So, discrimination on the basis of religion is a black hole. When asked to clarify this position, Gary Johnson, the nominee from the libertarian party for POTUS, responded that freedom of religion allows for people to shoot people. He also tried and bring up the utility model which, in all reality is a semi-state run industry because of the nature of natural monopolies and does not apply to the service industry.
Here are my reasons, Mr. Johnson, why freedom of religion is not oppressive.
Discrimination is a Fundamental Part of Liberty
Liberty essentially is the absence of force, of violence. It is letting individual people have the freedom to govern their own lives and property, for better or worse, regardless of the non-violent decisions those people make. In a free society then, all transactions are voluntary, all exchanges of goods and services are done by consent, with the seller and the buyer knowingly making a trade with all cards on the table for a price both can agree on. In any system, where the buyer, or the seller, is forced to make the transaction without consent, then absolutely there is no freedom and the system will progressively become a totalitarian system resulting in mass looting and mooching and destruction. There can be no moral world in that where people are forced to sell to someone they do not want to sell to regardless of the reason.
Private Business is “Property”
According to the most fundamental level of being a libertarian, or a believer in the philosophy of liberty, is that we own ourselves and our property. It is well understood that businesses have owners. An owner of a business is often someone who took on great risk and challenge and overcame great obstacles and also has great skill or vision and drive and also has their niche or their population or costumer base that they are specifically trying to serve.
Because business is private, it fundamentally means then that the owner of the business has a right to deny service regardless of reason. If their entire business is set up to serve men, then they have an inherent, God given right that all libertarians since the enlightenment have recognized to then just serve men. If a cemetery only serves Catholics, then that is it, they do not bury the dead of any other faith of any kind. In many way, this for f religious decimation is a very good thing because it allows the buyer to find a seller who specifically caters to their needs. Every religion is different and has different tastes, customs, cultures, and other variety of oddities. A business that sets up to only serve a specific type of religion is probably run by people born into that business or culture and they are going to be expert at that form of service.
Gay weddings are pretty new. The wedding industry as a whole is probably not prepared for this new addition to its market. This means there is some blank space or a vacuum ready to be filled. What a great opportunity in a free and open market for gays to start businesses to cater specifically to a gay wedding. Who better can serve the community? Demand shifted, let a new supplier arise. It is almost criminal to force a static and traditional part of the community to change against its will. It’s not prepared, it’s not willing, and on so many levels, how can any American expect a baker, a photographer, a planner, a caterer to be forced to do a service against their will? In any event, is this not akin to slavery? Literally, isn’t that basically a form of slavery? Even if there is payment made, does the provider feel any different than those slaves working for Masters back in Rome in 50B.C.? As most assuredly, slaves were used to build their masters homes and host their master’s parties.
We are Now a Service Based Economy
The last 50 years have not been good for the American economy. It went from a profit driven, savings and investment and production economy to a hollowed out debt driven, consumer and service economy. This means, that for a modern day American citizen to make money, they most likely will have to engage in a service type activity in order to stay alive. This also means that work and personal life become much more integrated. Let’s say a Christian is minting gold at a factory, they do not know what the gold is going to be used for or for most other commodity level goods a Christian may be engaged in from steel, to cars, to you name it. But those jobs are no longer around. Today, the jobs are providing completed goods and services to others. This means that work and personal life are much closer related to each other than they were before. This also means that personal beliefs get challenged a lot more in today’s economy. For example, operating on Sunday, if the old factory was closed on the weekends, it is just the culture but if a photography business does not work on Sundays, then it probably means they are Christian. What I am trying to say here is that religion is fundamentally tied into today’s economy in a way it wasn’t in the past. So if we are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion then we cannot be in the service sector and therefore, we cannot survive.
Is that the essence of libertarianism? To force sexual orientations, progressive and other possibly adherent views and practices on those who do not feel comfortable, whatsoever doing or participating in events because of a hatred of personal belief or else death?
Religion is Liberty, it is Politics, it is Life
For a libertarian to declare that discrimination on the basis of religion is bad, they seem to miss the grand irony that believing in the philosophy of liberty is most libertarians religion! The truth is that when many individuals adopt an actual belief in religion, they realize that most church’s and faiths are oppressive in nature and in doctrine and instead of seeking out a church or faith that teaches doctrines compatible with God and liberty, they simply let God go and fill the void. This literally means that being a libertarian is many libertarians religion. So if a libertarian begins to do online marketing for other libertarian alternative media outlets, by Gary Johnsons own logic, those marketers should be forced and compelled, by the state, morally, to make those libertarian marketers do marketing for blatant statist. For companies that are putting out lies and propaganda to promote principles religiously opposed by libertarians because this in a sense is a religious belief and therefore the state must compel the libertarian to provide service against their wishes and desires.
How, in all of sanity, is this liberty and freedom? It is not, it is shear oppression on a massive or grand level and yet this is the new standard of liberty in America.