Reader MV alerted me to this story about how “Martha Boggs, the owner of Knoxville’s The Bistro at the Bijou, asked [Tennessee Senator Stacey] Campfield to leave after he tried to dine at her establishment.” The Senator had introduced a “prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom before the ninth grade“.
According to Metropulse blog, Boggs said that she “didn’t want his hate in my restaurant“; she told the Senator “he wasn’t welcome[:] . . . I feel like he’s gone from being stupid to being dangerous, and I wanted to stand up to him.'” She should be free to decided who’s welcome (and who’s not), particularly on her property.
A restauranter should have the right to refuse service to everyone. Kudos, Ms. Boggs for so bolding exercising your freedom!
She didn’t ask for any special privilege from the state — or seek to deprive anyone of his rights, but exercised her own. This was on her property; an individual should be free to associate with whomever he chooses on his (or her) own land.
Contrast this with a story Glenn linked in May 2010 where the ACLU successfully sued a Long Beach, California restaurant for refusing service to Nazis supporting lapel pins. Nice to see that some states still allow businesses to refuse service to those whose views she finds offensive.