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February 28, 2014

LEFFLER: Let businesses ban gays if they want

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Capitalism should be a two-way street. And if I have the right to shop where I want, shop owners should have the right to accept my money — or not. Allowing them to be openly discriminatory makes it easier for me to decide where to spend my money.

If I were to go to a florist, grocery store, barber or bubble gum shop, only to be greeted by a sign that says “we reserve the right to discriminate against gays, Asians, and people with red hair,” I know not to spend my money there. Why would I want to assist someone so un-American in fulfilling the American dream? I wouldn’t.

If we not only allow, but force bigots to hide their hatred, we run the risk of giving money to people who could, in turn, take that money and use it to promote their agenda of hatred, through campaign contributions to like-minded bigots or some other nefarious means. I’d rather know that the person I’m giving my hard-earned money to is using it for good.

So let the bigots be open with their hatred. It will only make it easier for those of us who live in the 21st century to promote our common ideals at the exclusion of those who prefer to live in the dark ages.

Scott Leffler is an open-minded capitalist living in a world full of diminishing, closed-minded people. He invites -- but would never force -- you to follow him on Twitter @scottleffler.

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