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Jim Crow & bigotry

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Michael Zigarelli is generally correct in his column “What's at stake in the Hobby Lobby case” , but slipped one by the Trib. Jim Crow and bigotry are two different things.

As a libertarian, I have always supported the individual's right to be a jerk by refusing to serve entire classes of people he didn't like, be they black, gay or whatever. As a libertarian, I have always opposed laws that force individuals to be jerks, such as the Jim Crow laws or, for that matter, the laws that forced individuals to do the opposite.

The fact is that Jim Crow laws were put in place because more and more individuals found it to their benefit to serve blacks and the bigots didn't like it. At the time, there were enough bigots to get the laws passed. As we moved into the '60s, the outright bigots became a minority, leading to laws forcing them to do what they didn't want to do.

Hobby Lobby is fighting a law that is trying to force the owner to do something he doesn't want to do. Some consider him to be a jerk. It doesn't matter. He has that right.

Bob Peirce

Venetia

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