A gay couple turned up at a B&B run by Christians, and were told 'No poofters'.
Well, anyone who's been here before knows that I am definitely opposed to any form of discrimination against anyone at all for any reason, but this isn't a clear case of 'damn Christians' because I'm also opposed to discrimination against Christians. Of which there is a lot, these days.
Most religions regard homosexuality as wrong. They are wrong to regard it as wrong, as far as I'm concerned, because it doesn't harm or affect anyone else and is therefore an irrelevance. All the same, those religions have deeply held beliefs and a B&B is private property. I cannot argue that a pub should be allowed to decide whether to allow smoking, on the grounds that it is private property, then argue that a B&B must be forced to accept tenants they don't want on their private property. It's the same law. It's the same dictatorial attitude that decides what you can and cannot allow to happen on your own property.
The gay couple were incensed, and that's not surprising. They had booked in advance so the B&B owner must have known that there were two men arriving with one room booked. Well, if it were me, I wouldn't have assumed 'gay'. I'd have assumed 'two guys sharing' and nothing beyond that. It's a common money-saving method among straight men too. Unless they turned up dressed like Julian Clary, nothing beyond that would have even occurred to me.
Here's what would have happened if I had been running that B&B:
Me: Yes, what is it?
Guest 1: We've booked a room.
Me: One room, two of you?
Guest 1: Yes. Is that a problem?
Me: No, no, it just means I get paid less for having the two of you here, but don't you worry about that. It's my business that's going down the tubes, not yours. Right. Smokers?
Guest 2: Huh?
Me: Smokers? Do you smoke?
Guest 1: Yes. Do you have an outside smoking area?
Me: No, I have an ashtray. Here you go.
Guest 1: Is that legal?
Me: An ashtray? As far as I am aware, ashtrays are still legal.
Guest 2: But you can't allow smoking in the rooms, surely?
Me: If it bothers you, put the ashtray on the windowsill. I'm not going to check that room until after you've left and I'd rather not find cigarette burns on the sheets. So take the ashtray and keep your gobs shut and nobody gets into trouble. Okay?
Guest 1: Well, if you're sure...
Me: Sure. Now shut up about it. The room has one double bed. Is that a problem? Would you like an electric fence down the middle of it? Igor will set one up for you...
Guest 1: Ha-ha, no, it's fine, we're a couple.
Me: Good, the price of electricity these days...
Guest 2: You don't mind?
Me: I don't care. Just don't drop ash anywhere an inspector can find it, don't leave any obvious burns and open the window wide before you check out.
Guest 1: Thanks. Oh, by the way, my friend here is the leader of the Lib Dems in the local council.
Me: Out! Get the hell out of my house. Take your money back and begone, fiends, before I call Igor and have him give you a proper anointing, thou dastardly poltroons!
The owners of hotels and guest houses have more to fear from someone smoking in there than from someone building a thermonuclear device in there. That's Labour's idea of perspective.
The police are now investigating this B&B owner for having the temerity to decide who can and cannot stay in their house. When really, if we didn't have all these 'Thou shalt not' laws, that B&B owner could have placed on their website - 'Christian owned, no gays, witches or heathens or hideous little men in steel masks who are going to make smartass remarks about the mummification of bacon at breakfast'.
If they could have said that, no gays need have been harmed in the making of this story. Those men would simply have taken their custom elsewhere. The B&B cannot say in advance whether they have preferences as to clientele. If they could, the problem would never arise.
If they had turned away someone for being a smoker, the police would not have been involved at all. If they had turned away someone on the grounds that they'd had a few beers, the police would not have been involved at all (even though that's the main reason for booking a B&B if you're visiting somewhere else). If they had turned away someone because they were so large the owners were a-feared for their bedsprings, the police would not have been involved at all. Even when hotels have turned away soldiers, there was no police involvement.
If they turn away someone for being Muslim or coloured or gay, or because the place had no disabled access, the full weight of the law is brought to bear at once. Some groups, when offended, can prosecute. Others, when offended, will be prosecuted.
Isn't equality wonderful?
Do gay rights trump religious rights or vice versa? What if they were Chinese Muslim beef-loving ex-convicts trying to get a room in an Indian Buddhist vegan gay hotel? Which group is the more favoured? Does a run beat a flush, does four of a kind beat a full house? How does this equality work anyway?
Wouldn't life be so much easier if we didn't have it? If we just said 'Everyone is the same. Everyone can choose who and what they like and don't like as long as there's no violence.'
Labour's 'equality' is not good for anyone. It just sets up confrontations like this because you don't know in advance which places will not make you welcome. They are not allowed to tell you.
If they were, we'd know who to avoid.