I disagree with George on the University of Maryland incident involving the “right” of the cashier to refuse to serve someone wearing a pro-Israel t-shirt, and the right of the business to allow its employees to refuse customers in that way. Given what all of us have to put up with these days all around us–on t-shirts, in dress, in metal piercings and tattoos, in speech, with cell phones, in bad behavior, in poor manners, in propaganda in the schools, in loud talking and raucous music in public places, in screaming undisciplined children, and so forth–thanks to an ethos of liberationism plus political correctness, I am not going to accede to this so-called “right.”
The University of Maryland expressly forbids discrimination of this kind but the co-op workers, so indulged in the leftwing PC vision that they should never feel offended, could not imagine that it could apply to them. This was finally a chance to show them the true meaning of why we practice tolerance–that what you impose on others will one day come back to burden you. They should be held to the standards that have been imposed on the rest of society. This is a business serving the public. But this lesson has been curtailed because the one side has all the power today. I therefore see no value in allowing expansive latitude that favors only one side and that basically feeds into the PC tyranny. If someone came in with a t-shirt proclaiming transgendered freedom or something like that and was refused service, there would have been a lawsuit. But the irony is, it is unlikely that any cashier would protest such a message, because he would be mortally fearful and thoroughly cowed by the PC tyranny which favors messages of that kind. Thus the woman who wore the pro-Israel t-shirt is acting as if she did something wrong. No religion could have done better in getting the “sinner” to practice self-flagellation.