Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed the owner of a Colorado bakery who was recently found to have violated the state's non-discrimination law by refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, asking if he believed his rights had been violated by efforts to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination.
During the segment - which featured a graphic declaring "The Death Of Free Enterprise" - Hasselbeck asked Phillips why he believed he shouldn't have to abandon his "personal religious beliefs just to make a buck."
This country was not founded on the principle that local businesses can discriminate against anyone they choose because of race, creed or color. Notice how Elisabeth 'The Homophobe' Hassellbeck monetizes her disapproval with the law.
Hassellbeck: And ultimately even though things have gotten kind of harsh for you there in terms of response, have you changed your stance at all, and why is it important for you to have a business and not have to abandon your personal religious beliefs just to make a buck?
First of all, to conservatives, making a buck takes a back seat to nobody, but as a business owner there is a responsibility to the community they serve.
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As the judge in who issued the decision in Phillip's case made clear, requiring business owners who operate in the public market to abide by non-discrimination laws isn't a violation of the business owner's religious liberty or free speech rights. Business owners like Phillips may have a personal aversion to serving gay customers, but personal animus - even when it is based in sincerely held religious beliefs - isn't a good enough reason to discriminate against an entire group of customers.
A racist business owner, for example, would be prohibited under Colorado law from refusing to bake a cake for the wedding ceremony of a non-white couple.
Not serving blacks was acceptable during the Jim Crow days, you Neanderthals, but in today's America, discrimination is not being tolerated. It's nice to see some progress in this country on something.