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Religious Freedom or Discrimination

April 25, 2016

The debate continues…

Have you seen this sign at restaurants: “No shirt, no shoes, no service”? Or how about one that says, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”? What do these signs mean and why are we talking about them now? Simply put, these signs are saying that a place won’t serve food to certain types of people. Hey, if you’re not wearing a shirt or shoes, you can’t eat at this restaurant! Do places like restaurants have the right to do this? Yes, as long as they’re not discriminating (or treating someone differently) based on “race, color, religion, national origin or disability.” Well, how about if you are gay?

Some people think that it really shouldn’t matter who you are; no one should be discriminated against. Others, however, feel they should have the right to refuse service to whomever they choose based on their religious beliefs. This issue has been heavily debated and some states, cities, and even companies have taken a hard stance on which they think is right. Indiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi have signed House Bills that they say protect the people’s right to religious freedom. On the other hand, companies like Apple, Google, and PayPal have publicly said that they believe in equality for all and that these House Bills actually allow for discrimination against a specific group of people. What do you think?

Should business owners get to decide who enters their stores or not?
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