April 26, 2018
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) April 25, 2018
This could end up being a very interesting situation.
A Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday that kicking a Trump supporter out of a bar does not violate the law – because the law does not protect against political discrimination.
Greg Piatek of Philadelphia claims he was refused service and then eventually removed from a New York City bar in January 2017 for wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat, in a lawsuit against the establishment.
“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 told him.
Piatek claimed the incident “offended his sense of being an American,” the New York Post reported.
The lawyer representing The Happiest Hour, Elizabeth Conway, argued that he was not discriminated against because only religious – not political – beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination law.
“Supporting Trump is not a religion,” Conway argued.
Okay so look.
I’m not a lawyer.
But I’m having a very difficult time understanding what exactly the difference is between a political ideology and a religion.
Or a sexual behavior.
When “civil rights” was about race, I of course didn’t agree with it because I believe in freedom of association, but at least everyone was able to follow the idea that you are born a race and there’s not really anything you can do about that, so you deserve equal treatment.
Agree or not agree, it is coherent.
But when you add religion and sexual behavior, but then exclude political affiliation… you’re in some really muddy territory.
I think this case is going to go to the Supreme Court, and I think it could be absolutely excellent for us.
It would mean they would have to let us all back on Twitter, for example.
And that is just an example.
They also wouldn’t be able to fire us anymore, or kick us out of school, or refuse to hire us, or kick us off of… anything.
I’m a little bit surprised that there wasn’t pressure on this judge to just be like “yeah, okay, let him in the fucking bar,” as that would have at least stalled this a bit.
This is definitely a case to keep your eyes on.
We could be headed for a big, big win.