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Businesses with standards

by Greg Krehbiel on 22 April 2014

The logic behind the “you must bake a cake for a homosexual wedding” thing is that if you make your services available to the public, you can’t discriminate.

I was just thinking about doing a fiverr.com gig to promote one of my ebooks. In the description of the gig it says …

I reserve the right to refuse any title.

It makes perfect sense for her to do that. She has a twitter audience and a facebook audience and there are subjects she might want to avoid.

I can’t imagine she would object to one of my books, but if she were to, should I sue?

What if she was a Jehovah’s Witness and didn’t want to promote non-JW books? Or what if she was a vegan and didn’t want to promote books about meat? Shouldn’t she have the right to have those standards?

-- 2014-04-22  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 2

  1. Ken Crawford
    22 April 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    While I completely agree with you, the difference between gays and vegans is that gays managed to get legislation passed at the federal level that makes them a low level protected class. Thus discrimination against them has a higher standard to clear before it’s legal.

    This is a case where the American public got hoodwinked into agreeing to one thing (preventing bigots from denying gays housing or groceries) but getting something far more sinister (being legally unable to object to their lifestyle by refusing to do business with them when it is relevant to their lifestyle and not their generic humanity).

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    22 April 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    Good point, Ken. People often think that you “can’t discriminate,” but that’s not true. You can discriminate — just not against certain protected classes.