Conservatives have no defense for the RFRA that was passed in Indiana, just platitudes spewed with their typical level of thought: It keeps black store owners from having to sell to the KKK! Jews don’t have to sell to Neo-Nazis! MiniTru has kicked up its propaganda in defense of the bill, but while Conservatives on the internet may be lying to themselves, but the bigots on the streets aren’t.
When the Indianapolis morning radio talk show Kyle & Rachel on RadioNOW 100.9 asked listeners to weigh in on the new anti-gay law signed on Thursday, they were shocked by the honesty of one caller, Ryan, who says he owns a local restaurant.
Ryan readily and happily admitted that he discriminates against gay people. While he refused to identify the restaurant he owns and manages, he nevertheless told the audience that he’s sure he’ll make more money if he turns away gay customers, because he’d rather they leave than the anti-gay customers leave.
He even shared one story where he described a seemingly gay couple who entered near closing. Rather than make them something, however, he says he lied to them, and told them something was broken in the kitchen. Never mind that they were likely his last customers for the night, it’s because he wants to make more money.
Even more telling is that he’s happy that he can legally discriminate against gays, and he’s not the only one. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that White Americans were using Christianity to justify banning blacks from their places of business. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., the case that started this, was the Plessy v. Ferguson of the 21st century, and “Religious Freedom” the “Separate but Equal” Plessy enforced.
I wonder how long it’ll take before we start hearing about Christians who finally find the intestinal fortitude to act on their racism and ban blacks? Biblical literalism was developed directly to defend slavery, after all; there’s a long history of racism behind that theology. The right wants us to think that the law keeps Black and African Americans from having to serve KKK members, but I’d like to remind you that the KKK weren’t as likely to visits those businesses as they were to torch them and lynch the owners.
And then there’s the very nature of being a minority: you’re at the mercy of the majority. Black and gay business owners, being a minority, can’t afford to turn away every white person who might be a KKK member (because other than white, what’s the unifying racial feature of the KKK?) or customer who might be a homophobe. Meanwhile, blacks — or gays, or transpeople, or Asians, or Muslims — are a minority, so white business owners can turn them away without problem.
So tell me again this bill isn’t about discrimination.
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