In which an excellent point in made:
Here’s my conundrum: if it is immoral, even criminal or civilly liable for these mom-and-pop Christian businesses to deny services based on their fundamental beliefs, why is it not also immoral or legally actionable for large corporations to refuse their services to the citizens of those states where those who govern choose to pass legislation to protect the religious freedoms of their citizenry?
If I’m a huge professional football fan living in Atlanta and the NFL people remove my city from contention for a near-future Super Bowl because they feel my state is discriminating against the transgendered, am I not the victim of discriminatory business practices on the part of the NFL? What about those organizations and corporations that cancel annual conferences and business meetings because of the actions of my state legislature? Aren’t these big corporations refusing to do business with my state simply because they consider our practices immoral, just as those bakeries, florists, and photographers see gays as immoral? Other than scale, I see little difference. (emphasis added)
The difference is that corporations that have succumbed to the ‘social justice’ imperative see nothing wrong with using their economic clout (or the heavy hand of the legal system) to bludgeon entire communities into abandoning their deeply held beliefs (not to mention the now not-so-common sense), while those same social justice warriors recoil in horror at the thought of a traditionalist saying or doing something that might simply be offensive to someone else. Remember, for these people it’s all about “my widdle feewings,” not good business practice, economic sense or even a firm grasp on reality. If the shareholders of PayPal and other companies jumping on the anti-North Carolina bandwagon had any sense, they’d demand the resignation of the corporate board for putting showmanship and social engineering above legitimate business interest.
The hypocrisy is even more pronounced when you consider how many of these virtue-signaling companies have no qualms at all doing business with places like Saudi Arabia, where being gay isn’t just occasionally inconvenient because of differences in belief — it’s often fatal.
Here’s hoping the various boycotts produce an environment in which alternatives to these would-be corporate bullies can flourish. Such alternatives are long overdue. Boycotts can work both ways, after all, and let’s hand it to Esquire for compiling a list of companies (and largely past-their-prime entertainers) conservatives should be breaking their ties with.
(Hat tip: Instapundit)