A group of lawmakers are urging President Donald Trump to sign an executive order on religious freedom. Such an executive order would allow business owners to deny services to people based on their religious beliefs.
One of the more popular examples of this is the wedding cake example. If a homosexual couple asked a person to make them a cake for their wedding, that person would be allowed to turn the couple away because the couple’s lifestyle goes against that person’s religious views.
USA Today reports:
Dozens of Republican lawmakers are asking President Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians in order to make good on a campaign promise to protect religious liberty.
In early February, Trump was reportedly considering an executive order that would reverse former president Barack Obama’s orders prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in the federal workforce or by federal contractors. But the order was never signed.
A group of 51 members of the House wrote to Trump this month to “request that you sign the draft executive order on religious liberty, as reported by numerous outlets on February 2, 2017, in order to protect millions of Americans whose religious freedom has been attacked or threatened over the last eight years.” The letter has not been publicly released but was obtained by USA TODAY.
There was a time when many businesses would post a sign that stated they reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Under the current laws, that just can’t happen.
A transaction is a two way street. It involves a buyer and a seller. The two people mutually agree to enter in some sort of business agreement. That is how a transaction works. Both people must agree.
What is happening under the current law is that one side’s freedom to choose whether or not engage in a transaction is being taken away from them. The buyer can always go someone else, but in this case the seller doesn’t have the opportunity to decline to serve a person. That’s just not fair to the seller.
The reason Republicans want this executive order is simple. They want the free market to go back to the way it needs to be: free.