Phil Robertson, Discrimination Laws, and the Free Market


Anyone who knows me long enough ends up knowing how I feel about anti-discrimination laws that have been forced upon the free market by our government.

You also know that I despise hypocrisy.

So I can’t claim to be in favor of the free market if I pick and choose when to enforce anti-discrimination laws in the free market. I either support them 100% of the time or I reject them 100% of the time, not this wishy-washy “No you can’t fire him because RELIGION AND FREE SPEECH!”

First of all, read the 1st Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Congress shall make no law.

Not “private businesses shall make no business decision”.

In fact, that’s why I think that anti-discrimination laws are decidedly un-first amendment. They are an active decision by Congress that restricts the free practice of religion and speech by businesses and their owners.

Disregarding anti-discrimination laws (because I can’t very well regard them in this situation since I find them unconstitutional) based on the free market A&E has every right to fire Phil Robertson or even cancel Duck Dynasty.

Are either of those things good business moves?

Probably not considering the shows ratings and the general demographic that makes up the shows viewers. 99% of them will have no problem with what Phil said (Hell, I have no problem with what Phil said. He’s allowed his own opinion and I don’t care what he thinks)  so they weren’t going to stop watching the show. 99% of those saying they were going to “boycott” the show because of what Phil said had probably never watched more than an episode or two, judging by demographics who would be offended.

But here’s the thing.

If we are going to walk around advocating that people have the right to refuse service to gay people having weddings, then we can’t go around saying that A&E is “attacking freedom of speech and freedom of religion” for making a business decision. It might be a stupid business decision and you can punish them for it by walking out with your wallet and refusing to give them business, but you can’t tell them they aren’t allowed to do something because the government says not too.

That’s the opposite of the free market.

That’s government regulation.

And you know how I feel about that.

So please, please, don’t be hypocritical and defend government regulation when it suits you. That just sucks and makes me want to cry.

Please, PLEASE, try to be consistent.

Free markets, small government, and low taxes.

That’s our motto.

Anti-Discrimination laws don’t advance ANY of those.


This is the first (and probably last) time I will write any post in relation to Duck Dynasty (or A&E) so don’t expect this to be a regular thing.


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  1. The Right to Discriminate In Business – Elementary Politics

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