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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  • wendy

    There is a grocery store on my neighborhood where I used to shop. They then started posting signs on their windows, and it wasn’t the daily specials.
    The signs spewed ridiculous political nonsense. I am assuming i’ m not the only one to stop shopping there. Why would a business want to turn away customers?
    These business owners should change their day jobs :/

    • I Flunked Flank

      Well their doors are still open, maybe they gained more business than they lost, maybe that was a good business move. Kudos to them for being brave and bold…

      • wendy

        Interesting take. I’ve been under the impression that the grocery store may be a cover for other types of ‘businesses’; they were never very busy and have been wondering how threy’ve lasted this long. I just think political views have nothing to do with grocery shopping. There are voting booths and organizations for that. Unless they don’t need the $$, why would they want to turn away business by appealing to a limited public?


    The yellow Star of David comes next. Wait for it…

    • Cemetery Girl

      Ah, the unfair discrimination of publicly calling out the discrimination of others. So unfair to state that if the owners of a business wants to discriminate they should have a sign up stating they will do so. If they feel their discrimination is right then they should have no fear of loss of business because their discrimination is public. They feel it’s the right thing to do, that others that follow those beliefs will be supportive of their correct actions, so what is the problem with posting a notice? It can’t be argued that it is a method of singling out Christians for discrimination because not all Christians opposed homosexuality. Some Christians accept people that are different and even embrace them as members of their churches. So no, we can’t argue that disclosing discriminatory practices is an act to punish Christians.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        “Ah, the unfair discrimination of publicly calling out the discrimination of others.”

        I’d call that harassment. This is what you do. In fact there’s talk that these left wing deviant organizations may fall under RICO when the time is right. The next President will have a memo book as well. What’s been done can be undone and we’re going to do it for the children. Girls like you specifically.

        Note to the dummies in Houston…..By the way the next one of you little left wing vandals messes with my “Palin Rocks” bumper sticker I’m really going to take it out on you because of your little Goth looking girlfriend over there.

      • BB-Mystic

        Your second paragraph makes absolutely no sense. “Talk” by whom? “The next President will have a memo book”? I don’t think Hillary Clinton will do anything like that. “What’s been done can be undone”? Not if it’s a Supreme Court decision that finds discrimination unconstitutional, it can’t.

        “We’re going to do it for the children. Girls like you specifically”? Despite her moniker, I think Cemetery Girl is a grown woman. As am I. I don’t want you doing ANYTHING for me, thank you.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Yes, yes of course…
        I hate spring break.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Spring break has perk and drawbacks. No having to get the kids up and herded out for school, but it’s still to cold and muddy for them to run off their energy outside. Summer they can go out and play, but spring is just chilly and muddy.

      • I Flunked Flank

        Hillary Clinton… good one! That makes me laugh.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Businesses putting up notices that they will not serve certain groups is harassed by stating they won’t serve those groups? How is that harassing the business? They should be glad to proudly dissuade types of customers they refuse to serve from even entering. If their business practices are harmful to their business, well that’s just the consequences of poor business choices in a free market.
        I’m not sure if you think that liberals or LGBT will be brought down by the RICO Act, but I don’t see that happening. As for protecting kids, I try to teach mine not to hate people based on judgments.
        As for your bumper sticker, that is unfortunate. While I wouldn’t want that one, it is still wrong to deface your bumper sticker. There’s some rude people out there though. I had a magnet stolen off my car. (Why anyone would want to steal a 12″x12″ magnet advertising a business, who knows.)

    • Lucy Zkywalker

      Would you call it discrimination if someone owned a business that didn’t serve Christians?

      • I-RIGHT-I

        In Texas we call that suicide.

      • Lucy Zkywalker

        But it is discrimination?

      • Sydney

        No. It’s their right

  • Soren

    Great idea. It’s perfect for a bill like this.

    Now one has to wonder why any religious person would be hesitant to hang a sign like that in their place of business. After all your God will protect you, provide for you, and love your judgmental hatred. Promise!

  • Adam Black

    Allow Bigots to discriminate
    AND allow them Publicly advertise that to stigmatize people
    ( “No Irish need apply” )

    This seriously has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.
    Remember, this is in Oklahoma.

    Putting up signs that allow endorsement of Prejudices in a deep redstate is so fucking stupid. This legislator must think she lives a liberal fairy land, where its more publicly shameful to be a bigot.