Libertarian Commentary #16-16 A, By Nathan Barton
My, but doesn’t this sound just a wee bit hypocrtical? Christian News.Net reports that a petition has been launched at Change.org to get people and government to recognize that the rocker Bruce Springsteen has a right to refuse service to people, even whole communities or states, who hold beliefs which he finds to be objectionable, or do things which he finds to be bad. There has been a lot of coverage recently of the law passed in North Carolina, which takes away the power of cities and counties to provide special privileges (“protections”) for transgender people who still have the various organs associated with the sex they were born with and don’t want to be. To show his disgust for this hideous action, and to punish the state and coerce them into repealing the law, Springsteen has joined a large number of entertainers, corporations, and various groups in boycotting the state: refusing service to those who don’t meet his standard of morality and behavior.
What makes this hypocritical is that it is the usual coalition of activists and supporters of “gay, lesbian, transgender [transexual], bisexual and questioning-sex” rights that Springsteen is joining. These are the people that force businesses to serve people who are or do something that the owners, managers, and usually employees of the business object to: whether it is “same-sex marriage” or adultery or fornication or saying that you support Trump for president. They claim that it is immoral and should be illegal to refuse service to someone who does not agree with the business’s morals or behaviors.
Yet this is precisely what Springsteen is doing: refusing service to EVERYONE in the venue (city, county, and state) that he was going to perform in because SOME of the people in that city, county, and state do not agree with what some people are doing because they believe it is immoral and presents a danger to some of the people in the state.
Of COURSE I support the petition to recognize that Springsteen has the same right to refuse to do business with someone he doesn’t agree with, just as EVERY person and business has the right to refuse to do business with anyone for any reason. It is just too bad that Springsteen, and every other progressive, transnational or international or national, can’t see how hypocritical they are in their words and deeds.
Mama’s Note: And all this boils down to the insanity of some people demanding to have control of other people. Nothing else makes any sense.
I can’t say I’ve ever even seen a “transexual,” though I’ve known a fair number of homosexual people, both personally and as a nurse. If they are minding their own business and harming nobody, I can’t see why it would matter to anyone otherwise. At the same time, I’ve seen in the “news” over the last several years where many of these same homosexuals want to take control of every situation and other people themselves. It’s the control that is wrong, not which side their door swings.