We all know about the bakery that was run out of business or the photographer in N.M who declined to photograph a same-sex union ceremony because of religious beliefs.
If anyone believes these are isolated incidents then they couldn't be more wrong.
One complaint, Facebook campaign force restaurant owners to take down ‘anti-gay’ newspaper clipping
BANCROFT, Ontario, September 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A restaurant owner in the Eastern Ontario town of Bancroft has been forced to remove a newspaper clipping that had been on a bulletin board for over ten years because of one complaint that resulted in a Facebook campaign to organize a protest at the privately owned business.Here's on that has nothing to do with religious reasons but a business owner responding to complaints by his customers.
The old Toronto Star clipping featuring the words "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" has been pinned to the bulletin board of the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and Bakery for a decade, according to owners Sadie and Doug Creighton. The clipping stirred no controversy until a lesbian couple new to the community complained that they were offended by it.
“The sign caught my eye almost as soon as we sat down,” said Nat Brouse, who had gone to the restaurant for breakfast with her "wife" Steph Murphy.
“At first we were shocked that such an overt sign of hatred was just hanging out in the open to intimidate the queer community,” said Brouse, according to a Bancroft This Week report.~snip~
Portland bar owner must pay $400,000 for kicking transgender patrons out of bar
PORTLAND, OR, September 4, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Portland bar owner will have to pay a $400,000 fine for kicking out a group of cross-dressers whom he says were ruining his business.In other words the government has decided that this business owner can't even determine the nature of his establishment and what kind of customers he wants to attract.
Chris Penner, the owner of the Twilight Room Annex, has to pay 11 transgender patrons the hefty sum after asking them to stop coming to his bar.
Penner said female patrons complained that the transgender men went to the restroom with the stall doors open, then left the toilet seats up when they were finished.
“I feel for this bar owner. Obviously these gender-confused men who want to be 'women' were causing him to lose customers with their outrageous behavior,” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, told LifeSiteNews.com. “Now he's been hit with a massive fine courtesy of discriminatory pro-LGBT laws.”
Penner left a voicemail asking the men, who call themselves the T-Girls, to stop coming to his bar (then called the P Club) every Friday.
“People think that a.) We’re a tranny bar or b.) We’re a gay bar. We are neither,” he said. “People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be here on a Friday night now.”~snip~
I wonder what the governments reaction would be if a bunch of bikers took over his bar and he asked them to leave after trashing the place?
It's not just religious reasons that business owners want to have the right to run their businesses as they choose, the truth is that customers will decide for themselves how much "tolerance" they will have towards deviant behaviour and will spend their time and money where they will feel comfortable.