Friday, February 28, 2014

Arizona law banning some slavery vetoed

The nation should, by now, be aware of the Arizona bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds. This bill was vetoed by the governor of Arizona.

Anti-discrimination laws, whether meant to protect gays and lesbians or racial minorities, are legalized slavery. That is why this bill should have been passed and why it did not go far enough. The constitution of the United States explicitly prohibits involuntary servitude.

It is not hard to show that anti-discrimination laws are slavery.

1. All forms of involuntary servitude are slavery.
2. Anti-discrimination laws are involuntary servitude.
3. Therefore anti-discrimination laws are slavery.

Proposition one is noncontroversial, it is the definition of slavery. Proposition two is clearly true.

4. The purpose of anti-discrimination laws is to force people to serve those who they would discriminate against.
5. Forcing people to serve is involuntary servitude.
6. Therefore, anti-discrimination laws are involuntary servitude.

Both propositions four and five should be non-controversial. If you disagree with four, you must now explain what you believe the purpose of anti-discrimination laws is.

This does not mean I condone discrimination. There may be times when discrimination is appropriate. Other times it is not. Using the guns of government to deal with discrimination is the solution to this problem. In a free society, some people will make choices we disagree with. But violence and slavery are not the correct tools to deal with these people.

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