“The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief.”
Back in January 2017, after President Donald Trump took office, Greg Piatek, an accountant from Philadelphia visited the Happiest Hour Bar in New York City’s West Village.
Piatek wore a Make America Great Again hat, which prompted staff to ask Piatek and his friends to leave.
He sued and claimed the staff “offended his sense of being American.” His lawyer made a case for religious discrimination to no avail.
Piatek’s lawyer tried wove religion into the incident in order to make a case for his client. From The New York Post:
But on Wednesday, when the bar’s lawyer, Elizabeth Conway, pointed out that only religious, and not political, beliefs are protected under state and city discrimination laws, saying, “supporting Trump is not a religion” — Piatek pivoted.
“The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial,” his attorney Paul Liggieri told Justice David Cohen in court Wednesday.
“He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief,” Liggieri claimed. Piatek and his pals had, in fact, visited the memorial before the bar.
“Rather than remove his hat, instead he held true to his spiritual belief and was forced from the bar,” Liggieri said.
I…I have no words. Granted, I have seen people on social media and heard people talk about how supporting Trump is a cult and they treat him like a God, yada yada yada.
The judge asked the lawyer how many others engage in this “spiritual program,” but Liggieri could not (obviously) provide the numbers. The judge asked, “So it’s a creed of one?” Liggieri had no choice but to agree.
The judge concluded that Piatek “does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates” and described the incident as a “‘petty’ slight.”
I am a libertarian and I cannot stand it when the government tells a business how to run things. Consumers have forgotten how much power they hold. All you have to do is get the word out that this business won’t serve this person or that person.
I have even declared that if a bakery turns down your request for a wedding cake that I will be more than happy to bake you one!!
Which leads me to my next point. When I saw this story circulating, many of the responses said BAKE THE CAKE. There have been so many stories of gay couples suing bakers because the business will not make them a wedding cake.
Piatek claimed a form of religious discrimination in his lawsuit against the bar. The lawyer for that bar said religious beliefs have protection “under city and state discrimination laws.”
THAT line right there caused my ears to perk up. Does that mean lawsuits against Christian bakers or photographers or florists will stop? After all, those business owners are being sued over religious beliefs.DONATE
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