answer, Depends on how religions and the community that the small business is in.

@98SXMJW from Texas answered…2wks

No, unless the service necessarily relates to a religious activity

@98SRY34Independent from Tennessee answered…2wks

Yes, only for small private businesses and the owner should state what they believe and what they refuse

@98S4ZQV from Alabama answered…2wks

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.

@98S44J9 from Texas answered…2wks

@98RM86BLibertarianfrom Pennsylvania  answered…2wks

Yes, but only for contracted services not general services or goods sales.

@98RKJGC from Florida answered…2wks

@98RCVPP from Kentucky answered…2wks

@98RCJHZ from Pennsylvania answered…2wks

Yes, if it isn't something covered by the list under equal opportunity employer

@98R54K7Democrat from Nevada answered…2wks

@98QYKP7 from Maryland answered…2wks

Yes, but only if denial is not based on membership in a protected class

@98PXCTH from New Mexico answered…3wks

The conversation around this issue is lacking nuance, especially regarding the weaponization of hateful ideology under the guise of religious beliefs, absence of consensus among practitioners, and lack of accountability regarding insincere practice


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