Sarah Huckabee Sanders was refused service at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. And conservatives reacted as if Sanders had been boiled in oil by marauding MS-13 gang members. But was their hysteria justified?

Mike Huckabee. sire of the benighted press secretary, was quick to offer his immoral support of his mendacious offspring. On Twitter, he offered this nasty and dismissive attack on the eatery:

Gov. Mike Huckabee‏@GovMikeHuckabee

Bigotry. On the menu at Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington VA. Or you can ask for the “Hate Plate”.  And appetizers are “small plates for small minds”

It is an odd sentiment form someone who has gone to the mat defending the religious freedom of people to discriminate against gays.

I have no idea how you can justify denying service to people based on sexuality when you think it is beyond the pale to deny them service based on their politics.

Sanders also had thoughts on her banishment.

 Sarah Sanders‏@PressSec

Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.

Let’s have a look at her statement. Firstly, there is the snide suggestion that she is faultless and polite, while the owner has some explaining to do. Sanders casts the owner as the sinner in the situation while she is a victim of an unwarranted expulsion. But hasn’t Sanders supported the same behavior among the religious?

Secondly, in the face of all daily televised evidence to the contrary, Sanders claims she does her best to treat people she disagrees with respectfully. Anyone watching her press briefings can’t fail to notice her acerbic and dismissive rejoinders to reporters. But let’s take her at her word, that it is her best. In which case her best is a dismal show — a failing grade.
Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen, isn’t backing down. In talking with the Washington Post she said she would do it again. And she has her money where her mouth is. The Sanders were a party of eight. In a restaurant the size of the Red Hen turning them away would surely make a noticeable dent in the night’s take.
Wilkinson then told the newspaper what she had said to Sanders.
“I was babbling a little, but I got my point across in a polite and direct fashion,” Wilkinson said. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation…I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’ ”

Is there anything in “ honesty, and compassion, and cooperation” that wouldn’t meet with Jesus’ approval?

The moral of the story is clear. If society carves out an exception to the rules for ‘sincerely held beliefs’ in the free flow of the market, then I don’t know where you draw the line.

In the current state of play, Wilkinson is entitled to and justified in giving Sanders the boot. But the better solution is to get rid of commerce by conscience. If you own a business you shouldn’t be allowed to ban customers based on any group affiliation — whether it be sexuality, politics, race, religion, ethnicity, gender and the rest.

Which doesn’t mean you can’t enforce “no shirt, no shoes, no service” and prohibit drunks and other anti-social types.

Finally, let’s consider one other time Mike Huckabee made a stupid observation. In defending ‘religious freedom’ he brought up Jewish dietary laws. And in doing so said that requiring a storekeeper to support gay marriage is like:

“asking somebody who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”

No law mandates what a store must or must not sell. You can be a baker and not sell wedding cakes. Auto parts stores cannot be required to sell knitting supplies. And no Jewish deli has to sell bacon-wrapped shrimp. But if for some reason they decide to, they shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who they sell to.

Discrimination isn’t in picking what you sell, but in restricting who you sell it to. And either you support discrimination or you don’t.


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The scandals of the Catholic Church are well known. To this day the church is still acceding to multi-million dollar settlements  — the latest is a $210 million agreement between the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and 450 victims of priestly abuse. But the Catholics are hardly alone either in producing abusers or in concealing their abuse. Evangelicals are their […]

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Anti-Semitism 2.0: Evangelicals Find Jews Useful Today and Disposable Tomorrow.

May 15, 2018

Pastor Robert Jeffress is a prominent evangelical. He was on hand to lead prayers at the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. His presence illustrates an intrinsic and callous sadism of evangelical philosophy. Especially when it comes to their eschatology — or their understanding of end times. Let me explain. Evangelicals believe that for the second coming of […]

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Caitlyn Jenner Lectures the British Parliament on Transgenderism. How We Got Here.

May 10, 2018

Sex, sexuality and gender identity are all matters of supreme interest and intense fear. How much of the fear is learned behavior, and how much is innate, a more knowledgeable mind than mine will have to decide. Regardless, the history of religion would be incomplete without a lot of time devoted to the subject. Sometimes, as with […]

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Evangelicals Rip Up the Bible’s Rules to Promote a Porn Star Loving President.

March 10, 2018

I was sent away to religious schools when I was young. There was some form of service every day. Divinity was a mandatory class. And during school breaks, I was deposited once weekly at the local church for a maintenance dose of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. I mention this only to establish that, while the […]

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Kentucky Governor Calls Kim Davis an Inspiration to Children

March 10, 2018

Kim Davis, newly modest Christian, has milked her fifteen minutes of fame with a book, “Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story”. Lest you think that Kim has discovered a heretofore unknown talent for writing, let’s note that the actual scribing was done by John Aman and Mat Staver —  respectively the creative director and the founder […]

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How Do Evangelicals Get from Jesus to Trump?

January 29, 2018

Why do evangelicals want bakers to be able to deny gay couples wedding cake? They say it is their ‘sincerely held religious belief’. And as justification, they point to biblical verses saying homosexuals are an abomination — or words to that effect. But the same book has laundry lists of other things that are abominations and deserve punishment […]

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Tony Perkins Gives Trump a “Mulligan” for Adultery with a Porn Star.

January 23, 2018

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, has reacted to the revelation that Donald Trump was shtupping a porn star a year after he married his third wife, and months after son Barron was born, with a yawn. He told Politico in a podcast: “We kind of gave him—‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a […]

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The Founders’ Dream Became an American Nightmare.

January 18, 2018

America has become everything the Founders hated. Their vision of the new nation was a meritocracy where by dint of pluck and hard work any American could get ahead. In their creation, the citizenry would escape the medieval superstitions of a state religion working in lockstep with an autocratic government. Americans themselves would decide on who would […]

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