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I tried to put myself in the position of a business owner with “deeply held religious beliefs” being forced by the government to provide service to anyone requesting it.
Five out of the seven examples of your (Chris Daley’s) owner/customer scenarios were staged in restaurants and a bar. Was this column perhaps written just before your lunch break? Maybe low blood sugar was the culprit.
Business owners are people who sell things or services. Is it the role of the government to order its citizens to transact business? Would you really order the Muslim deli owner used in your example to make you a BLT sandwich? How about the other examples of eating food prepared by a cafe owner who objects to serving you? And a haircut? You might be wearing a hat for a while.
Mr. Daley, you underestimate the power of religious beliefs. They trump government regulations and restrictions when it contradicts their beliefs. Please study more history and eat something next time.
El Dorado Hills