There are few more egregiously abusive political unions than the one between social conservatives and the merchant class. That the latter’s persistent contempt is returned only with stupefied reverence must be a matter of great jocularity around the board table. The quid-pro-quo between these unbalanced allies typically proceeding along the lines of The free market is our values. Without it, we couldn’t import foreign service workers while exporting manufacturing facilities. Oh, and since we’re offering you this plank of social conservatism, why not return the favor and cut our taxes? What a friend we have in the Chamber of Commerce.
Whether via Procrustean diversity programs, open borders agitation, or hysterical assaults on anything more traditional than double-entry accounting, capitalists have have been a potent enemy under the guise of friendship. Though as both the numbers and vigor of social conservatives have waned, the businessman has increasingly dropped his end of the charade.
One hopefully vivid example of this is presently on display in Atlanta, Georgia, where hate has reemerged to threaten not only corporate balance sheets, but the apogee of bouncy ball itself.
One day before Georgia state legislators passed the controversial “religious liberty” bill, they united to bring the Super Bowl to Atlanta by granting a $10 million sales tax exemption to fans buying tickets to the game — a tax break NFL officials said was mandatory in securing one of the world’s most lucrative sporting events.
A majority of those same legislators may have dealt Atlanta’s bid for the Super Bowl a hard blow with the passage of a bill that opponents say would memorialize into law discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people.
On Friday, the NFL released a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that said any form of discrimination is inconsistent with its business practices and could affect the awarding of the Super Bowl.
House bill 757, known as the “religious liberty” bill because it allows non-profit faith-based groups with “deeply held religious beliefs” to opt out of marrying, employing and providing services to gay people, was passed by the state legislature Wednesday and now sits on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.
“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in the statement. “Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”
Or any other improper standard! And yes, we’ll let you know, so don’t ask. Also religious liberty must be several orders of tolerance and inclusion below a black panther half-time musical. Though apparently some latitude was granted the lead performer for transmitting vocals through her snapping vagina–or at least I surmised that was the reason she had it thrust into the camera. Regardless, the point is the NFL is a business. And it won’t accept improper standards.
One of the more infamously improper of these will be recalled by readers of a prior vintage. In 1993, the NFL found the entire state of Arizona wanting in its standards. The offense? Failure to pass a state law declaring the months of summer as a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, esq, cpa. Of course this was a rich opportunity to usher the foul foot-ball syndicate from the state entirely. Though as typical, elected representatives leapt into prone position, the holiday was passed, and three years later they had their Super Pot.
Though let’s seek more clarity on Georgia’s bigot bill. As it is described in a separate piece…
The bill would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief” and preserve their right to fire employees who aren’t in accord with those beliefs. It would also require government to prove a “compelling governmental interest” before it interferes with a person’s exercise of religion, and it includes a clause saying it could not be used to allow discrimination banned by state or federal law.
That’s called Freedom of Association. And that’s a penumbra hospitable only to blacks. Picture it as a sort of Constitutional cornerback position.
Freedom of association as a concept thus grew out of a series of cases in the 1950’s and 1960’s in which certain States were attempting to curb the activities of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In the first case, the Court unanimously set aside a contempt citation imposed after the organization refused to comply with a court order to produce a list of its members within the State. ”Effective advocacy of both public and private points of view, particularly controversial ones, is undeniably enhanced by group association, as this Court has more than once recognized by remarking upon the close nexus between the freedoms of speech and assembly.”
So imagine if this Georgia bill proceeds into law and employers were at liberty to fire workers not in harmony with their beliefs. You could have honest and open anti-semites getting terminated from their staff positions at the ADL and SPLC–or worse yet, not being hired in the first place. That’s just wrong. And the NFL isn’t going to tolerate it.
Though returning from matters of obvious moral clarity to the work of the holy dollar, businessmen as a class care not a whit about principle, tradition, or fairness. And the only damn they give about ‘free markets’ is to keep a large moat around their own. They exist solely to grease their own personal supply chain. And the loyalty of gullible SoCons makes for an able lubricant.