Letters to the Editor

It is time for folks to get a grip, stop name-calling

In the summer of 1981, after a job transfer moved me from Alabama to New Orleans, I, while trying to buy lunch in a po-boy shop on St. Peters Street, was informed (none too politely) by the proprietor that "We don't serve white folks here."

I politely smiled, turned, walked out the door and quickly found another po-boy shop that did serve "white folks." No damage done. I suppose a lot of folks in today's world would criticize me for not calling the police or hiring a lawyer. But I'm not that confrontational, no one was hurt and a more common sense entrepreneur earned a few bucks.

I wonder today: Whatever happened to common sense and a live-and-let-live attitude? Every day I see, read and hear folks being called racists, bigots, homophobes, stupid, etc., all because they believe a person or business has a right to refuse to perform an act they find contrary to their religious beliefs.

I consider myself a fairly Orthodox Christian, but I would not refuse to bake anyone a cake. I certainly would not argue with or sue a Muslim or Jewish baker who refused to bake a "Christian" wedding cake for me.

Would you?

Seems to me it is time for folks to get a grip and settle down a bit. Let's stop all the name-calling and try to understand issues from the other guy's perspective. For sure, one thing we do not need is more legislation for simple common sense issues.

BILL A. MYERS

Diamondhead

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