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Comment: Re:Freedom to discriminate == no protection ... (Score 2, Informative) 771

These laws don't give you the right to say "We don't serve your kind here." at a public accommodation. That would be a violation of the law. You are not exempt from complying with laws where the government has a compelling interest.

What is somewhat amusing is that when the Federal law that provides the same protection as these State laws was passed under Clinton, it was to allow the use of ceremonial drugs in Native American rituals and the Amish to avoid some building codes.

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure Jesus said not to do this (Score 1) 771

Render unto God what is due God, and render unto Caesar what is due Caesar.

Not exactly separation of church and state, but a recognition that they are not one and the same, and that following the Law (Caesar) is not automatically a sin.

That said, I really don't understand the controversy. Why should someone be forced to participate in a ceremony that is not something they agreed to be part of willingly?

Go somewhere else.

Refusing service at a place of public accommodation is not, nor has ever been, covered by these laws.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 2) 431

by funwithBSD (#49364855) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Want to prevent someone from trying to commit suicide?

Do things that increase the chances of survival/failure. It is the one thing we are afraid of when trying to commit suicide, that we might survive the attempt. It is the one thing that stopped me. What if I survive this?

The video camera might help with that, by alerting ground controllers that something is wrong and taking over the plane remotely, unlocking the door, whatever.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?

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