Posted by Curt on 8 December, 2022 at 3:09 pm. 7 comments already!


By Ace

I imagine that Kristen Clarke, the race-hustling white-hating head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights division who claimed in college thesis papers that blacks were a genetically superior race to whites, will spring right into action on this one.
Don’t you?

A Virginia-based conservative Christian advocacy group was turned away from a local restaurant just an hour before their reservation last week.A representative of the Family Foundation said he was frustrated after the group was turned away from Metzger Bar and Butchery last Wednesday. The group claims the refusal had to do with their religious beliefs.
Foundation, one of the owners of Metzger called a representative of the Family Foundation about an hour before the reservation time, saying that the group would not be dining in the restaurant.
“We’ve had events at restaurants all over the city and never encountered a situation like this,” Gathje said. “It’s no secret that we are very much engaged in the public policy debate on a number of controversial issues. But we never expected that we would be denied service at a restaurant based on our religious values or political beliefs.”
For businesses like restaurants, federal and state laws do not allow discrimination based on protected classes such as race, religion, sex and more, as defined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It’s not yet clear if this incident falls under one of those protected classes.
In a Facebook post the following day, Metzger wrote that the restaurant has “very rarely refused service to anyone who wished to dine with us.”
Facebook post by Metzger on Thursday explaining their refusal to serve the Family Foundation.
However, the restaurant added, “We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff feel uncomfortable and unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision.”
The restaurant noted that many staff members were LGBTQ or women and that it believed the Family Foundation “seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ persons of their basic rights in Virginia.”

So “feeling uncomfortable” or “unsafe” around minorities or certain groups is grounds to refuse them service…?
Good to know. Good to fuckin’ know! Because I know some people may feel “uncomfortable” among certain sexual minorities, particularly those of recent vintage, and some people, particularly shop-owners, may feel “unsafe” if some racial minorities are in their store.
Is this now license to refuse entry?
Or are we just declaring that it’s open season on whites and Christians and straights?
No no, don’t tell me, I’ve already guessed the answer.
David Strom compares this case to 303 Creative. In that case, the Court is deciding whether designing a website is like just selling someone your stock in trade — which you’re not allowed to discriminate against people when doing — or being coerced into speaking a political message you disagree with.
That is, Masterpiece Bakeshop could not refuse to sell a gay person a cake that was available on its shelves, but could refuse to participate in the planning and theming of a specially-made gay wedding cake, as that involved them creatively and expressively in the gay wedding — which they have a First Amendment right to refuse to do.
And here? At Metzger?
Plainly, this is a paradigmatic case of just serving someone your stock in trade with no endorsement at all of their message. They’re not designing special Christian Dishes for these customers. They’re just being asked to serve their regular board of fare, as the would for anyone else.
And they were refused, because they’re Christian, and therefore make gays feel “uncomfortable” and “unsafe.”
And yet, we will not see any hue and cry from the left about this.

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