Thursday, May 21, 2015

Some animals are more equal...

Sorry for the lack of blogging this week!  I’ve had no shortage of things to blog about, but unfortunately I have had a shortage of time in which to do it.

But I couldn’t let Rod Dreher’s latest Tales from the New Order go without comment.  As Rod writes, a jeweler in Canada custom-made “engagement” rings for a lesbian couple--who then went ballistic and  demanded their money back simply because the jeweler opposes same-sex marriage:
Let’s understand what happened here. This Christian jeweler agreed to custom-make engagement rings for a lesbian couple, knowing that they were a couple, and treated them politely. But when they found out what he really believed about same-sex marriage, even though the man gave them polite service, and agreed to sell them what they asked for, the lesbian couple balked, and demanded their money back — and the mob threatened the business if they didn’t yield. Which, of course, he did.
You understand, of course, that this is not about getting equal treatment. The lesbian couple received that. This is about demonizing a point of view, and driving those who hold it out of the public square. Just so we’re clear about that.
I bought some olive oil not long ago at a tiny grocery store owned by an Arab Muslim immigrant. If I find out that the merchant supports ISIS, am I entitled to declare my jug of olive oil tainted, and demand a refund? Is a fundamentalist Christian permitted to send her osso buco back to the kitchen if she discovers that homosexual hands cooked it? Of course not. Some delicate snowflakes are more delicate than others.

As I post this, Rod has yet to approve any comments, so let me go way, WAY out on a limb and predict what at least a few of the comments will be:

1. This article is about Canada, not America.  Your argument is invalid.

2. This guy posted “anti-equality” signs in his jewelry store (e.g., a sign that read, according to the article, “The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let’s keep marriage between a man and a woman.” Which is an intolerable and hateful opinion that only bigots would say out loud, don’t you know).  Therefore he deserved whatever happened to him.

3. No government agency has (as of yet) investigated him for a hate crime, forced him to remove his sign, or forced him to give the lesbians their money back.  Sure, he was getting bullying and threats from people who heard that this guy was a bigot, but nobody made him do anything, so what’s the problem?  Deciding to comply with the mob when the mob threatens you is exactly the same thing as freedom.

4. Bigots don’t have the right to post bigoted opinions and get left alone by the mob.  It is clearly hateful bigotry to express support for one-man, one-woman marriage, and anybody who believes that marriage is between a man and a woman doesn’t belong in any wedding related industries. Photographers, cake bakers, caterers, and now jewelers better take note, and if bridal shops aren’t now stocking wedding gowns to fit male brides who are 6’5” and weigh 300 pounds they will also deserve what happens to them when the trans community comes after them for their bigotry.

5. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

No, wait, nobody will actually post #5.  Because that’s far too revealing of what is going on here.

5 comments:

John InEastTX said...

I'd have more sympathy for the shop owner if he had made his views known up front. I'd have more sympathy for the couple getting civilly married if they had said, "keep the deposit".

L. said...

Wait, it's still okay for "the mob" to drive abortion clinics out of business, though, right?

Red Cardigan said...

False comparison, L. Abortion clinics exist to kill babies. People who don’t think babies should be killed and are horrified by abortion clinics pray and protest outside abortion clinics. This jeweler was in the business of selling jewelry. It’s not like the mob was horrified that he sells jewelry, or even that he refused to custom make a pair of “engagement” rings for lesbians--he did NOT refuse, but made the damned things. He just did so while guilty of heteronormative thoughts.

The closest comparison would be a pro-life woman demanding her OB refund her money because he donates to “Babykillers R Us” or something. I’m pretty sure the OB would just laugh at her.

John InEastTX said...

Meanwhile, in Ireland...

L. said...

I agree, selling jewelry is different from performing abortions, but the "mob" pressures can be very similar: People do more than simply pray outside clinics. Some vandalize, some threaten violence, and a few actually carry it out. Some landlords don't want to rent to clinics, not because they personally oppose what is still a legal medical procedure, but just because they don't want to deal with the protesters & threats of harm.

If you read more about the case in Canada, you find some of the gay rights groups condemning the threats (as civilized people should):
http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2015-05-18/article-4150483/Jeweller-says-he-has-been-bullied,-threatened/1