Just in from hate group leader Tony Perkins:
If Kanye West wears his “Make America Great Again” hat to a New York City bar, beware! He might not be served. When a Trump supporter sued The Happiest Hour for saying he wasn’t welcome, a Manhattan judge sided with the bar. As far as the court is concerned, if a business wants to bounce conservatives, it’s welcome to.
The incident happened in West Village the month Trump was inaugurated. Greg Piatek was in town to visit the 9/11 memorial and said he wore his MAGA hat to The Happiest Hour to grab a drink. Instead, what he got was kicked out! According to his testimony, a staffer told him, “Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!”
The 31-year-old accountant took the bar to court, saying it “offended his sense of being American.” That may be, Justice David Cohen pointed out, but there’s no law on the books protecting against political discrimination. As ridiculous (and ill-advised) as it may be to turn away conservatives, we support the owners’ right to operate how they see fit. If liberals want to hurt themselves by alienating customers, that’s their choice. But it should also be a choice that Christians are allowed to make when it comes to things like same-sex weddings.
When Christians try to exercise the same freedom that Sophie Theallet did when she refused to dress the First Lady, they’re threatened with thousands of dollars, jail time, or both! I’m fine with designers declining to dress the Trumps or bars refusing service to Republicans — but I’m not fine with the double standard.
Like most conservatives, I may disagree with Theallet and The Happiest Hour, but I support their right of conscience. No one should be forced to give up their constitutional rights to do their job. But instead of singling out conservatives for punishment, it’s time to apply the same freedom to everyone. The Left cannot continue to light a same-sex unity candle with the match it’s taking to the First Amendment. Tolerance is for everyone — or it isn’t tolerance at all.