The bur­den should be on busi­nesses

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Ge­orge F. Will said that the cou­ple in the Colorado bak­ery case should have found an­other baker [“Loose lips sink a Supreme Court case,” op-ed, June 7]. In Mr. Will’s view, it “would not have been bur­den­some” for them to do so.

Would Mr. Will ap­ply that logic to other mat­ters of civil rights in busi­ness and pub­lic ac­com­mo­da­tions? African Amer­i­cans de­nied ser­vice in a cof­fee shop can just go to an­other cof­fee shop. Dis­abled peo­ple de­nied ac­cess to a ho­tel can just go to an­other ho­tel. Women de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to play a golf course can go to an­other course.

In Mr. Will’s view, it wouldn’t be bur­den­some for them to do so — not nearly as bur­den­some as for our so­ci­ety and our laws to as­sure that ev­ery­one is treated fairly and equally in pub­lic places. We are all to shut up and ac­cept what­ever dis­crim­i­na­tion busi­ness own­ers choose to dish out.

Robert Tiller, Sil­ver Spring

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