Oklahoma Democrat Comes Up With Genius Move To Expose Businesses That Discriminate

oklahoma-state-rep-emily-vIt’s no secret that most Republicans are doing just about everything they possibly can to deny homosexuals equal rights. Despite the fact that legally they’re losing badly, this reality has seemingly only made conservatives even more desperate to find all sorts of ridiculous ways in which to prevent members of the LGBT community from being granted their Constitutional rights.

While there’s nothing funny about these continued attempts to violate the rights of millions of Americans, the pathetic way many Republicans have gone about trying to convince themselves that they’re not fighting a losing battle has been comical.

One of the most recent trends by conservatives (one that will almost certainly be overturned once these laws are properly challenged in court) is to pass these so-called “religious freedom” bills that are basically nothing more than a “legal” path for discrimination against homosexuals by allowing businesses to claim it is “against their religion.”

Just like with same-sex marriage bans, these laws will never be upheld in court. They literally open the door for any business owner to deny business to just about anyone based upon “religious beliefs.” While these laws are clearly aimed at homosexuals, they could easily be applied to people of other religions or nationalities.

In other words, these laws are completely absurd.

Well, a Democrat in Oklahoma, state Rep. Emily Virgin, has developed a genius move to counter this cowardly ignorance by adding an amendment to one of these “religious freedom” bills that would require businesses to publicly post anti-LGBT notices announcing whether or not they plan to discriminate.

“Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites,” the amendment states.

“The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.”

It only makes sense, right? If you’re so proud of your faith that you feel you should have the right to discriminate against someone because of it, it would only stand to reason that these particular businesses would be proud to publicly boast that they’re planning to discriminate against Americans.

While this amendment doesn’t negate the ignorance of those who believe that discrimination should be legal based upon religious beliefs, I still admire this move by Rep. Virgin. It’s easy for these businesses to try to hide their ignorance when random customers might not know whether or not they’re bigots, but when they are forced to publicly admit that they support discrimination, something tells me that’s not going to be “good for business.”

Honestly, I can’t imagine what sort of “logical” argument Republicans could use against this amendment. Though, as most rational Americans know, “logic” and the GOP rarely go together. Either way, if these businesses are so passionate about their religious convictions, then I can’t imagine why a single one of them would be ashamed to post their intentions to discriminate proudly based on those convictions.

It will be interesting to see how this amendment is handled going forward, because to reject such an amendment would prove that not only are these people bigots, but they’re cowards as well.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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