Post by RichA
I just wish the western countries would say unequivocally that 'we
support free speech and you do NOT have the right not to be offended'
and 'if your response to being offended is to react violently you have
no place in our country and need to leave IMMEDIATELY'.
I mean honestly - I have my beliefs (and would describe myself as a
'person of faith') but I've never considered I have the right to
violence against those who offend me.
They might not get my business or my dollars but I wouldn't in a
gazillion years act violently against them. Freedom of speech most
especially "freedom of speech you don't agree with" is a central meme
of our civilization and if you can't accept that then you have no
place living among us.
Another of our societal memes is non-discrimination - at present our
store which I co-own has 5 staffers (we had 12 pre covid) - and this
includes Christians, Muslims and Jews. (Before the layoffs it also
included a Sikh but he was last hired so....) We have past staffers of
other faiths. Bottom line is if you don't hire who you consider the
best (or at least "pretty darned good") you don't survive in business
at the end of the day and the only criterion is 'can they make the
sale and send the customer home eager to come back soon?"