The Golden Girls Had it Right: The Case Against Religious Discrimination in Public Accommodation
In case you missed it earlier this week, I wrote about 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, an atheist and student at Cranston West High School. Last month she won a lawsuit against her school in trying to take down a banner with overt religious tones. After her victory, the Freedom from Religion Foundation attempted to send her flowers. The only problem? Every shop they contacted refused to accommodate the organization’s request.
This isn’t a new issue – religion has always been a hot button topic when it comes to businesses and public accommodation. Traditionally though, the excluded group hasn’t been atheists so much as Jewish people. In an episode of the hit series The Golden Girls, they actually tackled this very subject. Watch the video below and tell me whether you agree or disagree with the woman that “tolerates” the business’ discriminatory policies.Will you stand against a young woman’s rights? Or will you stand up and tell businesses they have to accommodate every religion equally? Here’s the video: