THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS BUSINESS: MEMORIES PIZZA AND ALLOWING THE FREE MARKETS TO BE FREE
There is a bit of a firestorm in both Indiana and Arkansas regarding the recent bills that have been passed in their respective state legislatures regarding religious freedom. In reality these bills are designed to make a privileged class of people who profess a religion that would allow them to discriminate against people they feel are sinners in certain circumstances. Let me be clear here. In all circumstances that allow “Christian” businesses like Memories Pizza in tiny Walkerton, Indiana to make money they should make money. That is generally why people go into business to provide a quality product or service to make a profit. That’s capitalism 101.
Now, after a run of victories for civil rights in regard to the LGBT community, small businesses run by person with deeply held religious beliefs are now becoming adamant about defying the golden rule of capitalism and making the powerbrokers of the GOP lose sleep at night. Memories Pizza has decided to refuse to cater any event related to a same sex marriage. Their religious beliefs, in line with most members of ISIS I might add, are more important than profit. That makes these people a special sort of hypocrite because the young lady who spoke for the pizza shop says she would have no problem serving gay or lesbian or transgender people otherwise.
I feel the Progressives who are shocked at this retrograde moment of bigotry should step back and think this situation through. Most people in America are horribly confused about RFRAs right now. The federal law is nothing like what was passed by Indiana and Arkansas. Those bills codify bigotry on an individual level into law. The federal law protected rituals that were around long before America was a republic.
Oklahoma Rep Emily Virgin had a solution for all of this. Owners of flower shops, bakeries, pizza shops and any other business that caters to the wedding industry should just put up a sign in their store window that says, “Based on my deeply held religious beliefs, this enterprise will not serve anyone having a same sex marriage.” I think that would solve the problem in most cities with large populations quickly and in places where intolerance is de facto because they are in some flyover flyspeck, well . . . it’s almost a matter of who cares.
Memories Pizza has gotten some good press in conservative circles from this and they will likely be a forgotten footnote of this struggle in decades to come. But what I want to convey in this post is that there are those brave enough to fight against the Progressive cause and stand up for their beliefs. i wish the family that owns this place Peace–despite the fact that think they are wrong.
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