Monday, June 25, 2018

We Don’t Want You Here!

When is it okay to discriminate?

Well a lot depends upon where you are and why you want to discriminate against a person. In many states you can discriminate against us with no legal repercussions.

In Washington DC it is against the law to discriminate against us and one restaurant didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they kicked out a trans woman, they soon learned how wrong they were.
A transgender woman was asked for her ID to use a restaurant's bathroom. When she refused, she says she got kicked out
By Jessica Campisi and Emily Smith,
June 25, 2018

CNN)When a transgender woman got up to use the woman's bathroom at a restaurant, she said she was asked to show her ID.

And when she refused, she said she got kicked out.
Charlotte Clymer, who identifies as female, works for the Human Rights Campaign. She said she was at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar in Washington on Friday with a group of friends for a bachelorette party.

Clymer wrote on Twitter that the group was having a good time. But things shifted when she and a friend went to use the bathroom.
The attendant told her that her ID needed to say "female" on it for her to use the women's bathroom, according to her account. She told him "that's nonsense" and kept walking.
According to Washington law, they said, you have to have "female" on your ID to use the women's bathroom.
WRONG! The restaurant learned how wrong they were…
Clymer called local police, and the officers who responded told her she was right about the law.
Cuba Libre apologized about the incident on Twitter.
Cuba Libre tweeted that it will re-train its entire staff to make sure something like this doesn't happen in the future. Its CEO has also reached out to Clymer and asked to speak with her, the statement said.
It would seem to me that businesses should know the law, it is nice that they are reaching out to Clymer to make amends but the thing is the damage has been done. Here is this group of people who wanted to celebrate the upcoming wedding but their night out on the town was ruined.

Now we have another case of discrimination but in this incident there was no  laws broken.
Sarah Sanders says she was kicked out of restaurant because she works for Trump
By Veronica Stracqualursi
June 24, 2018

Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner because she works for President Donald Trump.

"Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," Sanders posted on Twitter Saturday.

"Her actions say far more about her than about me," Sanders said. "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."
Then she tweeted on her official White House phone… a no, no. Huffington Post wrote in an article that,
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders violated ethics law when she used her official White House Twitter account to complain about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant, according to the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Sanders complained on her @PressSec Twitter account Saturday about the Red Hen restaurant that refused to serve her Friday, she tweeted, because “I work for @POTUS.” Restaurant owner Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post that Sanders was told to leave because the business has “certain standards” to uphold, “such as honesty and compassion and cooperation.”

Walter Shaub, who left the Trump administration a year ago after five years as head of the ethics office, posted an annoyed tweet in response to Sanders’ comment, pointing out that it’s a “clear violation” of federal ethics law to name a specific business with the intent of personal gain or retaliation. He compared Sanders’ White House tweet to a federal law enforcement officer who pulls out a badge at a restaurant in a similar situation.
A big Ops…

But the point of today’s morning post is discrimination; no matter what Sanders tweeted it is not against the law to discriminate because of politics.

The way I feel about this was summed up in a post on Vox,
I feel for White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. I’d be miffed, too, if I sat down with a group of friends to a spread of cheeses at a charming farm-to-table restaurant only to be asked to leave by the owner.
I happen to believe that food establishments should offer their goods to anyone willing to pay for them. Sanders does not. She thinks it’s okay, for example, for a business to hang a sign in their window saying they won’t serve gay couples. This is why, on one level, her very public dig at the owner of the Red Hen, which set off a torrent of hate tweets and threats her way, is ridiculous. It’s hypocrisy.

On another level, “restaurant-gate” is an example of the Trump administration’s unique commitment to courting divisiveness. Donald Trump doesn’t even pretend to speak to or for all Americans. Rhetorically, there hasn’t been a more disrespectful administration in 150 years. But when Sanders wants dinner, the White House is all for mutual respect. Either way, the base laps it up.
I believe the restaurant was wrong in not serving her but I also think it is hypocritical to think it is okay to discriminate against LGBTQ people but is wrong to be discriminate against political views.

The last case of discrimination…
Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Miscarriage Drug Over Personal Morals
The refusal came after Nicole Arteaga’s doctor told her that her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat.
By Nina Golgowski
June 24, 2018

After receiving word that her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat, it was hard to imagine how things could get worse for Nicole Arteaga, until they did.

The Arizona mother is speaking out after she said a Walgreens pharmacist refused to provide her with a prescription drug that would help her miscarry her deceased fetus, telling her that providing it would violate his personal beliefs. The company said on Sunday it is investigating the incident.
The 35-year-old said the pharmacist’s refusal at a Walgreens location in Peoria, Arizona, on Thursday came one day after her doctor informed her during a 10-week pregnancy checkup that her baby no longer had a heartbeat and had stopped developing, she told The Arizona Republic.
We have three cases of discrimination; the first was discrimination because of her gender identity, the second was because of politics, and the third case was because of religious beliefs. One case was illegal and two cases were ‘legal” discrimination.

So the question where do we draw the line?

Should it be illegal to discriminate based on politics?

Should it be illegal to use religious beliefs to justify discrimination?

Gender identity and sexual orientation are immutable biological factors; we were born with our gender identity and sexual orientation. We chose our politics and our religious beliefs.

I  think Walgreen policy was very generous in allowing a employees not to wait on people they don’t like for various reason. Me, I would have said you were hired to do a job so do it! Before I retired there was a person at work they always proselytized every time you walked into his office (he also ran a Bible study group during lunch) and I would never think of no going to him because he opposed my religious beliefs.

I personally believe it is wrong to discriminate for any reason when you run a place of public accommodation. I believe that you have to put your personal beliefs aside for the most part whether you bake cakes, you serve food, or you dispense drugs.

I believe when you open your doors to the public that it is implied to you will serve all of the public. if you don’t want to rent to biracial couple or an unmarried couple then don’t advertise in a secular newspaper advertise in in your religious organization and require them to be members of your church. But once you advertise in a secular newspaper you are inviting all people to apply for the room.

I believe that it is impossible to draw a line saying I will sell to these people and not these people.

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