I recently read the Quad-City Times editorial, “The right to be awful” and it sounds like a typical conservative who uses his religious beliefs as a shield to justify harmful behavior.

If we follow your so-called logic, it would be OK for a business owner to refuse to serve African-Americans or any other race if their decision is based on their religious beliefs. Or it would be OK for a business owner to refuse to serve a Muslim customer for the same reason. Well, it is never OK to discriminate against anybody for any reason.

You say you have gay relatives that you love and support, yet you’re OK if they’re discriminated against because of their sexual orientation as long as it’s based on a person’s religious beliefs.

What kind of love and support is that? My relatives who live in the Quad-Cities have always been loving and supportive of me being gay and wouldn’t want me to be discriminated against for any reason. Now that’s family.

Not wanting to serve a gay person, or any person for that matter, is a bad business decision, but it is also discriminatory, and allowing someone to hide behind his or her religious beliefs to justify their behavior is simply un-American.

Scott Southward

Hemet, California

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