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Groups should be protected regardless of size

2014-06-15T00:00:00Z 2014-06-16T08:20:04Z Groups should be protected regardless of size The Billings Gazette
June 15, 2014 12:00 am

You, as a consumer, are meandering through your local store. You select your items for purchase and make your way to the register. On the right side of your chest sits the name sticker from your church picnic you had just attended. You have completely forgotten it is there, but the clerk has taken notice.

You start setting your items on the counter when the clerk pipes in, "I'm sorry. I will not be selling you anything today. I don't cater to Christians in my store. It goes against what I believe." And he casually walks to the back with his head held high. Befuddled, you put away your money and quickly leave the store.

Imagine this was for a job interview or a shop that is the only one of its kind in your town. You were denied simply because of a core principle of who you are, whether you grew up that way or chose it for yourself.

Billings cannot afford to leave all of its citizens unprotected. Whether there is only 10 or 10,000 of a particular group, that shouldn't matter. There is no value that can be placed on someone’s life and their pursuit of happiness. We are too small, too tight-knit and much too smart for this sort of thing.

Well, some of us are. Some of us would rather keep our head held high and treat others as less of a person. Were all mentalities still that way, we would still be using separate drinking fountains.

Steven Hrubes


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