A judge in Manhattan, New York ruled on Wednesday that there is nothing “outrageous” about kicking the president’s supporters out of bars, according to the New York Post. While some view this as another hit job against supporters of President Donald Trump, it’s actually a very big win for freedom.
In January, Greg Piatek was reportedly refused service at The Happiest Hour bar for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. In his lawsuit, he claims that he was singled out for being a conservative, which violated his rights.
“Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the bar staff told him.
That’s a fair argument. However, the bar’s lawyer, Elizabeth Conway, countered by saying only religious, not political, beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination laws. She argued supporting Trump isn’t a religion, and thereby not protected under New York law.
On Wednesday, Justice David Cohen ruled in favor of the bar, saying Piatek’s MAGA hat wasn’t protected under state or city laws given that supporting the president doesn’t violate any faith-based principles.
On the surface, the ruling has upset many. It comes across as another court ruling against a Trump supporter by a politically-motivated judge who doesn’t care about conservatives being discriminated against.
But the truth is that the judge is correct: privately-owned businesses should have every right to refuse service to anyone. This also means the rule should apply when it goes against liberals.
But it doesn’t. If a business owner doesn’t want to bake a cake for a gay couple because of religious beliefs, that person should have every right to serve whoever they choose. Whether they lose or gain business is irrelevant — it’s about ensuring freedom of rights. Here we see that constitutional rights are seemingly only enforced when it applies in a negative way to Conservatives.
To be clear, a bar should be able to refuse service to a guy wearing a Trump hat just like a bakery should be able to cite religious beliefs for refusing service to a gay couple. It should be fair and constitutional–all the way around.
Protecting religious liberties and freedoms is what this nation was founded on, where the Founding Fathers intended for citizens to be protected under the law from actions that infringe on those guaranteed rights. And Cohen’s ruling, in the bigger scheme of things, upholds those values.