Should Businesses Refuse Services To Protest LGBT Legislation?

The issue of transgender bathroom use has been a divisive topic recently. There’s a wealth of commentary on nearly every side of the issue. There are even some sympathetic, nuanced perspectives that I think are profitable.

I don’t have much to add the primary conversation, but one thing that struck me was the protest from businesses and individuals.

Bruce Springsteen, PayPal, Disney, and others have boycotted or threatened action in response to legislation concerning transgender bathroom use and other LGBT issues.

Not surprisingly, there was a public response to those actions. These businesses and individuals were met with praise and criticism alike. Public policy issues like this draw plenty of commentary, but it’s always a mixed bag. My concern is not with the quantity of commentary, but the quality.

There seems to be some inconsistency in the attacks and affirmations.

The same people that currently praise these businesses criticized others standing up for their convictions. Likewise, the same people that currently criticize these businesses praised others for doing the same.

I immediately thought of the Christian baker controversy of last year. These bakers didn’t want to bake a cake for a homosexual marriage, as motivated by their beliefs.

Generally speaking, social liberals called these bakers bigoted, while social conservatives praised their convictions. The roles seem to have been reversed this time. Social conservatives call PayPal and others bullies, while social liberals applaud their actions.

This is an incredibly hypocritical stance on both sides.

If Christian bakers should have the right to refuse service other businesses should too. Similarly, if the Christian bakers are bigots for refusing service then other businesses are too.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

It’s totally unfair to ostracize one business for acting on its convictions while admiring another for doing the exact same thing. Social liberals and social conservatives are both guilty of this.

I suppose you can argue that only businesses with your beliefs and convictions should be able to boycott or refuse services. That’s a biased position, but you can hold it.

You cannot, however, argue that it is a business’s right to do so. If so, then other businesses you don’t agree with have license to protest as well.

Sometimes we might have to grit our teeth through a protest or boycott, even if we don’t agree with the beliefs behind it. Our beliefs may motivate a boycott or protest in the future.

So should businesses refuse services for their beliefs?

That’s a complicated question that I cannot answer for you. However, regardless of your stance on that question, you should be consistent in your answer.

What are you thoughts?


2 thoughts on “Should Businesses Refuse Services To Protest LGBT Legislation?

  1. To me this issue isn’t a matter of beliefs but of a lack of trust in humanity. I don’t trust that someone won’t claim to be male or female just to get a peak at the opposite sex. I don’t know that I would have a problem if a truly transgender male wanted to use the ladies room, but I fear people will abuse the right that has been granted to these transgender people. I don’t have a solution for them, other than praying they begin to find the truth of God about their identity. Perhaps I need to just start taking my friend’s stance and never go to the bathroom in public settings because now I don’t feel safe to do so.

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    1. Hey Freddie, thanks for for your comment.

      I was trying to speak to the larger picture, but I mostly agree. There is some misunderstanding (confusing transgender for transvestite, for example), but for the most part I see the legitimate objection to the gender neutral policies like those instituted at Target.

      I think most educated, reasonable people would say the safety risk doesn’t come from transgendered persons, but from those who will exploit the policy.

      Every public policy needs safeguards and balances, but it’s difficult to place those here. There is no private or practical way to screen people for bathroom use. It’s a tough issue for sure.

      Thanks for reading! I appreciate your thoughts.


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