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Bars Can Deny Service to People They Disagree with But Bakers and Florists Can’t

A man supporting Donald Trump and demonstrating his support by wearing a MAGA hat was told to leave the bar where he was sitting down to have drinks and a meal.

The owner of the bar took umbrage at the man’s political views and told him he must leave the bar. The patron decided to sue because of discrimination:

A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that there’s nothing “outrageous” about throwing the president’s supporters out of bars — because the law doesn’t protect against political discrimination.

Philadelphia accountant Greg Piatek, 31, was bounced from a West Village watering hole in January 2017, just after Trump took the oath of office, for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, according to his lawsuit over the incident.

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“Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the staff of The Happiest Hour on West 10th Street told him after he and his pals complained about the rude service they were getting from a bartender.

I believe the owner of the Happiest Hour Bar has a right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, including someone who’s wearing a Make America Great Again hat or an “I’m With Her” hat. But freedom is a one-way street with Leftists.

The judge in the case ruled, “Here the claim that plaintiff was not served and eventually escorted out of the bar because of his perceived support for President Trump is not outrageous conduct.”

What’s interesting about this case is that the court ruled in favor of the owner citing the freedom of the owner not to serve someone she disagrees with.

In what way is it permissible for an owner of a bar to refuse service to someone she disagrees with politically, but it’s not permissible for a baker, florist, or photographer to refuse service for a viewpoint they disagree with?

Those who have been fined by several states because of their refusal to support a particular practice — same-sex weddings — should have the same legal protection as the bar owner.

There is a significant difference in how Mr. Piatek was treated from the way homosexuals have been treated by bakers. He was refused service by the owner for the message on his hat and was asked to leave. The bakers who refused to service a same-sex wedding did not discriminate against homosexuals who came in to purchase a cake.

I’ll bet you if the owner of the bar owned a bakery that she should not make a MAGA cake. And she would have every right to refuse.

Leftists refuse to do business with people they disagree with on a regular basis. And they are free to do that. There are two systems of justice in America. We’ve seen it with Hillary and Trump, and we’re seeing it with people who hold religious beliefs about certain types of sexual practices and ideologies and conservative policies in general.

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